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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.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Patty Duke's performance is outstanding. Also Sharon Tate. If you want to catch a glimpse of the 1960s, this is the movie to watch. (I've watched it about 3 times!)Published 21 days ago by Maxoomi
A very explicit and avant-guard picture of the 60's, I loved it and could related to it. I have to watch it once a year, it's a cult film for me.Published 4 months ago by Deodora
Great to see it again. Read the book when it was first out. Loved Parkins, and Duke and Sharon Tate.Published 11 months ago by barbara Forhan
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 20 months ago by Brian
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 morePublished on Oct. 31 2012 by Stingray
Unfortunately this film skims over all the critical parts of character development found in the book. Read morePublished on March 5 2011 by Dax
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 morePublished on Dec 25 2009 by Summer_Nights