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Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

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Director: Colin Higgins

Cast: Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton, Dom DeLuise


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When Texas authorities attempt to close down The Chicken Ranch, a popular Texas brothel, the local Madam fights to save her business -- singing and dancing all the way. This raucous musical comedy is based on the hit Broadway play.


When Texas authorities attempt to close down The Chicken Ranch, a popular Texas brothel, the local Madam fights to save her business -- singing and dancing all the way. This raucous musical comedy is based on the hit Broadway play.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A rollicking, good-natured 1982 film adaptation of the 1978 Broadway stage smash, Whorehouse was tailor-made for the personas of top-billed Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton. Burt, who had long appealed to rural and southern audiences, snugly filled the shoes of small-town Texas sheriff Ed Earl, an easygoing fellow under increasing pressure to close down a legendary local brothel known as "The Chicken Ranch." Country-music favorite and newly minted screen star Dolly Parton was ideally cast as Miss Mona Strangely, the formidable proprietress of that august establishment. These enormously popular and gifted stars were very nearly upstaged, though, by character actor Charles Durning, whose showstopping number, "Sidestep," remains one of the movie's highlights. Even after two decades, everything about this mildly naughty tune fest still impresses: Parton's numbers are uniformly good, especially "A Li'l Ol' Bitty Piss-ant Country Place," which gets the story off to a rousing, toe-tapping start. What's often forgotten is that Whorehouse also contains the first screen rendition of Dolly's 1974 hit song, "I Will Always Love You," which Whitney Houston covered spectacularly in her 1992 film, The Bodyguard. A bubbly supporting cast includes Dom DeLuise, Jim Nabors, Robert Mandan, and Lois Nettleton. Colin Higgins, who had previously directed Parton in her breakout film, Nine to Five, stages comedy set pieces and elaborately choreographed production numbers with equal brio. This is one of those movies you can't help but like, if only because everybody seems to be having so much fun. For high-spirited entertainment it can't be beat -- believe us, this is one Whorehouse you shouldn't be afraid to patronize.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Reynolds Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd
Dolly Parton Mona Stangely
Dom DeLuise Melvin P. Thorpe
Charles Durning Governor
Jim Nabors Deputy Fred
Robert Mandan Senator Wingwood
Lois Nettleton Dulcie Mae
Theresa Merritt Jewel
Noah Beery Edsel
Raleigh Bond Mayor
Barry Corbin C.J.
Ken Magee Mansel
Mary Jo Catlett Rita
Mary Wilson Modene
Howard K. Smith Himself
Stanley de Santis Actor
Karyn Harrison Chicken Girl
Lily Mariye Chicken Ranch Girl
Terri Robinson Chicken Ranch Girl
Terri Treas Chicken Ranch Girl
Melanie Winter Chicken Ranch Girl
Stephen Bray Aggie
Jeff Calhoun Aggie
David Engel Aggie
Joe Hart Aggie
Jerry Mitchell Aggie
Kevin Ryan Aggie
Tim Topper Aggie
Arnetia Walker Dogette
John Walter Davis Melvin's Crew
Gregory Itzin Melvin's Crew
Tim Stack Melvin's Crew
Larry B. Williams Melvin's Crew
Harvey Christiansen Old Farmer
Helen Kleeb Dora
Micky 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
Lee Ritchey Governor's Aide
Alice Drummond Governor's Secretary
Randy Bennett Privates Boy
John Edson Male Reporter
Robert Ginnaven Male Reporter
Suzi McLaughlin Female Reporter

Technical Credits
Colin Higgins Director,Screenwriter
Robert L. Boyett Producer
Robert F. Boyle Production Designer
David Bretherton Editor
Nicholas Eliopoulous Editor
William A. Fraker Cinematographer
Carol Hall Score Composer,Songwriter
Walter A. Hannemann Editor
Pembroke J. Herring Editor
Jack Hofstra Editor
William B. Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Larry L. King Original Story,Screenwriter
Peter Macgregor-Scott Co-producer
Peter Masterson Original Story,Screenwriter
Edward K. Milkis Producer
Thomas L. Miller Producer
Norman Newberry Production Designer
Arthur Jeph Parker Set Decoration/Design
Dolly Parton Songwriter
Frank Richwood Production Designer
Jack Frost Sanders Asst. Director
Tony Stevens Choreography
Theadora Van Runkle Costumes/Costume Designer
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects
Patrick Williams Score Composer,Songwriter


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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is based on the legend of the Chicken Ranch, a notorious brothel in Texas that was forced to shut down after over 100 years in business due to the antics of a nosy tv reporter from Houston. This movie is truly entertaining, with excellent dance sequences, terrific music, and a awesome cast that includes Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds, and Dom Deluise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Dolly in the best little whorehouse in texas I loved every part that has Dolly in it I didn't like the watchdog report on the chicken ranch though!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the Watchdog report on the Chicken Ranch, and when the Aggie Boys are dancing up a storm in the locker rooms. It's a classic Texas tale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's the most funny movie ever!!!!