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Chicken Ranch (1983)

Unrated | | Documentary | May 1983 (USA)
Documentary on the "Chicken Ranch," a legal Nevada brothel.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fran Fran ... Herself - The Madam
Walter Plankinton Walter Plankinton ... Himself - The Owner (as Walter)
Connie Connie ... Herself
Claudia Claudia ... Herself
Mandy Mandy ... Herself
J.J. J.J. ... Herself
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Documentary on the "Chicken Ranch," a legal Nevada brothel.

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English

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May 1983 (USA) See more »

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Nevada, USA See more »

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Color
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Trivia

Although this is before Nick Broomfield started appearing in his own films, part of his body enters the frame in a couple of shots (he's holding the sound equipment) and his voice can be heard asking a couple of questions near the end. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kurt & Courtney (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Just Between You And Me
(uncredited)
Performed by April Wine
Written by Myles Goodwin
Played when J.J. is in her car and about to leave the ranch
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Interesting people interactions
2 July 2011 | by steve-96-890961See all my reviews

I loved the ending, which I will not reveal here.

Well done documentary of letting the subjects tell/live their own story and interact with each other to expand the viewer's awareness of whom they are and what their work is about. Underlying power and control dynamics burst into full view at the end! Although it focuses on the work of "working girls" in a Nevada brothel, it is also reflects human interactions when people are confined in the same space for weeks or months at a time. The opening and occasional shots of the desolate desert just reinforce the dependency of the "confinees" on each other for their emotional needs.

If you prefer a lot of action, this will feel slow to you, but it is just letting the subjects lives unfold at the pace they experience it. Biggest fault is the poor video quality in an age of HD!


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