Valley of the Dolls-Special Edition

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Product Overview

A prim New Englander (Barbara Parkins) unexpectedly skyrockets from her job as secretary in a talent agency to a glamorous TV model. A determined singer (Patty Duke) finds that Hollywood success can also spell self-destruction. And a beautiful sex symbol (Sharon Tate) is torn between the money commands and the shame of feeling exploited. Based on Jacqueline Susann's phenomenal best-seller about the underside of Hollywood, this fascinating melodrama was once seen as a shocking behind-the-scenes look at how show business creates instant stars, destroys romances and changes personalities forever.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202439445
UPC 024543246367
UPC 14 00024543246367
Format DVD
Release Date 5/4/2010
Rating Rating
Keywords
Campy
Cult Film
Melodrama
Recommended
Road To Ruin
Showbiz
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary 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?
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "...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 p.64
Premiere 4 stars out of 4 -- "[P]ure camp....Dressed in Technicolor..." 09/01/2006 p.103
Directors
Walter Grauman
Actors
Patty Duke
Sharon Tate
Barbara Parkins
Cast & Crew
Barbara Parkins - Actor
David Weisbart - Producer
Dorothy Spencer - Editor
Helen Deutsch - Writer
John Williams - Original Music By
Mark Robson - Director
Patty Duke - Actor
Paul Burke - Actor
Sharon Tate - Actor
William H. Daniels - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Catalog ID 2234636
UPC 00024543246367
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 123 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Grammy (1969) Andre Previn , Nominee, Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture
Oscar (1968) John Williams , Nominee, Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment
Golden Globe (1968) Sharon Tate , Nominee, Most Promising Newcomer - Female
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review What we have here is a dirty soap opera. It is dirty because it intends to be, but it is a soap opera only by default. It tries to raise itself to the level of sophisticated pornography, but fails.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Parkins,Barbara
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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