The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

1982 "With Burt and Dolly this much fun just couldn't be legal!"
6| 1h54m| R| en
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The town sheriff and a madame team up to stop a television evangelist from shutting down the local whorehouse, the famed "Chicken Ranch."

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Hellen I like the storyline of this show,it attract me so much
Micransix Crappy film
Lidia Draper Great example of an old-fashioned, pure-at-heart escapist event movie that doesn't pretend to be anything that it's not and has boat loads of fun being its own ludicrous self.
Mathilde the Guild Although I seem to have had higher expectations than I thought, the movie is super entertaining.
Benedito Dias Rodrigues Here you have two situation completely different to judge,one hand you have the movie itself...in other hand you have a proper Whorehouse called Chiken Ranch which actually existed in the past and and we knows how it worked in those days....but let's forget the past and talk about the movie...even having a fine musical numbers with beauty and sexiest girls and a fine performance of Dom DeLouise as sensationalist guy who play dirty to get high audience to your TV show and also the main cast Reynold and Parton has a good performance,despite this the end is very disappointing....no a single revenge to hypocrite Melvin who end up winning the glory...however the movie is really funny...but claimed that the Whorehouse pay taxes is too much!!Resume:First watch: 1988 / How many: 3 / Source: TV-DVD / Rating: 6.75
SnoopyStyle There has been a whorehouse just outside of Gilbert, Texas owned by Wulla Jean since before WWI. During the depression, they accepted chicken as payment for services resulting in the nickname, the Chicken Ranch. Wulla Jean passed away leaving her establishment to Mona Stangley (Dolly Parton). The Ranch has local support including Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd (Burt Reynolds) who comes over often to see her. Muckraking reporter Melvin P. Thorpe (Dom DeLuise) comes to do a series of expose on the Ranch. Mona promises Ed to shut down for 2 months but she recants for the traditional Thanksgiving game between Texas A&M and University of Texas. A Senator is caught as well when Thorpe barges in on the Ranch. Sheriff Dodd is under pressure and he tries to plead his case to the Governor (Charles Durning).Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds come in like an old married couple. She has always been a bit of a cartoon character to me. There are a few pretty catchy songs in this. It's a cute R-rated musical but not that funny. Jim Nabors and Dom DeLuise don't get as many laughs as I expected. It's a very light somewhat enjoyable Broadway-heavy musical.
David Conrad There is a commitment to authenticity in film production of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." The people are fictional, in that no real-life sheriffs or governors or madams are depicted, but the movie is unafraid to use the names and likenesses of real, powerful Texas institutions to fill out the whorehouse clientele portion of its cast. Early on, Jim Nabors's goofball deputy explains one of the key plot points: the winning team of each year's famed football match between Texas A&M University and the University of Texas gets a free night at the Chicken Ranch, a house of ill repute west of Houston. To allege such a thing in a movie today would be impossible: the lawsuits would be swift and many. But here, it isn't just alleged—it's depicted in vivid detail and with the flamboyant abandon of a great movie musical. The sequence begins on the gridiron, with the trademarked logos of A&M and UT on proud display, and transitions to the victorious Aggies' locker room where the men do a gleeful choreographed routine and strip down to their bare asses right underneath the "Gig 'Em Aggies" sign. Soon enough they're at the Chicken Ranch, where a Senator looks on approvingly as the team and the employees dance and carry on in various states of undress. It's a very funny string of scenes, and it wouldn't have the same sense of stakes or impropriety if instead of the Aggies the team was some made-up, generic stand-in; in Texas, there is no stand-in for A&M. One wonders how the large and powerful Aggie alumni community feels about this film. The movie walks a delicate line regarding the morality of its subject matter. It satirizes politicians (Charles Durning shows himself to be a physical comedy genius in his single, show-stealing number) and condemns "gotcha" journalism (Dom DeLuise's TV investigator dandy even uses that exclamation), and these are easy targets, but its discussion of the whorehouse itself is confined to a limited set of debate parameters. The perspective of the whores themselves is mostly missing, as is the criticism of prostitution as a kind of slavery. In its place is the less troubling contest between the support of safer, legalized, pimp-free prostitution and the old-fashioned condemnation of it on religious grounds. Most modern theater- and film-goers take the former view when those are the only two options, and the movie does so as well with a compelling and well-meaning righteousness. What it lacks in nuance on the subject of paid sex, it makes up for with really touching character moments between Burt Reynolds's duded-up sheriff and Dolly Parton's dolled- up proprietress. Their relationship is kept on impressively equal footing, and it feels as real and lived-in as the footage of the Texas capitol, the small-town courthouse square, and the Texas A&M stadium.
bichyjojo OK, so I just watched this movie in its entirety for the first time. I watched bits and pieces of it growing up when I could while Mom was not at home. Because of course, I wasn't allowed to watch it.Seeing bits and pieces of it growing up, I thought it was a great movie. To actually sit and watch the entire movie was awesome. It was a great, light-hearted comedy. I have always loved Dolly Parton, since I was a little girl, and playing Ms. Mona just made me love her that much more. Her voice is one of the most memorable ever. I also love Burt Reynolds, and he played the sheriff to a tee.I know this is not a great comment on my part. I just want everyone to know that I LOVE this movie and I think if you have never seen it and love comedies/musicals, you will adore this movie as much as I did.