Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls



1970 American Feature

Cast: Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John LaZar, Michael Blodgett, David Gurian, Edy Williams, Erica Gavin, Phyllis Davis, Harrison Page, Duncan McLeod, Jim Iglehart, Charles Napier and Henry Rowland
Director: Russ Meyer
Writers: Roger Ebert (co-story and screenplay) and Russ Meyer (co-story)

Synopsis:
A hip and happenin' all-girl rock band goes to Hollywood to make it big, but they quickly fall into a cesspool of decadence, drugs and deceit as their fame and success soars.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 68% / Audience: 70%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls was originally intended as a straightforward sequel to the 1967 film adaptation of the bestselling novel Valley of the Dolls, with a screenplay by original author Jacqueline Susann. Instead it was turned into a parody of the commercially successful but critically reviled original film. Consequently, the studio placed a disclaimer at the beginning of the film informing the audience that the two films were not intended to be connected. Posters for the movie read, "This is not a sequel... there has never been anything like it".
  • Screenwriting debut of film critic Roger Ebert, who had become friends with Russ Meyer after he gave positive reviews to some of the director's movies. Ebert and Myer would collaborate on two more films, Up! (1976) and Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (1979).
  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls was made while 20th Century Fox was being sued by Jacqueline Susann for "demeaning the author's original work". The suit did not come to trial until after the 1974 death of Susann, with her estate won a $2 million verdict against the studio.
  • Film debut, in a brief bit part, of actress and future blacksploitation superstar Pam Grier.
  • Upon its initial release, the film was given an X rating by the MPAA; in 1990, it was re-classified as NC-17. Russ Meyer's response to the original X-rating was a desire to add more nudity and sex, but 20th Century Fox wanted to get the movie released quickly and wouldn't give him the time need for reediting. It was released a week before Fox's other X-rated film of that year, Myra Breckinridge.
  • Despite an X rating and a modest budget of $900,000, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls grossed ten times that amount in the United States.
  • This film is listed among "The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made" in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book The Official Razzie Movie Guide.
  • The punk band Carrie Nations takes its name from the film's fictional group The Carrie Nations.

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