• The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (2003)

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Release Date: March 23rd, 2003

DVD Release Date: January 7th, 2003

R |1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary

Miss Mona (Dolly Parton) runs the Chicken Ranch, a brothel with a long history in a small Texas town. The locals have a good relationship with the institution, and Mona is respected in the community. The sheriff, Ed Earl Dodd (Burt Reynolds), also looks out for the Chicken Ranch due to his past with Miss Mona. However, when pious reporter Melvin Thorpe (Dom DeLuise) exposes the brothel, outside interests want it shut down, putting the governor (Charles Durning) in a tough spot.

Cast: Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton, Dom DeLuise, Charles Durning, Jim Nabors, Robert Mandan, Lois Nettleton, Theresa Merritt

Director: Colin Higgins

Genres: Musical comedy

Production Co: Universal Pictures

Keywords: 1980s, Endearing, Amusing, Forbidden love, Playful

Ratings & Reviews

  • 40
    Time Out

    The dialogue is Texas crude, the sentiment Bible Belt coy, and the songs conveyor-belt Broadway: stale air on a G-string. show more

  • 63
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Entertainments like this are what Hollywood is said to be all about: larger than life personalities redeeming material smaller than a breadbox. [23 July 1982]

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    If they ever give Dolly her freedom and stop packaging her so antiseptically, she could be terrific. But Dolly and Burt and Whorehouse never get beyond the concept stage in this movie. show more

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Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical