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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
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...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 I need more than 5 stars May 25 2004
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars A legendary bad movie! Jan. 11 2004
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Format:VHS Tape
I am giving "Valley of the Dolls" one star because that is what it deserves. It was a big budget, lavish, Hollywood production with two Oscar winners in prominent roles that completely failed at every facet of the art of filmmaking. It's only value is as a work of high camp. However, it was not made to be high camp, but to be a serious look at the pratfalls of fame and drug abuse for three fresh-faced young women. Don't get me wrong. I think "Valley of the Dolls" to be one of the funniest and goofiest movies ever made, but I only give 4-5 star reviews to funny movies that actually set out to be comedies. I don't reward unbelievably inept direction, inane dialogue, and god-awful, "has-to-be-seen-to-be-believed" acting with 4-5 stars.
One would have to write a book in order to fully catalogue this movie's deficiences in any detail. Therefore, I'll just mention the most infamous part of "Valley of the Dolls"- Patty Duke as the starlet from Hell, "Neely O'Hara." Her performance as "Neely O'Hara" ranks as one of the worst in the history of film. A performance so over-the-top and badly done it literally has to be seen to be believed- especially her flashback to life in the sanitorium! Before this movie was made, Patty Duke had carried one of the better sitcoms of the early 60's and had won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for "The Miracle Worker." She looked to be a real up and coming actress. Thus, it's sort of poignant to watch the fictional "Neely O'Hara" destroying her once promising career with "booze and dope" while at the same time watching the very real Patty Duke destroy her once promising career by playing "Neely O'Hara." Destroy her career she did and Ms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect...... Dec 27 2003
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This movie is weirdly perfect. Everything about it - the photography, music, costumes, hairdos, make-up, script, acting, sets, and color - is beyond dreadful. An inutterably horrible movie, but also one which will never fail to entertain and amuse the truly discerning, or at least those of us with a healthy sense of Schadenfreude.
The book, of course, has not been violated: that it was ever anything but subliterate, jaw-droppingly horrible, and as common as kitty litter would never occur to my or any mind. The actors are given so little to work with that they shouldn't be faulted for giving performances of unbelievable badness, but dear little Patty Duke goes above and beyond the call of duty: her Neely O'Hara must rank as the funniest essay in sheer tastelessness in all of cinema.
Even she is exceeded by Susan Hayward, who exhibits not so much a lack of any discernible talent whatsoever - though that too - as an illiteracy of the soul.
If I had the pen and wit of Bernard Shaw I'd try to describe the "songs" and "music" - if one may use those terms for courtesy.
Enough said. If you're in a mood to laugh yourself silly over one of the worst, most tasteless exhibitions ever committed to celluloid - and at that an adaptation of a truly tacky piece of literary offal - do rent this. You may need a barf bag!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valley Of The Dolls 1967
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.
Published 9 months ago by Brian
4.0 out of 5 stars title track
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. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Stingray
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed the mark
Unfortunately this film skims over all the critical parts of character development found in the book. Read more
Published on March 5 2011 by Dax
2.0 out of 5 stars Read the book!
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... Read more
Published on Dec 25 2009 by Summer_Nights
5.0 out of 5 stars More Quoteable Quotes
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! Read more
Published on May 25 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars omg,poor sharon tate
I`ve seen this movie many times over the last 30 years and every time I see it I`m saddened when I see Sharon Tate.That poor girl brutally murdered for absolutely no reason. Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by Ben W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello? Where's the DVD?!?!
This film is too fabulous for words!!! Neely O'Hara owns this film! Her battles with Helen Lawson are the stuff of legends! Lots of booze and dope and those sweet little dolls. Read more
Published on March 11 2004 by Brandon L. Harlow
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm reviewing the reviews...
I haven't received my order yet but I've I've read all 105 reviews that are posted and I've laughed my fanny off! Read more
Published on Dec 28 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars THE BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT EVER!!
One of my favorite books: I just rented this movie (THANK GOD I didn't waste more money and BUY it!!) and I was soooo disappointed. All the hype - and for what? Read more
Published on Dec 25 2003
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