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3.8 out of 5 stars
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3.8 out of 5 stars
Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls [VHS]
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on 16 June 2017
Great. On time etc. Thanks
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on 26 September 2017
Fantastic movie
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 20 August 2017
The tone of this film is odd enough to merit close attention; all those that like buxom girls will find plenty to enjoy, but there's more - outre dialogue, rampant porn stars, a boyfriend who gets sidelined, loses his way and leaps from a great height onto a TV set (very well shot, like Peeping Tom) on which his former girlfriend is performing live, but survives and miraculously recovers. It has a strange, rapid editing style sometimes turning into montage that is quite original, and has a real edge. The sexual politics are not retro in the way you might expect: for 1970, it is remarkably open to lesbian and gay desire, a black couple are perhaps the most human and touching of the various pairings on display, there is a transgender main character - a bit bizarre, it has to be said, but that stems more from his svengali lifestyle than his gender! Also a prize fighter who looks very good in his high-waisted slacks and no shirt, driving one cool American convertible - even though his behaviour leaves something to be desired. The film goes way over the top and maintains a gleefully sleazy atmosphere, with a preposterous party game getting very out of hand (someone gets decapitated, but it's too ridiculous to worry about). It's good the way people have these sassy dialogues and get horizontal so easily - reality has nothing to do with it, but in dreams life is a bit more like this! The singing is pretty good too ... and there is lots of it, and wild party scenes, with some uninhibited dancing from some of the extras.
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on 9 November 2014
RM's masterpiece - works on about 8 different levels. As comedy, satire, melodrama, musical, exploitation pic, nudie flick, moralistic expose and cultural commentary. It succeeds on every level.
Russ was ahead of his time with storylines involving lesbians and his treatment of the black characters.
The unlikely plot twists and turns and ultimately piles up into a melodramatic car crash. The ending is bizarre... and yet, so right.
There's many memorable scenes - the fast-edit cuts into 'Come With the Gentle People' at the beginning, the party scene and of course the finale.
The music is first rate too. All in all - it's just great fun... and I'm not ashamed to say it's my favourite film of all time. "You're a groovy boy I'd like to strap you on some time".
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on 5 October 2015
Utterly , utterly beyond parody - the greatest talents of Steve Coogan , Armand Innucci or Andrew Davies could never send this film up.
It is a 1960s teenage fantasy of what Hollywood should be - wild , drug induced parties with women with very large breasts and just a dash of Charles Manson thrown in. In reality , of course , Hollywood is less exciting than Basingstoke on a Sunday afternoon.

The script contains every hippy cliché known to man with a few more thrown in for bad measure. The acting is more wooden than the Amazon Forest. All the actors are probably now dead or still extremely embarrassed , apart from the royalties . Don't get me wrong , this film is a masterpiece of bad taste and awfulness. It is in the ' Plan 9 from Outer Space league ' but is more enjoyable. I love it to bits.
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on 29 December 2013
Don't believe the other reviews. Those people do not know what kind of film they bought! If you don't know anything about exploitation cult cinema, do not write reviews for such films. This is one of Meyer's best films. Dvd edition.
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VINE VOICEon 17 October 2002
This was the only Russ Meyer movie that had a budget of any sort but for all the money and studio interference it's still a typical Meyer work. The movie even when trying to be normal still has that odd alternative way of looking at things that's soo Meyer, an example being the emotional scene were the main male character dramatically leaps from the scaffolding above a stage were his girlfriends band is playing, the falling body is accompanied by the sound of a plane diving.
The film is so dated and that's part of it's charm, It's definitely a work of it's time and makes it all the odder for it, highly recommended for fans of the sixties, the odd and the bizarre.
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on 26 January 2007
Russ Meyer attempts mainstream but his hearts not really in it and thank God for it. Like all glitzy oddities, this film has become a kitsch classic which is a shame because its much better than that. Like all Russ Meyer, it doesnt really fit in anywhere and probably doesnt stand up to much scrutiny, so why bother? Just enjoy the fact that he was commissioned to produce a film by a major studio and came up with this. Wonderful songs, beautiful women ( many of whom never appeared in anything else), glorious overacting, bizarre twists and iconic dialogue. 'Its my happening and I'm freaking out!' indeed. Very enjoyable.
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on 10 June 2003
If you love cheesy, sleazy cult films with great music, fantastic fashions and acting that is so bad that its good - then this is for you. This is one of my all-time favourite films and a fantastic example of all of the above.
However, my reasons for writing this review is that if this is the same version i bought, which it looks like it is, its not in widescreen, and thefore is slighly disappointing. If like me you have only seen this film in widescreen, as it is sometimes shown on late night on TV, you will be frustrated by the clipping of this video. Russ Meyer is a director who uses the full scope of widescreen with action and reaction often happening to either side of the centre. Ive now gone back to watching my bootleg TV copy instead!
Mind you, if this is your only means of getting your hands on a copy of the film it is worth it, but i suggest a campaign to bring the widescreen version out is much needed.
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on 14 August 2000
If you have never seen a Russ Meyer movie then 'Beyond the valley of the dolls' will probably be one of the most baffling pieces of modern cinema ever witnessed. Everything about this film is flawed, from the screenplay to the direction, and yet it has resulted in one of the most entertaining slices of cult cinema anywhere.
The story revolves around a girl band who travel to the West coast of America to seek fame and to meet up with a rich aunt. There follows over an hour of parties, drug and alcohol abuse, orgies, and legendary narcissism. They find a new manager, Ronnie 'Zeeman' Barzell, who takes them to the top then gradually leads them astray.
Something has to give, and the result is a cataclysmic night of insanity and murder. One of the characters even appears to turn into a woman before our eyes, believing himself to be Superwoman! He then seizes a sword and, with a cry of "the vile blade goes snicker-snack" lobs off a friends' head.
The reason this film works is because everything is taken to the extreme. The dialogue would be a nonsense if it wasn't so elaborately contrived. The camera never seems to establish a shot, and instead creates random montage.
This is all done deliberately to convey a cock-eyed view of the world, and it does this perfectly. The fantastic colour, the wild parties, all this goes to show up the alternate reality where these drug fuelled individuals reside. Undoubtedly some people will dismiss this as a mess, but others will consider it an important work purely for its originality. There really is nothing else like it.
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