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Director:
Writers:
Larry L. King (play) and
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Release Date:
23 July 1982 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
With Burt and Dolly this much fun just couldn't be legal!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Burt Reynolds ... Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd

Dolly Parton ... Mona Stangley

Dom DeLuise ... Melvin

Charles Durning ... Governor

Jim Nabors ... Deputy Fred
Robert Mandan ... Senator Wingwood

Lois Nettleton ... Dulcie Mae

Theresa Merritt ... Jewel

Noah Beery Jr. ... Edsel (as Noah Beery)
Raleigh Bond ... Mayor

Barry Corbin ... C.J.
Ken Magee ... Mansel

Mary Jo Catlett ... Rita
Mary Louise Wilson ... Modene

Howard K. Smith ... Howard K. Smith

Gail Benedict ... Chicken Ranch Girl
Valerie Leigh Bixler ... Chicken Ranch Girl

Leslie Cook ... Chicken Ranch Girl
Carol Culver ... Chicken Ranch Girl
Lorraine Fields ... Chicken Ranch Girl
Trish Garland ... Chicken Ranch Girl
Sandi Johnson ... Chicken Ranch Girl
Lee Lund ... Chicken Ranch Girl
Paula Lynn ... Chicken Ranch Girl

Lily Mariye ... Chicken Ranch Girl
Andrea Pike ... Chicken Ranch Girl
Terry Calloway ... Chicken Ranch Girl (as Terrie M. Robinson)
Jennifer Nairn-Smith ... Chicken Ranch Girl

Terri Treas ... Chicken Ranch Girl
Melanie Winter ... Chicken Ranch Girl
Stephen Bray ... Aggie
Brian Bullard ... Aggie
Jeff Calhoun ... Aggie (as Jeffrey Calhoun)
Gary Chapman ... Aggie
John Dolf ... Aggie
David Engel ... Aggie
Edmond Alan Forsyth ... Aggie (as Ed Forsyth)
Mark Fotopoulos ... Aggie
Michael Fullington ... Aggie

David Warren Gibson ... Aggie

Joe Hart ... Aggie
Jeffrey Hornaday ... Aggie
Patrick Maguire ... Aggie
Ted Marriot ... Aggie
Jerry Mitchell ... Aggie
Steven Moore ... Aggie
Douglas Robb ... Aggie
Kevin Ryan ... Aggie
Tim Topper ... Aggie
Marvin Tunney ... Aggie
Randy Val Cupp ... Aggie
Robert Warners ... Aggie
Robin Lynn Funk ... Dogette
Larry Kenton ... Dogette

Edie Lehmann Boddicker ... Dogette (as Edie Lehmann)
Mark Thomas McGee ... Dogette (as Mark McGee)
Karen McLain ... Dogette
Benjamin Taylor ... Dogette
Arnetia Walker ... Dogette
Ty Whitney ... Dogette

Robert Briscoe Evans ... Melvin's Crew (as Robert Briscoe)
John Walter Davis ... Melvin's Crew

Gregory Itzin ... Melvin's Crew

Timothy Stack ... Melvin's Crew
Larry B. Williams ... Melvin's Crew
Harvey Christiansen ... Old Farmer
Donald F. Colson ... Jeff Gerald

Helen Kleeb ... Dora

Mickey Jones ... Henry
Bobby Fite ... Dulcie Mae's Son

Paula Shaw ... Wulla Jean
Kenneth White ... Sheriff Jack Roy

Ted Gehring ... Sheriff Chapman

Wayne Heffley ... TV Station Manager
Verne Lundquist ... Himself (as Vern Lundquist)
Lee Grosscup ... Himself
Lee Ritchey ... Governor's Aide

Alice Drummond ... Governor's Secretary
Thomas Myers ... Senator's Aide (as Thomas R. Myers)
Victoria Wells ... Washing Girl
Karyn Harrison ... Chicken Girl

Randy Bennett ... Privates Boy
Willie T. Neely ... Nester
Harold Offer ... Nester
Kenneth Threadgill ... Nester
John Edson ... Male Reporter
Robert Ginnaven ... Male Reporter
Sharon Ammann ... Female Reporter
Claudette Gardner ... Female Reporter
Suzi McLaughlin ... Female Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christine Bridges ... Chicken Ranch Girl Raid (uncredited)
Chuck Dawson ... JukeBox Delivery Man (uncredited)
Anne Gaybis ... Chicken Ranch Girl (uncredited)
Larry Gilman ... 50's Vignette (uncredited)

Kay Parker ... World War II Girl (uncredited)
Catherine Wilkinson ... Young Whore Dancer (uncredited)
Bret Williams ... Silhouette Cowboy (uncredited)

Robbin Young ... Working Girl in Whorehouse (uncredited)

Directed by
Colin Higgins 
 
Writing credits
Larry L. King (play) and
Peter Masterson (play)

Larry L. King (screenplay) &
Peter Masterson (screenplay) and
Colin Higgins (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert L. Boyett .... producer
Peter Macgregor-Scott .... co-producer
Edward K. Milkis .... producer
Thomas L. Miller .... producer
 
Original Music by
Carol Hall 
Patrick Williams (original background music)
 
Cinematography by
William A. Fraker (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David Bretherton 
Nicholas Eliopoulos 
Walter Hannemann  (as Walt Hannemann)
Pembroke J. Herring 
Jack Hofstra 
 
Casting by
Terry Liebling  (as Terry H. Liebling)
 
Production Design by
Robert F. Boyle 
 
Art Direction by
Norman Newberry 
 
Set Decoration by
Arthur Jeph Parker  (as Arthur J. Parker)
 
Costume Design by
Theadora Van Runkle 
 
Makeup Department
Pete Altobelli .... makeup artist (as Peter Altobelli)
Cindy Baggett .... body makeup
Irene De'Atley .... hair stylist
Tom Ellingwood .... makeup artist: Mr. Reynolds (as Tom Eillingwood)
Lynda Gurasich .... hair stylist: Mr. Reynolds
Barbara Lorenz .... hair stylist
Colleen Owens .... hair stylist: Miss Parton
Lorraine Roberson .... hair stylist: Miss Parton
Marvin G. Westmore .... makeup artist (as Marvin Westmore)
Brad Wilder .... makeup artist: Miss Parton
 
Production Management
Peter Macgregor-Scott .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emmitt-Leon O'Neill .... second assistant director (as Emmitt-Leon O'Neil)
Jack Frost Sanders .... first assistant director
Jim Van Wyck .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Carl Aldana .... production illustrator
Tom Bartholomew .... standby painter
Bob Cameron .... greensman
Marco A. Campos .... propmaker
Mentor Huebner .... illustrator
Joseph Hurley .... production illustrator
Greg C. Jensen .... general construction foreman
Daniel Maltese .... set designer
Frank Mitchell .... greensman
Jerry Moss .... propmaster (as Gerald Moss)
Ken Peterson .... assistant propmaster (as Kenneth Peterson)
Phil Read .... construction coordinator
Frank Richwood .... assistant art director
Art Schneider .... leadman (as Arthur Schneider)
Curtis A. Schnell .... set designer
Robert A. Sturtevant .... stand-by propmaker
Ted Wilson .... carpenter
Glenn Dunn .... propmaker (uncredited)
Clarence Fay Konkel .... carpenter: set (uncredited)
Robert Misetich .... painter (uncredited)
Benjamin Resella .... scenic designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bill Becker .... playback operator
Carl Fischer .... playback operator
Craig Herring .... assistant sound editor
Glenn Hoskinson .... sound editor
Gil Hudson .... dialogue replacement editor
Walt Jenevein .... sound editor
William B. Kaplan .... sound mixer
Steve Klinghoffer .... cableman
Stanley H. Polinsky .... sound re-recording
Earl Sampson .... boom operator
John Stacy .... supervising sound editor
Bruce Stambler .... sound editor
John J. Stephens .... sound re-recording
Kyle Wright .... sound editor
Ross Taylor .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Fred Z. Gebler .... special effects (as Fred Gebler)
 
Visual Effects by
Henry Schoessler .... credited
Henry Schoessler .... visual effects
Bill Taylor .... matte photographer
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects
 
Stunts
Eddie Hice .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fredrick Albrecht .... best boy grip (as Frederick Albrecht)
Dave Anderberg .... grip
Gerald H. Boatright .... best boy electric (as Gerald Boatright)
Steve Bridge .... camera operator
Bobby Byrne .... additional photographer
Joe Collins .... best boy grip
Gary R. Dodd .... key grip (as Gary Dodd)
Lindsay P. Hill .... vtr operator
Gary Holt .... gaffer
Jan Koshay .... dolly grip
Peter Kuttner .... first assistant second unit
Nick McLean .... camera operator
Bob Mundell .... best boy electric (as Bob Mundell Jr.)
Michael Orefice .... electrician
Doug Pentek .... gaffer (as Douglas Pentek)
Keith Peterman .... first assistant camera
Steven Poster .... additional photographer
Calmar Roberts .... first assistant camera (as Cal Roberts)
Robbie Robinson .... still photographer
Andy Romanoff .... louma crane
Bobby Thomas .... first assistant camera
Lawrence Grauman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ann Lukacs .... second unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Liz Keigley .... casting: Texas
Shari Rhodes .... casting: Texas
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bruce Ericksen .... wardrobe: men (as Bruce Erickson)
April Ferry .... wardrobe: women
Bruce R. Hogard .... wardrobe: men
Kathleen Lawrence .... wardrobe: women
Michael Lynn .... wardrobe: men
Norman Salling .... wardrobe: Mr. Reynolds
Shirlee Strahm .... wardrobe: Miss Parton
 
Editorial Department
Neil Brewer .... assistant editor
John W. Carr .... assistant editor (as John Carr)
William Essary .... assistant editor (as Bill Essary)
Erica Flaum .... assistant editor
Jack Garsha .... color timer
Phil Hetos .... color consultant
David A. Simmons .... assistant editor (as David Simmons)
 
Location Management
Dow Griffith .... location manager
Chris Karamanos .... location catering
 
Music Department
Bob Alcivar .... musical arranger: underscore
Richard Baskin .... music consultant
George Brand .... music editor
George Doering .... musician
Gene N. Fowler .... music editor
Michael Fowler .... music editor
Earle Hagen .... dance orchestrator
Earle Hagen .... orchestrator
Carol Hall .... lyricist
Jack Hayes .... dance orchestrator
Roger Jaep .... assistant music editor
Billy May .... dance orchestrator
Dolly Parton .... composer: additional songs
Dolly Parton .... music supervisor
Gregg Perry .... music arranger
Gregg Perry .... music producer
Gregg Perry .... music supervisor
Shorty Rogers .... musical arranger: underscore
Herbert W. Spencer .... underscore orchestrator (as Herb Spencer)
Dan Wallin .... music re-mix
Patrick Williams .... orchestrator
Donald Woods .... underscore music editor (as Don Woods)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Patrick Williams .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Joseph Lockwood .... driver
Joseph Lockwood .... transportation
Tony Monzo .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Michael Bourne .... production associate
Stanley Brossette .... unit publicist
Theresa Burt .... production assistant
Cadence Cloggers of Austin .... dancers
Janet M. Daube .... assistant to Colin Higgins
Robert Davenport .... animal trainer (as Bobby J. Davenport)
Bruce Ehrlich .... auditor
Nicholas Eliopoulos .... pre-production coordinator
Dow Griffith .... assistant producer
Dorain Grusman .... assistant choreographer
Tony Habeeb .... unit publicist
Wally Harper .... dance arranger
Iris Hedrick .... assistant accountant
J. Paul Higgins .... production assistant
Richard Holley .... helicopter pilot (as Rick Holley)
Liz Kohlman .... assistant to Peter Macgregor-Scott
Stevie Myers .... animal trainer
Phill Norman .... title designer
Princess O'Mahoney .... production assistant
Willie Radcliff .... craft service
Bill Rodenbaugh .... production accountant (as William Rodenbaugh)
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Carole Steller .... assistant to Edward K. Milkis
Tony Stevens .... choreographer
Dorothy Vitale .... first aid
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Best Little Cathouse in Texas" - Canada (English title) (bowdlerized title)
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Runtime:
114 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (DVD rating) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:16 | Peru:14 | Singapore:(Banned) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R (No. 26704) | West Germany:16 (f)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In 1981, it was announced that Larry Hagman would be playing a small role in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Sheriff Dodd tells Miss Mona that Melvin P. Thorpe "wears a sock in his underwear". In that earlier scene with Thorpe and Dodd, Thorpe stuffs the rolled up sock into the leg of his trousers, not his underwear.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Deputy Fred:It was the nicest little whorehouse you ever saw!
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Soundtrack:
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24 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Sadly forgotten, 8 April 2002
Author: preppy-3 from United States

Big, splashy, fun musical about a whorehouse (the Chicken Ranch) in Texas run by Miss Mona (Dolly Parton). She's in love with the sheriff (Burt Reynolds) and the town has no problem with the house. Then a sleazy TV showman (Dom DeLuise) exposes the ranch and all hell breaks lose.

This was a modest hit in 1982. It's easy to see why--it's full of energy and enthusiasm, has great songs and some fantastic all out production numbers. Reynolds is just OK but Parton is an absolute joy--she gives one of her best performances and even sings "I Will Always Love You" (I prefer Whitney's version). Also there is equal amounts of male and female nudity and has a healthy attitude about sex (this was made before AIDS was well-known about). And Charles Durning stops the show with his "sidestepping" number...he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for this.

Only complaint is the ending. It's way too serious and realistic--I wish they had opted for a fairy tale like ending. Also Lois Nettleton's subplot is seriously underdeveloped--I assume it was shot but cut out for the running time.

See it and enjoy!

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