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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)

A town's sheriff and regular patron of a historical whorehouse fights to keep it running when a TV reporter targets it as the Devil's playhouse.

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Founded in 1910 just outside of the city limits of Gilbert located in Lanville County, Texas, the Chicken Ranch has for generations been known as the best whorehouse in Texas for its wholesome fun, strict moral code and cleanliness, all perpetuated by its original owner, Miss Wulla Jean. Seven years ago, Miss Wulla Jean passed on, leaving the Chicken Ranch to her favorite working girl, Miss Mona Stangley, who wants to keep the same traditions of Miss Wulla Jean. The Chicken Ranch has always had the unofficial blessing of the local authorities, who see the ranch providing an important community service, one which most in local authority have used at one time or another in their life. In fact, Miss Mona and Lanville County Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd have been in a relationship for years, Ed Earl who is Miss Mona's protector, albeit one with a hot temper and good ol' boy attitude that doesn't exactly match the needs of his law upholding position. That blessing may change when television ... Written by Huggo

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With Burt and Dolly this much fun just couldn't be legal!

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Comedy | Musical

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23 July 1982 (USA)  »

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La mejor casita de placer  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,874,268, 25 July 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$69,701,637
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2.35 : 1
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Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune, who'd helmed the original Broadway production, were initially hired to co-direct the film. However, Universal executives got cold feet due to the duo's lack of film experience. Colin Higgins was later given the job as a result of his writing and directing work in the wildly successful comedy Nine to Five (1980), which also starred Dolly Parton. See more »

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The girl who explains why Miss Mona doesn't allow tattoos has a tattoo on her right shoulder. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Deputy Fred: It was the nicest little whorehouse you ever saw!
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Spoofed in Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014) See more »

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Courtyard Shag
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Written by Carol Hall
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Just the right dose of Southern Comfort
20 April 2005 | by 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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