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Valley Of The Dolls [DVD]

Barbara Parkins , Patty Duke , Tony Scotti    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Sharon Tate, Susan Hayward, Paul Burke
  • Directors: Tony Scotti
  • Producers: John Williams
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2005
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009RB5BW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,910 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Classic melodrama exposing the less glamorous side of Hollywood life in the 1960s. Three ambitious young women (played by Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke and Sharon Tate) strive for showbiz success, but get caught up in the seedy underside of the celebrity lifestyle: connivances and contrivances, ego and exploitation, alcohol and pills (the 'dolls' of the title). In its time, the film was considered shocking, and it remains a pertinent critique of the pitfalls of fame and fortune.


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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Give me back my hair!" 18 Jun 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Over the years Mark Robson's movie adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's book Valley of the Doll's has absolutely polarized viewers, there are those who either love it or hate it, indeed someone even remarked to me - "it was a bad film then and it's a bad film now." Either way, viewers are going to get lots of laughs out of this high class, quasi-exploitative romp through the world of show business and the so-called cold-blooded machinations of the people who make it all happen.

The film is certainly lurid and shapeless and hackneyed, and a real hodgepodge of subplots that never real gel into an organized whole. But the movie is also audacious and camp, today it's most notable for being unintentionally funny without trying to be - and now finally out on DVD - it serves as a great window into late 60's fashions and hairdos and home furnishings.

The story tells of three women and their respective careers in show business, tracing their assorted egotistical aspirations, love affairs, and of course, their addiction to pills. The lovely small-town girl Anne Wells (Barbara Parkins) travels to the big city and finds work as a secretary. Here she meets the impulsive, hot-blooded young star Neely O'Hara (Patty Duke).

Neely is threatening to upstage current Broadway diva, the super b*tch Helen Lawson (Susan Hayward) and Helen will stop at nothing to secure her prominence at the top. Running parallel to this is the story of the beautiful Jennifer North (Sharon Tate) who ends up marrying saloon singer Tony Polar (Tony Scotti). Of course, fame and money eventually come to all three, but at a terrible price.

Perhaps it is fragile Neely who pays for it the most.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Film 28 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
I bought this for my Mum, she has always loved this film. I am sure she will enjoy watching it over and over.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant classic 25 April 2009
Format:DVD
how could you not like this film?there were many reasons why i wanted to watch this film,firstly because of the late Sharon tate, secondly because it's a cult classic and because it looked like a great movie to watch.
despite what many say i thought the acting was brilliant patty duke shines as the loud but beautiful neily o'hara,Barbara Parkins stars as the innocent Anne wells and of course the tragic star Sharon tate stars as the beautiful and kind hearted Jenifer north, with a great cast and a great story this film is worth watching
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High camp and rather wonderful. 20 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD
Though not considered to be a great film, Andre and Dory Previn's score for VOD's is a colourful combination of stage musical numbers and the kind of muzak that soundtrack collectors go wild for. Very 60s, very camp and rather wonderful.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Mnnn 5 May 2014
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This movie was a bit dated for me and did not cheer me up - the scenery was good and the storyline a bit thin - I watched it but I do not think I will again for some time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old memories 15 Mar 2013
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I ordered this film as it was one which I loved as a young woman after reading the books of Jacquline Suzanne.
The film is dated and is of the time but I still loved it and it was just as I remembered it, great cast and easy to watch.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great actresses, but has nothing on the book! 18 July 2012
By bunny92
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I was so so looking forward to the movie, the book is fabulous. But i'm so disappointed. Sharon Tate as Jennifer is beautiful, and Neely and Anne are good, but unless you've read the book you have no clue what's going on, and if you have read the book then you get very frustrated as none of the characters develop properly, things are mixed about, and the girls relationship is nothing like it should be. All i'll say is no wonder Jacqueline Susann walked out of the premier.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sex, drugs and Rock and Roll
A brilliant exposure of how a girl from the "sticks" can become sucked into the drugs and alcohol world of the sixties movie industry and the pressure on the iconic actors. Read more
Published 3 months ago by W. W. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Valleyof the Dolls
I first saw this film many years ago and I enjoyed it every bit as much as now as I did then.
Published 3 months ago by Betty Souter
3.0 out of 5 stars Valley of The Dolls
Knot watched it yet hope to look at the movie very soon. I hope it is as good as I remember it.
Published 6 months ago by John Tyndall
2.0 out of 5 stars They changed too much from the book and ruined it
They left out so much of the hurt the girls felt in order for them to turn to the dolls in the first place. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Felicity
3.0 out of 5 stars One from the past
I enjoyed this film and remembered it from years gone by. However, as is nearly always the case, the book was much better.
Published on 15 May 2011 by Mrs. B. Horner
1.0 out of 5 stars If you love the book, avoid the film.
I am a big fan of Jacqueline Susann's 'Valley of the Dolls', I thought I'd give the film a try and realized I shouldn't have. Read more
Published on 13 April 2009 by Plain Jane
2.0 out of 5 stars Valley of the Dolls
I saw this film at the cinema when it was first released in the 1960s and enjoyed it back then but our expectations actingwise are now so much higher. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2009 by I. Goodway
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