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432 Ratings

Valley of the Dolls

Directed by Mark Robson
United States, 1967


Cutthroat careerism, wild sex, and fierce female protagonists are all on offer in this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s sensational and wildly popular novel. Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins, and Sharon Tate star as three friends navigating the glamorous, pressurized world of big-time show business.

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Valley of the Dolls Directed by Mark Robson

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1968 | Nominee: Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment

Golden Globes (USA)

1968 | Nominee: Most Promising Newcomer - Female

A critical (although not commercial) bomb on release, Valley of the Dolls rose from the ashes to become a so-bad-it’s-good cult film of the highest order. But today, in the face of a mainstream American media culture simultaneously Trumpian and Kardashian in nature, there’s a real sense of tragedy in the hyperactive, kinetic glitz of Robson’s film.
March 17, 2017
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As helmed by Mark Robson, whose Peyton Place was something like the rural trial run for this film’s sleekly urban take on similar sins, Valley of the Dolls applied the best, albeit increasingly creakiest, Hollywood machinery to deliver the tell-all story of what damage the industry can wreak on its brightest stars.
September 30, 2016
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Sharon Tate’s work in Dolls is its most intelligent, and searching, acting. Her woodenness in the early sections of the film is quite transparently a presentation of Jennifer’s forcing herself to please the men who constantly drool all over her décolletage.
September 29, 2016
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