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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 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The closer they get to the top - the nearer they get to the bottom See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

NC-17 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

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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Box Office

Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Budgeted at a modest $900,000 (approximately $4.5 million in 2005 dollars), the film grossed ten times the amount in the US market, qualifying it as a hit for the beleaguered 20th Century-Fox. Though tame by modern standards, "Dolls" was slapped with an "X" rating, and there was much negative publicity generated by the fact a major studio had allowed a "pornographer", Russ Meyer (labeled "King Leer" by the mainstream press at the time) to make a Hollywood film under its aegis. Grace Kelly, who was a member of the board of directors of Fox, was outraged and lobbied to have the studio's contract with Meyer terminated. After his next Fox film, The Seven Minutes (1971) flopped at the box office (possibly due to its LACK of nudity and titillation), the studio terminated its relationship with Meyer. He never made another film for a studio. 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

Kelly MacNamara: In a scene like this you get a contact-high!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Siskel & Ebert 500th Anniversary Special (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Look Up At The Bottom
by Bob Stone and Stu Phillips
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Better Than A Bentley!
17 October 2000 | by johnm_001See all my reviews

Easily the best (and funniest) film about sex, drugs and rock and roll, ever made! Gorgeous women (Cynthia Myers is almost too incredible to believe), great tunes, time capsule worthy costumes, and break-neck editing, put this film in a class all its own. There has truly never been anything like it. Must be seen (in WIDESCREEN ONLY) to be believed. Wonderfully appropriate score by Stu Phillips. For what it is, the film's a masterwork. Recommended!


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