Valley of the Dolls

1967 **** 123 mins.

Based upon the novel by Jacqueline Susann, which cause quite a sensation just year prior, Valley of the Dolls is a very good film that adequately captures the spirit of the novel, even if some nitpicky story elements have been changed. The changes work very well in the flow of the film, and what's really important is the message of the film, the arc of the characters, and the style of the film. Are are handled very well, and I don't think any fan of the book (i.e. myself) could be disappointed with this film. There is a lot in this film for everyone to enjoy. Its mature subject matter, paired with the lighthearted, old-fashioned-cinema style of the film makes a film that really stands as a one-of-a-kind film experience.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Panavision)
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, including drug abuse, some sexual content, partial nudity and language.

Barbara Parkins + Patty Duke + Paul Burke + Sharon Tate + Martin Milner + Charles Drake + Alex Davion + Lee Grant + Joey Bishop + George Jessel + Susan Hayward

Screenplay by
Helen Deutsch and Dorothy Kingsley

Based on the Novel by
Jacqueline Susann

Directed by
Mark Robson

VALLEY OF THE DOLLS in The Criterion Collection

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