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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 first of the shock rock! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

NC-17 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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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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Trivia

The Criterion Collection had been trying to obtain the distribution rights from 20th Century Fox for a Blu-ray release for about a decade until Fox offered them a deal; if they wanted this film they also had to release Valley of the Dolls (1967) as part of the package deal. Both films received a Blu-ray release September 2016. See more »

Goofs

When Travis and Kelly play chess, Travis claims he lost when his bishop could have captured Kelly's knight. This could be intentional. See more »

Quotes

[Kelly and Z-Man have walked into a bathroom to find a couple having sex in Z-Man's bathroom]
Ronnie (Z-Man) Barzell: Glad to see my audience in such happy dalliance. Pray, let them joust in peace!
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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

The British Board of Film Classification have cut the UK video release by 53 seconds. New opening credits were required for this release, as the BBFC would not allow a montage shot of a gun being pushed into the mouth of a sleeping woman, a scene that also reappears in full at the end of the movie (and was also cut). Ironically, the film has been broadcast uncut several times on UK network TV, by Channel 4. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Planet Terror (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Comin' Home
by Paul Marshall
Performed by The Strawberry Alarm Clock (uncredited)
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User Reviews

"Beyond the Valley of the Dolls/In a corner of the sky..."
8 May 2001 | by Vince-5See all my reviews

One of the all-time great cult films, BVD is an energetic, imaginative parody of Valley of the Dolls and other such dippy Hollywood melodramas. Our three lusty, busty heroines are the members of an all-girl pop group. From one trailer: "Dolly Read is Kelly, the singer. Cynthia Myers is Casey, the swinger. Marcia McBroom is Pet, the soul sister." Whoa! Anyway, our trio of sexy supervixens move out to Hollywood, get discovered immediately, and are thrown into a whirlpool of pill addiction, alcoholism, lesbianism, abortions, depression, double crosses, crippling injuries, lots of violence, and lots of sex. All of this is played with a deceptively straight face, with the wild comedy arising from the ludicrousness of the soap-opera situations. One particularly sudsy moment is even accompanied by swelling daytime-TV organ music! There are obvious jokes, which are spirited and very funny, and even some sly references to Valley of the Dolls (a character named Miriam, the Warwick Court Apartments). The ending has to be seen to be believed, and even then....

The acting is very good (though Dolly Read's natural British and fake American accents are openly battling throughout), with top prizes taken by John LaZar as freaked-out record mogul Z-Man and Edy Williams as voracious porno queen Ashley St. Ives. The women, sporting big hair and thick false eyelashes, are all incredibly beautiful, and Russ Meyer lovingly captures them in neon-bright color. The editing and camerawork are fast-paced and super-stylish, as usual with Meyer. The soundtrack is excellent.

A groovy, sexy, X-rated look at L.A. back when it was cool!

Trivia: The reason this X seems so mild is because it was intended for an R! Meyer did prepare a more explicit version, but when this tamer cut was X'd, Fox elected to distribute it instead of the racier print. The video box says NC-17 because Fox has a policy against never releasing an X-rated tape. Of course, an X in 1970 did mean 17 and over, whereas it now means 18 and over. HUGE chasm there!


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