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Valley of the Dolls [Special Edition] [DVD] [1967]

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    Special Features


    • Audio commentary by actress Barbara Parkins and E!'s Ted Casablanca
    • Gotta Get Off This Merry-Go-Round: sex, Dolls and Showtunes documentary
    • The Divine Ms. Susann Featurette
    • Hollywood Backstories; Valley of the Dolls featurette
    • Valley of the Dolls - A World premiere voyage documentary featuring rare footage
    • Jacqueline Susann and Valley of the Dolls documentary featuring rare footage
    • Still galleries
    • Trivia Overdose: A Pill-popping guide to Valley of the Dolls You've Got Talent Karaoke - Follow the Bouncing Doll on Three Songs!
    • Screen tests of the stars and more!
    • Closed Captioned

    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: 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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