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  • Genre: Comedy | Music
  • Release Date: 17 June 1970 (USA)
  • Runtime: 109 min
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  • Rate: 6.0/10 total 6,350 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Music
  • Release Date: 17 June 1970 (USA)
  • Runtime: 109 min
  • Filming Location: California, USA
  • Budget: $900,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $9,000,000 (USA)
  • Director: Russ Meyer
  • Stars: Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Stu Phillips   
  • Soundtrack: Beyond The Days Of Now And Then
  • Sound Mix: Mono (Westrex Recording System)
  • Plot Keyword: Sex | Lesbian | Drugs | Band | Lesbian Sex

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) Writing Credits By:

  • Roger Ebert (screenplay)
  • Roger Ebert (story) and
  • Russ Meyer (story)

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  • Originally intended as a sequel to Valley of the Dolls (1967). Jacqueline Susann submitted a screenplay for a sequel, but when Fox found it unsatisfactory, their contract gave them the right to produce a separate version. Susann was reportedly so offended by the results that she threatened to sue 20th Century-Fox. As part of a settlement, Fox inserted the disclaimer “This is not a sequel to VALLEY OF THE DOLLS” in all advertising. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The violent, gory climax was not in the script. Roger Ebert and Russ Meyer came up with the idea on the day of shooting. It was based on the August 1969 Manson Family murders. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • In the original script, the Susan Lake and Baxter Wolfe characters were called Anne Welles and Lyon Burke. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The character of Ronnie “Z-Man” Barzell was based loosely on legendary record producer Phil Spector. While neither Russ Meyer nor Roger Ebert had ever met Spector, they were told by acquaintances of his that they’d caught his essence very well. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Two women wear costumes in the film inspired by another hit production of 20th-Century-Fox, Batman (1966). Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Budgeted at a modest $900,000 (approximately $4.5 million in 2005 dollars), the film grossed ten times the amount in the US market, qualifying it as a hit for the beleaguered 20th Century-Fox. Though tame by modern standards, “Dolls” was slapped with an “X” rating, and there was much negative publicity generated by the fact a major studio had allowed a “pornographer”, Russ Meyer (labeled “King Leer” by the mainstream press at the time) to make a Hollywood film under its aegis. Grace Kelly, who was a member of the board of directors of Fox, was outraged and lobbied to have the studio’s contract with Meyer terminated. After his next Fox film, The Seven Minutes (1971) flopped at the box office (possibly due to its LACK of nudity and titillation), the studio terminated its relationship with Meyer. He never made another film for a studio. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Director Russ Meyer once said he considers this film to be his “most important”. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Frequently touted as Pam Grier’s film debut. She received an on-screen credit and a photo of her in a party scene was prominently featured in a 1970 Playboy layout on the film. Her role is very brief; she can’t even be seen as an extra. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • During a bedroom scene, Kelly wears the same flimsy red nightgown worn by heroines of at least two earlier Russ Meyer pictures (Vixen! (1968) and Finders Keepers, Lovers Weepers! (1968)). Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • This film is listed among The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry award founder John Wilson’s book “The Official Razzie® Movie Guide”. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |

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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) Plot: Three girls come to Hollywood to make it big, but find only sex, drugs and sleaze. Full summary »  »

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) Story: This film is a sequel in name only to Valley of the Dolls (1967). An all-girl rock band goes to Hollywood to make it big. There they find success, but luckily for us, they sink into a cesspool of decadence. This film has a sleeping woman performing on a gun which is in her mouth. It has women posing as men. It has lesbian sex scenes. It is also written by Roger Ebert, who had become friends with Russ Meyer after writing favorable reviews of several of his films. Written byMark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

Synopsis

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) Synopsis: The film concerns three young women, Kelly McNamara (Dolly Read), Casey Anderson (Cynthia Myers), and Petronella "Pet" Danforth (Marcia McBroom), who are in a rock trio called The Kelly Affair. Harris Allsworth (David Gurian) is their manager and Kelly’s boyfriend. At the beginning of the film, Kelly gets the idea to relocate to the West Coast and look up her estranged Aunt Susan. It seems that Aunt Susan (Phyllis Davis) is holding a large inheritance that would have been shared with Kelly’s mother, had she been alive. Kelly feels as if a share of this money could be hers, so the foursome sets out for Hollywood.

Aunt Susan welcomes Kelly and her friends, and even promises a third of the fortune to Kelly, but Susan’s sleazy financial advisor Porter Hall looks down on the girls, deeming them "hippies". Meanwhile, Susan introduces The Kelly Affair to a flamboyant and well-connected rock producer named Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell (John LaZar), who urges the girls to give an impromptu performance at one of his outrageous parties. The number goes over so well that Z-Man takes the band under his wing, changing their name to The Carrie Nations, much to the chagrin of Harris. Harris is even further demeaned when Kelly gets involved with a gigolo named Lance Rocke (Michael Blodgett), who knows about her inheritance and wants her to claim as much of it as possible so that he can bleed her financially. Harris has a fling with porn star Ashley St. Ives (Edy Williams). Casey, who clearly mistrusts men, is pursued by lesbian clothes designer Roxanne (Erica Gavin). Meanwhile, Petronella has a very sweet, proper romance with law student Emerson Thorne (Harrison Page).

The Carrie Nations take off as rock stars, but their personal lives begin to unravel. Porter Hall wages war on Kelly to get her to drop her claim for her share of the inheritance, and his scheme backfires; spurred on by Lance, Kelly changes her demands to half of the fortune instead of a third. When Porter realizes that Susan intends to honor her wishes, he attempts to buy Kelly out with an offer of $50,000.

Ashley dumps Harris because he doesn’t respond to her charms or her voracious sex drive. She insults him by suggesting that he is really gay, which causes Harris to suffer a mild identity crisis. Harris confronts Lance at Z-Man’s house, and Lance immediately assaults him in front of the whole party. Despondent, Harris takes up with Casey for the evening, and the two of them engage in a moment of lovemaking fueled by pills and alcohol. Petronella is upset by Harris’ humiliation at the party, and she is comforted by heavyweight champion Randy Black (James Inglehart); unfortunately she takes him home and beds him, and their interlude is interrupted when Emerson comes home unexpectedly. Emerson is nearly killed when he confronts Black, who attempts to run him down with his car.

Casey wakes up next to Harris and goes berserk, accusing Harris of raping her. Kelly dumps Lance after the incident at the party, but the damage has been done; Harris attempts suicide by leaping from the rafters of a soundstage while The Carrie Nations are filming a television appearance. The girls find out that Harris will likely be a paraplegic. A mortified Casey reveals that she is carrying his baby, but Roxanne convinces Casey to have an abortion. Casey finally gives in and becomes Roxanne’s lover, seemingly finding happiness at last with her. Kelly devotes herself to caring for Harris, and Emerson forgives Petronella for her infidelity.

The final act of the film takes place at Z-Man’s beach house; Z-Man invites Lance, Casey, and Roxanne to a private party at his house, where he gives them superhero costumes to wear and they take large amounts of drugs. After retiring to their respective rooms, Casey and Roxanne make love while Z-Man attempts to get Lance to make out with him. When Lance rejects him, Z-Man turns violent, hogtying Lance and threatening him with a sword, calling himself "Superwoman". Ultimately, Z-Man unbuttons his shirt and reveals his shocking secret to Lance: Z-Man has real female breasts, and seems to have been a woman all the time. The revelation causes Lance to laugh in disgust, calling Z-Man "an ugly broad". Z-Man immediately decapitates Lance with his sword. Casey and Z-Man’s servant witness the murder; Casey tries to hide as Z-Man chases the servant down to the beach and murders him. Z-Man rushes back up to the house and produces a gun, which he uses to murder Roxanne. Casey places a frantic phone call to Kelly and the others, but Z-Man finds her and kills her with a shot to the head. Kelly, Petronella, Emerson, and Harris arrive too late and are attacked by Z-Man. Petronella is wounded in the shoulder after Z-Man shoots her, but in the ensuing fight that follows, Z-Man is killed in self-defense with "his" own gun. As they all react in horror to what has happened, suddenly Harris regains the sensation in his formerly paralyzed legs.

Afterwards, there is a brief montage discussing the fates of the various characters in the film; how their choices have led to their ruin, those who died either from said choices (Lance and Z-Man) or by the cruel twist of fate (Roxanne and Casey), and the hope of a second chance that the surviving characters have been given at the end of the film. The film concludes with a triple wedding: Aunt Susan weds a former beau of hers, while Kelly marries Harris and Petronella marries Emerson.

 

FullCast & Crew


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  • Red Hershon known as associate producer
  • Eve Meyer known as associate producer
  • Russ Meyer known as producer
  • Charles Napier known as associate producer (uncredited)

Watch Online Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) Free Movie HD FullCast & Crew:

  • Dolly Read known as Kelly Mac Namara
  • Cynthia Myers known as Casey Anderson
  • Marcia McBroom known as Petronella Danforth
  • John Lazar known as Ronnie 'Z-Man' Barzell (as John LaZar)
  • Michael Blodgett known as Lance Rocke
  • David Gurian known as Harris Allsworth
  • Edy Williams known as Ashley St. Ives
  • Erica Gavin known as Roxanne
  • Phyllis Davis known as Susan Lake
  • Harrison Page known as Emerson Thorne
  • Duncan McLeod known as Porter Hall
  • James Iglehart known as Randy Black (as Jim Iglehart)
  • Charles Napier known as Baxter Wolfe
  • Henry Rowland known as Otto
  • Princess Livingston known as Matron
  • Stan Ross known as Disciple
  • Lavelle Roby known as Vanessa
  • Angel Ray known as Girl-in-Tub
  • Veronica Ericson known as Blonde Date (as Veronica Erickson)
  • Haji known as Cat Woman
  • Karen Smith known as Red Head
  • Sebastian Brook known as Art Director
  • Bruce McBroom known as Photographer (as Bruce V. McBroom)
  • Ian Sander known as Boy-in-Tub
  • Koko Tani known as Assistant
  • Samantha Scott known as Cynthia
  • Tea Crawford known as Kathy Page
  • Heath Jobes known as Makeup Man
  • John Logan known as Escort
  • Susan Reed known as Fashion Model
  • Robin Bach known as Gay Boy
  • Ceil Cabot known as Mother
  • Mary Carroll known as Middle Aged Woman
  • Joseph Cellini known as Man – Flowered Pants
  • Jackie Cole known as First Woman
  • Frank Corsentino known as Hippie Boy
  • Mibb Curry known as White Haired Gentleman
  • Coleman Francis known as Rotund Drunk
  • Pam Grier known as Fourth Woman (as Pamela Grier)
  • T.J. Halligan known as Science Teacher
  • Rick Holmes known as Man with Glasses
  • Marshall Kent known as Dr. Downs
  • Michael Kriss known as Young Actor
  • Tim Laurie known as Second Gay Man
  • Bebe Louie known as Hippie Girl
  • Lillian Barb known as Nurse (as Lillian Martin)
  • Ashley Phillips known as Fashion Model
  • 'Big Jack' Provan known as Father
  • Joyce Rees known as Marion Harrisburg
  • Christopher Riordan known as Gay Boy (as Chris Riordian)
  • Bert Santos known as Taxi Driver
  • George Stratton known as Third Gay Man
  • The Strawberry Alarm Clock known as Themselves
  • Harry Holcombe known as Dr. Scholl (uncredited)
  • Russ Meyer known as TV Cameraman (uncredited)
  • Garth Pillsbury known as Man with Newspaper (uncredited)
  • Gordon Wescourt known as Gordon – TV Interviewer (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

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  • William Buell known as makeup artist (as Bill Buell)
  • Edith Lindon known as hair stylist
  • Daniel C. Striepeke known as makeup supervisor (as Dan Striepeke)
  • John Chambers known as special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) Art Department:

  • Sidney H. Greenwood known as property master (as Syd Greenwood)

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Company

Watch Online Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) Free Movie HD Production Companies:

  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) Movie Streaming Online Other Companies:

  • A&M Records  courtesy of ('The Sandpipers' appear)
  • De Graff  fashions by (as De Graff of California)

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) Distributors:

  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (1970) (USA) (theatrical)
  • CBS/Fox (1993) (USA) (video) (laserdisc)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2004) (USA) (DVD)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2006) (USA) (DVD)
  • Columbia TriStar Home Video (????) (USA) (DVD)
  • Magnetic Video (????) (USA) (VHS)
  • Warner Home Video (????) (USA) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (????) (USA) (video) (laserdisc)

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  1. Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls
    06 Dec 2013, 10:18 am

    Ever since I showed interest and sympathy for the more bizarre efforts incult cinema, people have been recommending me to check out the oeuvre bydirector Russ Meyer. This peculiar director and scriptwriter is oftennamedthe maestro of American Cult cinema.Unfortunately, his movies are prettyhard to find (at least where I’m from) and they rarely ever receive adecentrelease on DVD. After finally having purchased Beyond the Valley of theDolls, I can fully second the statement that Russ Meyer truly is one of akind and certainly a director to check out entirely. Perhaps the weirdestthing about this film is that it was co-written by the respected andPulitzer price-winning critic Roger Ebert! This – usually – very harshcritic joins the Meyer-madness here gladly.

    I doubt Meyer’s typical style will appeal to many people but for the moredeveloped cult-fans, his colorful tale of ‘Hollywood Vixens’ is a true joyto observe! You might as well call it the definition of cult! It haseverything: from bizarre and extremely eccentric characters over subtle(andless subtle) humor to explicit violence, sexual images and drug abuse.Wildparties are thrown in this film and offensive orgies are held.you can’timagine it yourself wild enough and Meyer adds it to his movie. Some ofthebiggest taboos are taken care of here shamelessly, like Nazis, dragqueens,lesbians, unfaithful behavior and even abortion!! Keeping in mind thisfilmwas shot in 1970, this is a pretty remarkable achievement to say theleast.BTVOTD also has a terrific soundtrack and pretty likeable actingperformances. The leading girls do a pretty good job in making themselvesbelievable, even though they’re rather inexperienced. Needless to saythey’re stunning beauties in the first place.Especially Cynthia Meyers inthe role of Casey! She’s a true cult-Goddess and a wet dream for manymen.yours truly included. BTVOTD ends with a truly absurd and explosivefinale that easily can be considered as one of the weirdest twists incinemahistory ever! Yet, I’m very careful in recommending this film to a largepublic. chances are that you’ll be very disgusted by this movie or evenloath it terrible. Therefore, I only recommend it if you’re used to seeingquite an amount of weirdness already and you’re not too quickly offended.

  2. johnm_001 from USA
    06 Dec 2013, 10:18 am

    Easily the best (and funniest) film about sex, drugs and rock and roll,evermade! Gorgeous women (Cynthia Myers is almost too incredible to believe),great tunes, time capsule worthy costumes, and break-neck editing, putthisfilm in a class all its own. There has truly never been anything like it.Must be seen (in WIDESCREEN ONLY) to be believed. Wonderfully appropriatescore by Stu Phillips. For what it is, the film’s a masterwork.Recommended!

  3. Casey-52 from DVD Drive-In
    06 Dec 2013, 10:18 am

    After the huge success of director Russ Meyer’s VIXEN!, 20th Century-Foxknew that he was a talent to reckon with and hired him for a two-picturedeal in 1970. His first film (his only good studio film) was written byRoger Ebert and was titled as a sequel to Fox’s VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, anembarrassment to the studio. When this was released, it was almost as biganembarrassment. But it’s an awesome film with something to please everyone.While not as sex-filled as Meyer’s earlier and later works, it still worksas a spoof, a drama, and an adults film.

    Dolly Read, Cynthia Meyers, and Marcia McBroom play Kelly, Casey, and Pet,an all-female rock group called The Kelly Affair that start out small andmake it big in Hollywood as The Carrie Nations. The story is filled withsoap opera contrivances, such as various love affairs, lesbianism, drugaddiction, suicide attempts, and money scandals. While some of theseinstances can be seen as serious drama (these girls can act, believe it ornot), most of them are played to be campy, complete with cheesy soap-operaorgan music in the background.

    BVD is filled with little surprises: FASTER PUSSYCAT’s Haji makes a cameointwo scenes; women-in-prison movie regular Phyllis Davis plays nice AuntSusan, Kelly’s rich relative; Meyer regular Charles Napier plays AuntSusan’s fiancee; VIXEN! star Erica Gavin plays the lesbian dress designerRoxanne; John Lazar (later in SUPERVIXENS) steals the show as Z-Man, thepsychotic gay manager who speaks in Shakespearean prose and goes crazy atthe end, pretending he’s Superwoman!; VIXEN! co-stars Michael Blodgett andHarrison Page play Lance, the money-hungry hunk, and Emerson, the blacklawstudent; sex starlet Edy Williams is luscious as Ashley St. Ives, famedpornographic movie star; and recurring character Martin Bormann makesanother appearance. Pam Grier’s supposed to be here, too, but I couldn’tIDher in the big crowded party scenes. But I think my favorite thing aboutBVDis the musical soundtrack. Fabulous performances by The Carrie Nationsmakeme wish a soundtrack CD was readily available! While there were 2 goodsongsin VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, BVD has around 9! The Strawberry Alarm Clockappearsperforming "Incense and Peppermints" and a non-hit at a Hollywood party,too.

    While BVD is not as unintentionally hilarious as the original VALLEY OFTHEDOLLS, I liked it a lot better. The performances are great by all (howdoesMeyer get such great-looking women who can act to boot?!), the musicfabulous, and the pace of the film is brisk and doesn’t sag. The onesequence that went on forever was the lesbian sequence between Erica Gavinand Cynthia Meyers, which was unerotic and just dumb. I don’t know howthisgot an NC-17 rating (there isn’t very much sex). BVD is highly recommendedto anyone making their first dive into the cinema of Russ Meyer or anyonewho was ever in a rock band that wanted to make it. Pure fun, all 112minutes of it!

  4. (spearsdws@aol.com) from Huntsville, AL
    06 Dec 2013, 10:18 am

    I don’t know why I feel so compelled to write about this movie. I hadseen "BVD" a couple of years back and recently rented it again. In oneweekend, I watched it three times. I love the color, the music, thewhiz-bang editing, the campy dramatics…it would be a true classic if notfor one thing: the distasteful, disastrous ending."Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" is soft-core auteur Russ Meyer’sdrug-drenched, sex-soaked parody of "Valley of the Dolls," the film basedonJacqueline Susann’s best-selling novel of the same name. Whereas "Valleyofthe Dolls" is unintentional camp, "BVD" is intentional camp. It lampoonsthe southern Californian "scene" in the late ’60′s by relating theadventures of the three members of a girl band who find fame and fortune inHollywood. "Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll" is the main theme here; thesecondary theme is "voluptuous, scantily-clad starlets displaying miles ofcleavage." (This is, after all, a Russ Meyer film!) Those discriminatingviewers seeking insightful social commentary, three-dimensional characters,and plot twists that actually make sense had better lookelsewhere.The plot concerns the previously mentioned trio of female rockers andtheir escapades in La-La Land. Pet, Kelly, Casey, and Harris, the band’smanager (and Kelly’s boyfriend) make it to Los Angeles after a two-minutemontage of them groovily singing their way across the country. Kelly isreunited with her long-lost aunt who takes the girls to a wild, swingin’party at the home of Ronnie Barzell, a rock promoter; Barzellenthusiastically signs the band to a contract after they do an impromptuperformance for his guests. All of this miraculously occurs within sixhours of their arrival in L.A. (Screw schlepping around town submittingdemo tapes; this is the way to become a rock star.) Having achievedovernight fame, our busty, lusty heroines then confront the Dark Side OfSuccess, finding themselves quickly entangled in various soap opera-ishsub-plots.

    The Suff I Liked:The acting: good, not great, but great acting would only detract froma movie like this. As the three female leads, Dolly Read (Kelly), CynthiaMyers (Casey), and Marcia McBroom (Pet), are, if nothing else, energeticandcertainly gorgeous to look at. No, they’re not accomplished thespians, butthen Russ Meyer chose his actresses more for their cup sizes than theiremoting skills. The performances I particularly like are those of JohnLaZar as flamboyant Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell, Phyllis Davis as Kelly’s kindlyAunt Susan, and Edy Williams as, hilariously, oversexed porn star AshleySt.Ives.The music: some great, late-’60′s style rock songs. Does anybody outthere know if there is a soundtrack available?Meyer’s visual flair: This is one of the most colorful, most visuallyfrenetic films that I have ever seen. Meyer will perhaps be rememberedmorefor his abilities as cinematographer and editor than as director. Almostevery frame is jammed with vibrant, sharp color and the whole show zoomsalong at such a feverish pace that you’re left breathless.

    The Stuff I Didn’t Like:As I said before, my problem with this movie is the ending. I won’tgive it away, except to say that it is repellent, gratuitously violent, andso dark and brutal as to be completely out of sync with the gaudy, campyscenes that precede it.

    My suggestion – skip the last 15 minutes or so, and just enjoy thelong, riotous bacchanal that comes before.

  5. bminor9 from United States
    06 Dec 2013, 10:18 am

    I freakin love this film! It has everything you could want, hotamazons, camp, melodrama, dancing, cool music, orgies, and some classiclines. Either you get it or you don’t, even though the script makes nosense. Z man is awesome and creepy, ashley st ives is on fire, and thecarrie nations rock in that dopey pill popping late 60′s acid popstyle. The question is why has russ meyer never released it on DVD?Come on dude this and faster pussycat kill kill are films that thepeople need to see. A cut above 90% of the Hollywood recycled crap andremade TV junk they throw at you. To be honest if someone remade thisflick I would see it. I also love the fact that they completely went inthe opposite direction of the original, which I cant even remember if ihave seen.

  6. ThrownMuse from The land of the Bunyips
    06 Dec 2013, 10:18 am

    "Harris, make love to me!" "Where? Here?" "NO! IN L.A.!"

    A 60s all-girl rock band decides to get in the van and head to LosAngeles to try to make it big. And they find it is super easy, and theymake connections fast, but fame and fortune comes at an expense.

    Although it claims to be unrelated, this is basically "Valley of theDolls" made fun and trashy. Yes, this is the movie that is infamous forbeing written by Roger Ebert. Yes, this is a bad movie with appallingediting. Yes, this is tasteless schlock. But, it is tasteless schlockat its best. Even though the lead cast is comprised of (very lovely)Playboy pin-ups and models that look stoned half the time, they do agreat job at portraying immediately corrupted innocents. I actuallyreally enjoy the 60s soul garage music (even though none of theactresses actually played or sang, whoever played and sang for TheCarrie Nations sounded damn good–the soundtrack has recently beenreleased to CD, which I plan on picking up and playing at my nexttrashy dance party). I can watch this movie over and over again, andthe unforgettable drug-soaked finale never ceases to shock me. But Ireally could do without the moralizing voice-over at the end. It makesme question whether or not the filmmakers were really serious about thepsychotranny, abortion-pushing lesbian, and other disturbing colorfulcharacters. My Rating: 8/10.

  7. Brian Ellis from Chantilly, VA
    06 Dec 2013, 10:18 am

    I liked this movie but I was prepared, having read about it extensivelybefore seeing it. From the soundtrack to the camera and editing tricksto the performances, I liked it all. My only problem was the middlepart of the movie which concentrated on the personal troubles of theband, sort of dragged. Only when John Lazar came back did the moviepick up and I guess I'm in the minority because I liked the ending.Mainly, because it took the outrageous flavor from the beginning andwent even farther. The casting was especially noteworthy. Normally,people who can't act really bother me but watching all of the Playboyplaymates trying to act serious while spouting out hilariously clichéddialogue (I can only hope that Roger Ebert and Russ Meyer weren'ttrying to write authentic dialogue) was very funny. Special note mustbe given to the drummer trying to pretend that she could really play.Only Lazar came off as a real actor and he tackled his role with gusto.It is a shame to see that he has never really done anything worthy ofhis talents after this. Having seen this film only once I don't knowhow it would hold up after repeated viewings but I can say it is worthseeing at least once.

  8. Vince-5 from northeastern PA
    06 Dec 2013, 10:18 am

    One of the all-time great cult films, BVD is an energetic, imaginativeparody of Valley of the Dolls and other such dippy Hollywood melodramas.Ourthree lusty, busty heroines are the members of an all-girl pop group. Fromone trailer: "Dolly Read is Kelly, the singer. Cynthia Myers is Casey, theswinger. Marcia McBroom is Pet, the soul sister." Whoa! Anyway, our trio ofsexy supervixens move out to Hollywood, get discovered immediately, and arethrown into a whirlpool of pill addiction, alcoholism, lesbianism,abortions, depression, double crosses, crippling injuries, lots ofviolence,and lots of sex. All of this is played with a deceptively straight face,with the wild comedy arising from the ludicrousness of the soap-operasituations. One particularly sudsy moment is even accompanied by swellingdaytime-TV organ music! There are obvious jokes, which are spirited andveryfunny, and even some sly references to Valley of the Dolls (a characternamed Miriam, the Warwick Court Apartments). The ending has to be seen tobebelieved, and even then….

    The acting is very good (though Dolly Read’s natural British and fakeAmerican accents are openly battling throughout), with top prizes taken byJohn LaZar as freaked-out record mogul Z-Man and Edy Williams as voraciousporno queen Ashley St. Ives. The women, sporting big hair and thick falseeyelashes, are all incredibly beautiful, and Russ Meyer lovingly capturesthem in neon-bright color. The editing and camerawork are fast-paced andsuper-stylish, as usual with Meyer. The soundtrack is excellent.

    A groovy, sexy, X-rated look at L.A. back when it was cool!

    Trivia: The reason this X seems so mild is because it was intended for anR!Meyer did prepare a more explicit version, but when this tamer cut was X’d,Fox elected to distribute it instead of the racier print. The video boxsaysNC-17 because Fox has a policy against never releasing an X-rated tape. Ofcourse, an X in 1970 did mean 17 and over, whereas it now means 18 andover.HUGE chasm there!

  9. brefane from United States
    06 Dec 2013, 10:18 am

    Russ Meyer's most lavish production is still jaw dropping, and stillbeyond comparison. BTVOTD is the ultimate camp film that, unlike Valleyof the Dolls, is knowingly campy, deliberately absurd, never comes downto earth, and achieves a non stop contact high. Beyond description, itmust be seen to be believed. A rapid fire, mind-rending parody ofvirtually every genre and cliché that can be squeezed into a 2 hourfilm. The film hasn't aged a bit and its reputation has rightfullygrown since its initial release in 1970. The songs, dialog, direction,editing, music, and acting all provide endless amazement every time Isee it. In the 30 plus years since its release nothing else comes closeto the experience of this film. A true audience film with so many linesand scenes that viewers have memorized. In comparison, The Rocky HorrorPicutre Show seems dull and conventional. BEYOND is and was ahead ofits time, and remains essential viewing.

  10. macmeisterx from United States
    06 Dec 2013, 10:18 am

    This film is a complete, total and utter steaming heap of WTF? If yourhead doesn’t explode at some point, you should check your pulse.

    It is, therefore, glorious.

    Forget over the top, this film bypasses the top and vaults right intothe stratosphere. Cliché ’60s dialog that would make Austin Powerscringe! Hairdos and fashions that make Tammy Faye Baker look like theparagon of good taste! Plot lines so soapy they make "Dynasty" seemlike a Bergman film in comparison! And all wrapped up by a moralizingnarrator telling you these are *horrible, horrible* people, and theydeserve *every* Bad Thing that happened to them!

    And then, there’s the sequence with a hermaphrodite dressed in spanglesproclaiming him/ herself to be "Superwoman" and randomly slaughteringeveryone in sight . . .

    Oh, yes, you could *not* ask for better home-brew MST3K fodder. If youlike getting together with friends and MSTing bad movies, or justwatching bizarre stuff, this is for you.

    It also has some value for those into pop culture history, because thefootprints of this film have turned up in many other, more mainstreamproductions, particularly the Austin Powers films and "The Rocky HorrorPicture Show." I swear that Tim Curry’s performance as Dr. Frank nFurter was largely lifted from John Lazar’s portrayal of Z-Man. And theCarrie Nations’ songs are surprisingly good — vocalist Lynn Carey, whodubbed Dolly Reed’s singing voice, is amazing. (It just adds anotherlayer of WTF to this movie that Kelly’s singing and speaking voices *donot match at all*.)

    The one caveat I have is that some may perceive the film to behomophobic — all the straight characters in the film end up livinghappily ever after, all the gay/bisexual characters end up brutallyslaughtered. Unfortunately, given the time period in which the film wasmade, this was probably inevitable for a major-studio Hollywood film.

    For people who are aficionados of the bad, the bizarre and the botfodder, bad films just don’t come much better than this.

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