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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

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Roundly panned upon its first release, Russ Meyer's X-rated Beyond the Valley of the Dolls has gained a huge cult following over the years for its unique mix of pop music, high camp, and exploitation. Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers and Marcia McBroom comprise a rock group called the Carrie Nations, who'll do anything to hit it big in show business. Their "anything goes" attitudes towards pot, group sex and lesbianism lead to several sticky plot complications, culminating in a murder spree (in one shot, a man is decapitated as the 20th Century-Fox fanfare is heard on the soundtrack). Bearing absolutely no relation to the Jacqueline Susann novel/film Valley of the Dolls, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls was coscripted by film critic Roger Ebert.

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Cast

Marcia McBroom
as Petronella
John LaZar
as Ronnie
Erica Gavin
as Roxanne
Phyllis Davis
as Susan Lake
Harrison Page
as Emerson Thorne
Duncan McLeod
as Porter Hall
James Inglehart
as Randy Black
Charles Napier
as Baxter Wolfe
Jim Iglehart
as Randy Black
Stan Ross
as Disciple
Lavelle Roby
as Vanessa
Ray Angel
as Girl in Tub
Veronica Erickson
as Blonde Date
Haji
as Cat Woman
Karen Smith
as Redhead
Bruce McBroom
as Photographer
Sebastian Brook
as Art Director
Bruce V. McBroom
as Photographer
Ian Sander
as Boy in Tub
Ko-Ko Tani
as Assistant
Tea Crawford
as Kathy Page
Heath Jobes
as Makeup Man
John Logan
as Escort
Susan Reed
as First Fashion Model
Robin Bach
as Gay Boy
Ceil Cabot
as Mother
Mary Carroll
as Middle-Aged Woman
Joseph Cellini
as Man in Flowered Pants
Jackie Cole
as First Woman
Cisse Cameron
as Second Woman
Frank Corsentino
as Hippie Boy
Mibb Curry
as White-Haired Gentleman
Coleman Francis
as Rotund Drunk
Charles Fox
as Earnest Man
Pam Grier
as Fourth Woman
T.J. Halligan
as Science Teacher
Rick Holmes
as Man with Glasses
Marshall Kent
as Dr. Downs
Michael Kriss
as Young Actor
Tim Laurie
as Second Gay Man
Bebe Louie
as Hippie Girl
Ashley Phillips
as Second Fashion Model
Joyce Rees
as Marion Harrisburg
Chris Riordan
as Second Gay Boy
Bert Santos
as Taxi Driver
George Stratton
as Third Gay Man
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Critic Reviews for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (4)

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…
Variety
Top Critic

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…
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.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
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…
Village Voice
Top Critic

Besides being an addictively entertaining guilty pleasure from beginning to end, it's that rare movie that transcends its opportunistic origins to become a true singularity; a movie like no other.

November 7, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Scene-Stealers.com

Russ Meyer's ultra-lurid 1970 magnum opus, infamously penned by a young Roger Ebert, remains a towering achievement. What it achieves, however, is difficult to define.

October 27, 2016 | Full Review…
CraveOnline

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Absolutley insane and bizarre. I loved it!

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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