Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

1970

Action / Comedy / Drama / Music

4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 68%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 74%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 8608

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Pam Grier as Fourth Woman
Charles Napier as Baxter Wolfe
Lavelle Roby as Vanessa
Phyllis Davis as Susan Lake
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by SergeantSaunders62 5 / 10

Good for a laugh and a look at some pretty girls

This movie was so thin with plot but it was entertaining nonetheless. Save for a few cool musical parts, cars and the girls, this film had some awful acting at times and was kind of an incoherent mess. It was cool to see Strawberry Alarm Clock performing, not just their big hit, but three songs in a party scene. Seeing the actual musicians and their gear is cool if you're into vintage instruments and classic rock. The Rolls Royce is cool, and they make sure you agree with that sentiment. The girls are adorable, if a bit subdued. My two favorites, (Erica Gavin and Cynthia Myers) were great together. I'm glad they shared many scenes together. Apart from these cool hilights, the film is flawed in many ways. So much so, that even the closing narrative that tries to put the pieces together (because they felt they had to do that,) still doesn't make sense. Worth watching if you just wanna hear some music, see the culture of the late 60's and early 70's and wanna see a few beautiful girls with no clothing. Any expectations beyond that are probably in vain.

Reviewed by Eric Stevenson 6 / 10

Ebert's magnum opus?

This film is very notable in that it was written in part by Roger Ebert. Yes, THAT Roger Ebert. It should be noted that this film was something he worked on rather early in his career and I think looking back, he doesn't think too highly of it. It does make me wish Ebert had worked on more movies himself, because it would simply be great to watch a movie made by the most famous movie critic. Anyway, this movie itself is just okay. I admit that the plot just seems to wander around for awhile.

There's lots of seemingly random scenes of people dancing and singing. This movie is still very '70s and it's starting to make me realize cult films become reflective of the times. There are even some interesting points raised about sexuality. I do kind of find myself rooting for the characters. It's just that it's too wacky to follow that well and not good enough to recommend, but Ebert tried. Now let's see a movie Leonard Maltin worked on! **1/2

Reviewed by ben hibburd 8 / 10

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls review.

"Buyer beware" that's the cautionary tale underscored in Russ Meyer's campy, melodramatic foray into the seedy underbelly of Hollywood, where sex, drugs and every vice imaginable runs rampant after dark. The film is co-written alongside Meyer by Roger Ebert. Together there cynicism and self-awareness help elevate a scattershot screenplay that's filled with clich├ęs, and under-cooked plot threads.

The film follows three young women performing in a rock band 'The Kelly Affair' featuring Kelly (Dolly Read), Casey (Cynthia Myers), and Petronella (Marcia McBroom). They are managed by Kelly's boyfriend Harris (David Gurian). Together they head to Los Angeles to collect Kelly's inheritance. Upon arrival she meets with her estranged aunt, who invites them to a party, which gives the group a taste of the high-life. Whilst simultaneously, outside influences begin digging their claws in, which starts splitting the four friends apart piece by piece, as is the nature of the beast.

For the most part this film doesn't live up to the craziness the films reputation has. For it's time I could imagine the ruckus it caused, but by today's standard it's fairly tame. So where this films main focus is now, is in its characters, all of whom are hyperbolic and aren't given a great deal to work with. However there's a strange likability to the characters that makes you care for them.

There isn't a great deal of plot in this film, other then a power struggle over the band between Harris and the bands new manager, which isn't fully explored. The film acts more as voyeuristic look at the hippie scene of the late 60's early 70's, as the parties become more and more crazy and dangerous. All of which leads up to a final act that is so over the top, and so far out of left field. I've never seen a film shift gears into sheer mania so quickly.

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is a dated film. It's script and parables are at times fairly clunky and in your face. However there is a-lot of fun to be had from this film, and it's a film that still has a-lot of gas left in its tank.

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