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Valley of the Dolls [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1967]

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    Special Features


    • A World Premiere Voyage and Jacqueline Susann and "Valley of the Dolls, " two promotional films from 1967
    • Audio Commentary from 2006 featuring actor Barbara Parkins and journalist Ted Casablanca
    • Episode of the television program Hollywood Backstories from 2001 on the film
    • Footage from Sparkle Patty Sparkle!, a 2009 gala tribute to actor Patty Duke at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco
    • New 2k digital restoration, with 3.0 LCR DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
    • New Interviews with Writer Amy Fine Collins about author Jacqueline Susann and the costumes in the film
    • New video essay by critic Kim Morgan
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Glenn Kenny
    • Screen tests
    • Trailers

    Synopsis


    Valley of the Dolls
    A cinematic take on a 1960s best-seller, Valley of the Dolls traces the ups and downs of three young women as fame, booze, pills, and men consume their lives. Well-bred, small-town Anne Welles (Peyton Place star Barbara Parkins) arrives in New York eager for fame but settles for a job assisting theatrical attorney Henry Bellamy (Robert H. Harris). The job leads her to cross paths with Helen Lawson (Hollywood veteran Susan Hayward), the grand dame of Broadway musicals, and Neely O'Hara (sitcom star Patty Duke), an up-and-coming performer whom Lawson unceremoniously boots from her latest show. Neely lands on her feet thanks to a series of nightclub gigs, and soon she and Anne befriend Jennifer North (Sharon Tate), a buxom starlet. As Neely becomes a huge star of stage and screen and Jennifer appears topless in a string of European "art" films, Anne becomes a wealthy cosmetics spokeswoman and suffers though a passionate but failed affair with aspiring writer Lyon Burke (Paul Burke). As the pressures of fame and failed romance take their toll on all three women, they take refuge in food, sex, liquor, and pills -- especially Neely, who becomes downright monstrous (the titular "dolls" are the uppers and downers to which she becomes hopelessly addicted). Although the film's characters are fictitious composites, Neely most closely resembles Judy Garland; Garland herself was originally cast as Lawson, but she was replaced after only a few days by Hayward. Although the film's trailer played up the story's titillating subject matter, the script for Valley of the Dolls actually toned down Jacqueline Susann's novel. And despite the fact that Dionne Warwick can be heard singing "(Theme From) The Valley of the Dolls" twice during the film, contractual snags kept her from releasing the soundtrack version; a different arrangement later became a number two pop hit in 1968. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Barbara Parkins
      Barbara Parkins - Anne Welles
    • Patty Duke
      Patty Duke - Neely O'Hara
    • Paul Burke
      Paul Burke - Lyon Burke
    • Sharon Tate
      Sharon Tate - Jennifer North
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      Tony Scotti - Tony Polar



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    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      SHARON TATE'S MOST FAMOUS FILM!!!

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      gusvelasco94
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      Anne Welles, a bright, brash young New England college grad leaves her Peyton Place-ish small town and heads for Broadway, where she hopes to find an exciting job and sophisticated men. During her misadventures in Manhattan and, later, Hollywood, she shares experiences with two other young hopefuls: Jennifer North(Sharon Tate), a statuesque, Monroe-ish actress who wants to be accepted as a human being, but is regarded as a only beauty on the outside and good for nothing more than looks by all the men she meets, and Neely O'Hara, a talented young actress who's accused of using devious means by a great older star (Helen Lawson) to reach the top, pulling an "All About Eve"-type deception in order to steal a good role away from her.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Nostalgic movie

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      SamC1234
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      I bought this movie for my wife. She enjoyed the movie very much. This was one of Sharon Tate's last movies before her untimely death. Some of the extras about the movie were good, but some were very poor in quality.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      GREAT MEMORIES

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      Vetlover
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      I remember when this came out in the movie theater and couldn't wait to see it. This came out during a time when life was so different than it is today. Brings me back to when I was young.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great movie

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      Gargus
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      I like this movie and or game. I enjoyed it but it wasnt that great.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Campy Classic

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      pszim
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      Great movie, wish it was on blu ray....but still glad I found it.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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