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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)

R  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  23 July 1982 (USA)
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Town Sheriff and regular patron, fights to keep a historical whorehouse open when a TV preacher targets it as the Devils playhouse.



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Edsel (as Noah Beery)
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Ken Magee ...
Mary Louise Wilson ...
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With Burt and Dolly this much fun just couldn't be legal!


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

23 July 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La mejor casita de placer  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)


$69,700,000 (USA)

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Marvin Zindler, on which Melvin P. Thorpe is based, liked the play but didn't like the film. Zindler said that his crusade against the Chicken Ranch has been taken out of context. He wasn't trying to get it closed down because of the prostitution, but because of the Ranch's reported ties to organized crime and other shady business dealings. See more »


During the song "Little bitty puissant country place" you can see a girl dressed in all black with an eye patch over her left eye, but she quickly disappears, and was not sitting at the table, explaining the rules, and she is never seen again. See more »


[first lines]
Deputy Fred: It was the nicest little whorehouse you ever saw!
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Where Stallions Run
(cut from some film versions)
Written by Dolly Parton
Performed by Burt Reynolds
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Just the right dose of Southern Comfort
20 April 2005 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Surprisingly good musical about the infamous "Chicken Ranch". The women are pretty, the songs are good, the dancing is OK. I wasn't expecting much, but I found the movie enjoyable, even fun to watch. Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton both give good performances. Great songs by Parton. She sings "I Will Always Love You" even better than Whitney. Another good song: "Sneaking Around with You" by both Parton and Reynolds. He sings!

Get over the title and rent this one. I actually got the movie from my local public library. The movie does make some kind of statement on the issue of prostitution, but also on the power of the media. But don't expect lengthy analysis!

Seen at home, in Toronto, on April 20th, 2005. I first saw this movie in the early eighties.

79/100 (***)

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