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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Director: Russ Meyer Cast: Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom

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After nearly a decade as one of America's most successful independent filmmakers, legendary sexploitation auteur Russ Meyer first reached out for the brass ring of major studio success with this frantic cult favorite, once described by Meyer and screenwriter Roger Ebert as "the first exploitation-horror-camp-musical." Kelly McNamara (Dolly Read), Casey Anderson (Cynthia Myers), and Petronella Danforth (Marcia McBroom) are the three members of an all-girl rock band called "the Kelly Affair" who pull up stakes for Hollywood in search of stardom; they're accompanied by their manager, Harris Allsworth (David Gurian), who also happens to be Kelly's boyfriend. Kelly has an aunt in Hollywood, fashion mogul Susan Lake (Phyllis Davis), who takes Kelly under her wing and informs her she's entitled to a share of a recent family inheritance, much to the chagrin of Susan's lawyer, the shifty Porter Hall (Duncan McLeod). Susan arranges for Kelly and her bandmates to attend a wild party thrown by Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell (John La Zar), a flamboyant and very successful record producer; Z-Man renames the band "the Carrie Nations," signs them to a record deal, and they're one of the biggest acts in America practically overnight. However, Harris is pushed out of the picture as the band's manager by Z-Man, and as Kelly's boyfriend by actor and gigolo Lance Rocke (Michael Blodgett), sending Harris into a deep depression even after he becomes the new boy-toy of adult film star Ashley St. Ives (Edy Williams). Meanwhile, Petronella finds love with law student Emerson Thorne (Harrison Page) until her head is turned by heavyweight boxing champion Randy Black (Jim Iglehart), and Casey explores her sexual boundaries with Roxanne (Erica Gavin), a beautiful lesbian designer. This nonstop train of decadence, drugs, and betrayal finally comes off the rails during a drug-fueled orgy at Z-Man's mansion, which erupts into violence when the rock mogul's darkest secret is revealed. Featuring one-hit wonders the Strawberry Alarm Clock, supporting performances by Meyer regulars Charles Napier and Haji, and a bit part from future blaxploitation icon Pam Grier, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls proved to be Meyer's biggest box-office success, though after his next film (The Seven Minutes) bombed at the box office, he returned to independent production in 1973.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2016
UPC: 0715515186612
Original Release: 1970
Rating: NC-17
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:49:00
Sales rank: 1,474

Special Features

Audio commentary from 2003 featuring screenwriter Roger Ebert Audio commentary from 2006 featuring actors Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Harrison Page, John LaZar, and Erica Gavin New Interview with filmmaker John Waters Episode from 1988 of The Incredibly Strange Film Show on director Russ Meyer Q&A about the film from 1992 featuring Meyer, Ebert, LaZar, and Read; and actor David Gurian, Charles Napier, Michael Blodgett, and Edy Williams, with host Michael Dare Interview with cast members from 2005 Above, Beneath, & Beyond the Valley; Look On Up at the Bottom; The Best of "Beyond"; Sex Drugs Music & Murder; and Casey & Roxanne, five documentaries from 2006 about the making of the film, featuring the cast and crew Screen tests Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dolly Read Kelly MacNamara
Cynthia Myers Casey Anderson
Marcia McBroom Petronella Danforth
John La Zar Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell
Michael Blodgett Lance Rocke
David Gurian Harris Allsworth
Edy Williams Ashley St. Ives
Erica Gavin Roxanne
Phyllis Davis Susan Lake
Harrison Page Emerson Thorne
Duncan McLeod Porter Hall
Charles Napier Baxter Wolfe
Henry Rowland Otto
Jim Iglehart Randy Black
Strawberry Alarm Clock Actor
Stan Ross Disciple
Lavelle Roby Vanessa
Haji Cat Woman
Karen Smith Red Head
Sebastian Brook Art Director
Bruce McBroom Photographer
Ian Sander Boy-in-Tub
Heath Jobes Makeup Man
John Logan Escort
Robin Bach Gay Boy
Mary Carroll Middle Aged Woman
Joseph Cellini Man - Flowered Pants
Frank Corsentino Hippie Boy
Coleman Francis Rotund Drunk
Marshall Kent Dr. Downs
Bebe Louie Hippie Girl
Ashley Phillips Fashion Model
Pam Grier Fourth Woman
Bert Santos Taxi Driver

Technical Credits
Russ Meyer Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Dann Cahn Editor
Roger Ebert Screenwriter
David Hall Asst. Director
Fred Koenekamp Cinematographer
Arthur Lonergan Art Director
Richard Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Stu Phillips Score Composer
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Jack Martin Smith Art Director,Production Designer
Dick Wormell Editor

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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe the brilliant Roger Ebert is behind anything like this. I don't know how you could define this job. It's not supposed to be a comedy but most of it. It's not supposed to be pornography, although nearly 90% of it is. It is supposed to be about enlivening the mind and broadening our social, gender, racial, sexual, dramatic, romantic, and spiritual definitions only to be hampered by 60's stereotypes of drugs, debauchery, the "counterculture", race relations as cured(never came to be, unfortunately), utopia, and free love and no war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is just about perfect. It has just about every sordid thing you can think of, and then some. The story careens wildly through just about every film genre: rock-n-roll road picture, soap opera, blaxploitation, sexploitation, black comedy, satire, name it, it's in here somewhere. And some of the most insane, inane dialogue in the history of movies. Pure GENIUS...can't wait for the DVD!
Nuclearpatrick More than 1 year ago
Like the film, the soundtrack to "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls", is beyond categories like "good" or "bad". It exists on its own as a weird permutation that pretty much defies comparison to anything else. The closest description I could arrive at is "late 60's progessive pop, equal parts pure cheese and primitive psychedelia". The Strawberry Alarm Clock are a fine example of the genuine music of the time, while the Carrie Nations' ersatz protest songs are both appalling and sublime simultaneously. You really have to hear this one to get a grip on it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 1970's began with this hilarious satire of the 1960's. Eye-popping, cartoon-bright colors and rapid fire editing belie the fact that this sexy romp is almost 40 years old! Originally rated &quot X&quot by the MPAA, time has taken a toll on values and today this fine piece of celluloid would be easily rated PG-13. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, BVD is a fast paced delight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film gave meaning to my life. It disreguards all reason and brings a raunchy true vision of Hollywod and the young who suffer just consequences for their unruley behavior.A true moral story that accurately portays a female rock band on the road to stardom. A Must See for anyone who lives for high-octane musial sex romps. A sublime ending that will knock your socks off.