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Valley of the Dolls|Barbara Parkins
Valley of the Dolls
Barbara Parkins and Patty Duke
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Overview

An inarguable high watermark of modish Hollywood camp, rent from the deliciously pulpy eponymous novel by Jacqueline Susann. Three ambitious young women from different walks of life suffer through the show business meat grinder: an aspiring Broadway diva battles with addiction, a reluctant bombshell makes "art" movies to eke out a living for her ailing husband, and a sensible small-town girl turns modeling sensation. Sudsy, irresistible, and loaded with scenery-chewing, particularly in the memorable scene where a hysterical Duke cries to her pills, "My dolls! My beautiful dolls!" Academy Award Nominations: Best (Adapted) Score.

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Main Cast & Crew:
Mark Robson - Director
Barbara Parkins
Patty Duke
Paul Burke
Sharon Tate
Tony Scotti
Barry O'Hara
Billy Beck
Corinna Tsopei
Darlene Conley
Dorothy Neumann

Details

    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (Special Edition, Sensormatic)
  • Run Time: 123
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543246367
  • Genre: DRAMA
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: June 2006

Movie Reviews

Synopsis:
Film adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's melodramatic, bestselling potboiler. The story tracks the lives of three women -- naive New Englander Anne Welles, aspiring singer Neely O'Hara, and buxom beauty Jennifer North -- as they attempt to achieve fame and fortune in Hollywood. But as each starlet either rises to the top or falls to the bottom, she discovers that Hollywood is full of pitfalls and heartbreak. Instead of the happiness they seek, the trio finds only alcoholism, wild sexcapades, tantrums, porno roles, suicide, marital woes, wigs in the toilet, and a dependence on "dolls" -- slang for pills. Which of these ingenues will survive her "trip" through Hollywood?

Notes:
Richard Dreyfuss made his film debut with a bit part in "Valley of the Dolls." Judy Garland was originally cast in the role of Helen Lawson, but was replaced by Susan Hayward. Remade as a TV miniseries in 1981, starring Lisa Hartman-Black. A Red Lion production.

Reviews:
"...It's hard to think of a better definition of camp than 20th Century Fox's candy-colored adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's smash trash novel..." - 06/13/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.64


4 stars out of 4 -- "[P]ure camp....Dressed in Technicolor..." - 09/01/2006 Premiere, p.103

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