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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

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After nearly a decade as one of America's most successful independent filmmakers, legendary sexploitation auteur Russ Meyer first reached out for the brass ring of major studio success with this frantic cult favorite, once described by Meyer and screenwriter Roger Ebert as "the first exploitation-horror-camp-musical." Kelly McNamara (Dolly Read), Casey Anderson (Cynthia Myers), and Petronella Danforth (Marcia McBroom) are the three members of an all-girl rock band called "the Kelly Affair" who

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Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy

Roger Ebert, Russ Meyer

Jun 13, 2006

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

December 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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With his first movie for a major studio, Meyer simply did what he'd been doing for years, only bigger and better.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A psychedelic wow that serves up the free love, plunging necklines, androgynous boys, and lusty lezzies of the era with a narcotized abandon.

November 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (4)
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A funky, wonky, and entertaining jolt into the decade that bred free loving, hipster rockers, and hippies...

June 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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The very definition of self-conscious camp, certainly not Art but much too intelligent for Trash.

February 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

An outrageously entertaining cult classic, and probably one of the most bizarre movies ever produced by a major Hollywood studio.

December 17, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Russ Meyer does mainstream, kind of.

February 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

One of the strangest and wildest cult flicks to be ever financed by a major studio (Fox), this sequel has not aged well but it serves as a time capsule to its era.

December 28, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is one of the most incomprehensible films I have ever seen.

July 19, 2006 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Schlock most famous due to Roger Ebert's screenplay.

June 30, 2006
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As his overactive jump cuts prove, Meyer directs films as though he's perpetually on the cusp of a fantastic orgasm.

June 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

in its own way, a classic

April 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Chock-full of campy raunch.

October 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It's a B-movie at its best; exploitation with brains.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

I can't call it a bad film, since all its eccentricities (including the groovy dialogue) were obviously lovingly placed there.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

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.
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