Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)




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Russ Meyer and Roger Ebert collaborated on the screenplay for Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls. This psychedelic satire of Hollywood has become a cult classic. Kelly (Dolly Read), Casey (Cynthia Meyers) and Pet (Marcia McBroom) are the trio of aspiring rockers who come to Hollywood with dreams of gold records. Their manager Harris Allsworth (David Gurian) gets the girls an audience with eccentric record producer Ronnie Barzell (John LaZar). Edy Williams is the vamp who makes love to Harris … More

Rating: NC-17
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Roger Ebert, Russ Meyer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 13, 2006


as Kelly

as Petronella

as Ronnie

as Ronnie "Z-Man" Barze...

as Ashley

as Roxanne

as Susan Lake

as Emerson Thorne

as Porter Hall

as Randy Black

as Baxter Wolfe

as Randy Black

as Disciple

as Vanessa

as Girl in Tub

as Blonde Date

as Cat Woman

as Redhead

as Art Director

as Photographer

as Photographer

as Boy in Tub

as Assistant

as Kathy Page

as Makeup Man

as Escort

as First Fashion Model

as Gay Boy

as Mother

as Middle-Aged Woman

as Man in Flowered Pant...

as First Woman

as Second Woman

as Hippie Boy

as White-Haired Gentlem...

as Rotund Drunk

as Earnest Man

as Fourth Woman

as Science Teacher

as Man with Glasses

as Dr. Downs

as Young Actor

as Second Gay Man

as Hippie Girl

as Second Fashion Model

as Marion Harrisburg

as Second Gay Boy

as Taxi Driver

as Third Gay Man

as Redhead
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Critic Reviews for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5)

This trashy, gaudy, sound-stage vulgarity about low life among the high life is as funny as a burning orphanage.

Full Review… | December 17, 2007
Top Critic

With his first movie for a major studio, Meyer simply did what he'd been doing for years, only bigger and better.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Any movie that Jacqueline Susann thinks would damage her reputation as a writer cannot be all bad. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls isn't -- which is not to say it is any good.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A psychedelic wow that serves up the free love, plunging necklines, androgynous boys, and lusty lezzies of the era with a narcotized abandon.

Full Review… | November 19, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

Although it would not be appropriate for me to review it or give it a star rating, I offer the following observations written for Film Comment magazine on the occasion of the movie's 10th anniversary in 1980.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A funky, wonky, and entertaining jolt into the decade that bred free loving, hipster rockers, and hippies...

Full Review… | June 15, 2008
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Hilariously bizarre and well-paced in its escalation of insanity, this Roger Ebert-scripted film is, nonetheless, a sleazy and roughly-edited work of nonsense. It has a lot to say, and even more to show, but it ultimately doesn't feel like it's about anything in general.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

This movie is a semi spoof of Valley of the Dolls, and it's very funny. The girls find themselves in crazy situations, there's a lot of crazy orgy parties, and the characters are crazy too. A classic cult film, check it out, I love it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Absolutley insane and bizarre. I loved it!

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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