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Valley of the Dolls

Barbara Parkins , Patty Duke , Mark Robson    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
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They don't make 'em like this anymore. Well, John Waters might, if he ever had a big enough budget. A steamy "inside look" at the alternately sleazy and glamorous world of catfighting, backbiting show-biz starlets, this Hollywood hit from the bestselling novel by Jacqueline Susann is a high-gloss camp artifact--a time capsule (or some kind of capsule, anyway)--from the screwy '60s, when a broad was a broad, a bitch was a bitch (whether "her" name was Neely O'Hara or Ted Casablanca), and a "doll" was a prescription drug. These dames of whine and poses obsessed over their bust lines, booze, and barbiturates. The once-shocking and scandalous language and behavior of these Broadway babes has been eclipsed by Dallas, Dynasty, and Melrose Place, but time has only enhanced the stature of Valley of the Dolls as a classic--and it still puts Showgirls to shame. With Patty Duke, Susan Hayward, Sharon Tate, Lee Grant, Barbara Parkins, and Martin Milner (and juicy, scene-chewing dialogue such as the infamous: "They drummed you out of Hollywood, so you come crawling back to Broadway. But Broadway doesn't go for booze and dope--now get out of my way, I've got a man waiting for me!"), Valley of the Dolls is the Mount Rushmore of backstage movie melodramas. --Jim Emerson

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Lured by their dreams of fame and fortune, three ambitious young women enter the world of show business and discover how easy it is to sink into a celebrity nightmare of ego, alcohol and 'pills' - the beloved "dolls." A prim New Englander (Barbara Parkins) unexpectedly skyrockets from her job as secretary in a talent agency to a glamorous TV model. A determined singer (Patty Duke) finds that Hollywood success can also spell self-destruction. And a beautiful sex symbol (Sharon Tate) is torn between the money commands and the shame of feeling exploited. Based on Jacqueline Susann's phenomenal best-seller about the underside of Hollywood, this fascinating melodrama was once seen as a shocking behind-the-scenes look at how show business creates instant stars, destroys romances and changes personalities forever.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "They drummed you right out of Hollywood..... May 11 2004
Format:VHS Tape
...so you come crawling back to Broadway"....
Just one of a myriad of oh-so-quotable lines from the classic VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, based on Jacqueline Susann's steamy pulp-fiction bestseller of 1966. The acting is pure cheese, the script is a paler, watered-down imitation of Susann's text and the songs are God-awful. But there is something about this little gem that draws me in time after time. I could easily watch it once or twice a day and never get bored with it.
The story recounts three girls in New York: Anne Welles (Barbara Parkins - BEAR ISLAND), Neely O'Hara (Patty Duke - THE MIRACLE WORKER) and Jennifer North (Sharon Tate).
Anne has just arrived from small-town Lawrenceville, and landed a job as secretary in an entertainment law-firm. This leads Anne to the acquaintance of Neely, a young up-and-coming Broadway singer who's just been dumped from the new musical starring Helen Lawson (Susan Hayward - I WANT TO LIVE). The reason?...Neely would easily steal the show, and the only star of a Helen Lawson show is Helen Lawson...!
Anne also meets Jennifer, a sweet but by her own admission, talentless showgirl/model. Anne's boss Lyon Burke (Paul Burke) arranges for Neely to sing on a charity telethon, and she quickly lands her own revue at a prominent nightclub. Jennifer marries handsome crooner Tony Polar (Tony Scotti) against the wishes of his sister/manager Miriam (Lee Grant - VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED). Anne then gets discovered by a cosmetics firm and becomes the glamorous 'Gillian Girl'.
The story moves to Hollywood where both Neely and Tony are turned into movie stars. Success comes too fast and easily for Neely who disappears into a heady world of dolls and alcohol.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valley Of The Dolls 1967 Dec 20 2013
By Brian
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Hate the movie. However,Valley of the Dolls love the actress Sharon Tate <3 A very memorable performance. She makes the film worth watching time and time again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars title track Oct. 31 2012
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I saw this movie long ago in the 70's when it was shown on British TV. Then, like now, I was into anything that had something to do with those halcyon 60's. And yes I agree with all the reviews that have gone before mine on how good and how bad the film is...but you just have to love it. What draws my interest more than anything is the title song by Dionne Warwick. I subsequently searched for the track on vinyl afterwards, but found that the one released commercially was different to that in the film score. The version in the film is slower, and more restrained than the single issued.
I will buy this DVD on the strength of the intro with the overhead view of the train headed toward New York and the close up of Barbara Parkins' face looking out of the window accompanied by that haunting arrangement sung by Ms Warwick.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Missed the mark March 5 2011
By Dax
Format:DVD
Unfortunately this film skims over all the critical parts of character development found in the book. It deviates in many ways and doesn't lend a very effective visual presentation of the book (which I loved). I thought with the glamour of the 60s injected into the story line it would be better than the reviews here but unfortunately the reviews are right on par. I kept watching this film out of sheer curiosity, I'm really glad I read the book first or I would have been turned off completely. And yes the acting IS terrible!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Read the book! Dec 25 2009
Format:DVD
Loved the book, wasn't so fond of the movie. Interesting to compare and note the similarities/differences between the book and the movie, but not even close to being as good as the book. I hope they remake this movie (and do the novel justice) someday!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Quoteable Quotes May 25 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I can't resist....More Quotes:
"Ted Casablanca is NOT a fag. And I'm the dame who can prove it."
"You're not the breadwinnah either."
"Tony! Tony! To-neeeeeeeee!"
"Miriam.....I'm pregnant."
"Sparkle Neely...Sparkle."
"She's the one who wanted the kiddies and the vine covered cottage."
"My beautiful little doll. Just one, and one more."
"We're closing now Miss O'Hara."
"Oh God you've got your costume on for the second act!"
"Lyon? He's in the shower. I'll have him call you back."
"I've done pills, booze and a funny farm. I don't need anybody or anything!"
"The song goes, and the kid with it"
"I know all about run-of-the-play contracts."
"Neely, just a few short years ago you were an unknown little girl singing for her supper. Now because of the lush, warm notes that have emerged from your throat, you have become the idol of record buyers and movie goers all over America."
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5.0 out of 5 stars I need more than 5 stars May 25 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Heck - the quotes alone will cover a page. See if you can add to this list:
"I wanted a marriage like mom and dad's, but not yet. First I want new experiences, new faces, new surroundings. Lawrenceville will be there foreveah."
"I remember the night I told them I was going to New York. They said it was a dreadful place for a vacation. I announced I was going to work there."
"George Washington didn't sleep there but he did dip a bucket of water from our well."
"I can still see them standing there waving. Aunt Amy, Mama and Willie. Poor Willie, he didn't know I was leaving his life forevah."
"Queenie's pregnant again. My Siamese. Drat! I hope its not that beat up black Tom."
"Black Siamese should be very pretty. I'm Anne Wells."
"Oh yes, the agency phoned about you. A BA in Radcliffe. Mr. Bellamy will like that. He will thin it will gives the office tone."
"Don't give her that I loved you when I was a little girl routine or she'll stab you in the back."
"Neely never had that hard core like me. She never learned to roll with the punches."
"Find yourself a wife. Have kids. Or one day you'll wind up alone like me. I wonder what the hell happened?"
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