Valley of the Dolls Reviews
Strong, believeable perfomances and a lot of story going on. It moves fast but steady, never easy to predict and there is no time to be bored here even if my interest is not the greatest. I miss some true character knowledge - but it's never really a film that can focus on that matter.
It's a bit sloppy, in a way. Not in ways of production, but the total idea. A sad mess, in a happy wrapping. All the fakeness shines trough, but they do not want the viewer to see the total pacakge in a way, just like in real showbiz. A nice move I think.
Shannon Tate must be one of the prettiest girls of the 60's. The poor girl seemed troubled at times, but she could really act too. She is great here, beeing that natural stunner she was, even if I'm pretty sure that given image annoyed her a bit her entire life.
Dolls is used as a metaphor for pills here so the title seem very fitting. OK film, that's showing of important matters and probably known facts in a delicatly off-beat way.
6 out of 10 dolls.
Trash about pretty girlys who only wanted stardom instead got mixed up in Hollywood sleaze -- with no way out. Parkins, Duke, and Tate are at their sexiest, and the movie's essentially all drugs, sex, and gaud, but there's nothing approaching real entertainment. Atrociously acted. Spoofed in 1970 as BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS.
Really a vehicle for heaps of sexual innuendo's & unesscery amounts of prescription drugs.
Filled with unusual dialogue & many politically incorrect statements. Great fashions & style but I found it hard to really get into.
Jacqueline Susann's 'exposé' of Hollywood gets the cliché-ridden treatment it deserves from Robson.
Ann Wells doesn't feel like she knows who she is from her upbringing in a small New England town and heads onto Broadway to work for a law firm that works with movie stars, directors and producers. She becomes close with two girls in the business, one is a limited talented actress that struggles with relationships, shallowness, and drugs (Marilyn Monroe). Her other friend (Judy Garland) was rejected by a fading star actress and uses that rejection to form a burning inner anger to be the best. She spits off at the old actress throughout her career and the venom turns her into exactly what she hates.
"I feel a little top heavy."
"You are a little top heavy."
Mark Robson, director of Earthquake, The Prize, Peyton Place, Trial, Isle of the Dead, Bedlam, The Ghost Ship (1943), and A Prize of Gold, delivers Valley of the Dolls. When this was released the reviews murdered it. Many famous actors tried out and turned these parts down. I actually love this movie. It may be nothing like the book, but still depicts a fascinating glimpse of the past. The cast delivers convincing performances and includes Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Sharon Tate, Martin Milner, Lee Grant, and Naomi Stevens.
"Lots of secretaries are married, aren't they?"
"Not in this office."
I came across this on Netflix and had to add it to my queue. It is regarded in Hollywood as one of the all time bad films, but I actually enjoy this movie. It may not hold up to the amazing novel, but I enjoyed the plot and character interactions. I definitely think this is a must see classic.
"All I've ever had is my body and now I don't even have that."