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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

NC-17 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 17 June 1970 (USA)
Three girls come to Hollywood to make it big, but find only sex, drugs and sleaze.

Director:

Russ Meyer

Writers:

Roger Ebert (screenplay), Roger Ebert (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolly Read ... Kelly Mac Namara
Cynthia Myers ... Casey Anderson
Marcia McBroom ... Petronella Danforth
John Lazar ... Ronnie (Z-Man) Barzell (as John La Zar/John LaZar)
Michael Blodgett ... Lance Rocke
David Gurian ... Harris Allsworth
Edy Williams ... Ashley St. Ives
Erica Gavin Erica Gavin ... Roxanne
Phyllis Davis ... Susan Lake
Harrison Page ... Emerson Thorne
Duncan McLeod Duncan McLeod ... Porter Hall (as Duncan Mc Leod/Duncan McLeod)
James Iglehart ... Randy Black (as Jim Iglehart)
Charles Napier ... Baxter Wolfe
Henry Rowland Henry Rowland ... Otto
Princess Livingston ... Matron
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Storyline

This film is a sequel in name only to Valley of the Dolls (1967). An all-girl rock band goes to Hollywood to make it big. There they find success, but luckily for us, they sink into a cesspool of decadence. This film has a sleeping woman performing on a gun which is in her mouth. It has women posing as men. It has lesbian sex scenes. It is also written by Roger Ebert, who had become friends with Russ Meyer after writing favorable reviews of several of his films. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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The world is full of them, the super-octane girls who are old at twenty. If they get to be twenty. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

NC-17 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

B-film diva and TV star Phyllis's Davis' film career got off to an auspicious start when a feud with Russ Meyer later erupted into a bitter showdown, even reported but unresolved in the pages of TV Guide. "It was while I was doing LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE," explains Davis. "I tested for BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS and no one could see the script. We thought it was like 1967's VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, that it was a sequel. I thought I was doing Barbara Parkins' role from the original, and I had no idea who Russ Meyer was. I screen tested and I got it on the first day I got the script and it was not the Barbara Parkins role. Meyer and I didn't care for one another. I wasn't the type he was exactly looking for. I had to go out in the desert and, all of a sudden, they couldn't find my clothes and they wanted me to go nude. It was not a happy situation. I can't say it was Russ Meyer's fault. I just wasn't what he wanted. I was the best on the test as an actress, but I wasn't good at what he portrayed. I went to see it and I quit show business for a while after I saw myself, I was so bad. Afterward, the producers from LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE had dinner with me, calming me down and telling me, 'No, don't quit. OK, you were bad but so was everyone else."" See more »

Goofs

During the Carrie Nation's performances, horns can be heard in the music. There is no horn section in the band. See more »

Quotes

Petronella Danforth: And there's someone else inside, but I, I, I don't know who it is. The head is missing!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Disclaimer: THE FILM YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE IS NOT A SEQUEL TO "VALLEY OF THE DOLLS." IT IS WHOLLY ORIGINAL AND BEARS NO RELATIONSHIP TO REAL PERSONS, LIVING OR DEAD. IT DOES, LIKE "VALLEY OF THE DOLLS" DEAL WITH THE OFT-TIMES NIGHTMARE WORLD OF SHOW BUSINESS BUT IN A DIFFERENT TIME AND CONTEXT. See more »

Alternate Versions

All the UK cuts were finally waived by the BBFC for the 2003 DVD release. See more »


Soundtracks

Come With The Gentle People
by Bob Stone and Stu Phillips
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To me - a fun movie, To my wife - not much fun
27 August 2002 | by susanswebSee all my reviews

I liked this movie but I was prepared, having read about it extensively before seeing it. From the soundtrack to the camera and editing tricks to the performances, I liked it all. My only problem was the middle part of the movie which concentrated on the personal troubles of the band, sort of dragged. Only when John Lazar came back did the movie pick up and I guess I'm in the minority because I liked the ending. Mainly, because it took the outrageous flavor from the beginning and went even farther. The casting was especially noteworthy. Normally, people who can't act really bother me but watching all of the Playboy playmates trying to act serious while spouting out hilariously clichéd dialogue (I can only hope that Roger Ebert and Russ Meyer weren't trying to write authentic dialogue) was very funny. Special note must be given to the drummer trying to pretend that she could really play. Only Lazar came off as a real actor and he tackled his role with gusto. It is a shame to see that he has never really done anything worthy of his talents after this. Having seen this film only once I don't know how it would hold up after repeated viewings but I can say it is worth seeing at least once.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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