The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

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"With Burt and Dolly, this much fun just couldn't be legal!"
  • R
  • 1982
  • 1 hr 54 min
  • 6.0  (13,396)
  • 40

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a 1982 American musical comedy movie that showcases the story of a famous brothel located near the small town of Gilbert, Texas. The movie features a cast of renowned actors, including Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton, and Dom DeLuise. The movie is based on a real-life story that happened in Texas in the early 1970s.

The movie captures the charming and colorful life within the Chicken Ranch brothel, the oldest establishment of its kind situated in Texas. The proprietor of the brothel, Miss Mona (Dolly Parton), and the sheriff, Ed Earl Dodd (Burt Reynolds), are in a secret romantic relationship. They both have a deep respect for each other but struggle with the demands of their roles.

The brothel operates like a well-run business, with Miss Mona taking a personal interest in each girl who works for her. The brothel is known for its discretion, and the working girls are all provided with clean, luxurious rooms and access to healthcare. The working girls even have access to a doctor who comes to the brothel to offer them free medical services.

However, the chicken ranch soon faces opposition from a TV reporter named Melvin P. Thorpe (Dom DeLuise). He makes it his mission to close down the brothel, claiming it is a den of iniquity and immorality. He knows his expose will make him famous, and he goes to the small town to broadcast the news of the brothel's existence.

Melvin P. Thorpe's irrefutable evidence of the brothel's existence and its activities soon causes public outrage. The government attempts to close down the brothel, but the local Gilbert citizens show their support for Miss Mona and her brothel. The girls of the brothel open their hearts, and the townspeople successfully rally around them, which eventually leads to a court battle.

The movie celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and questions the morality of public shaming. It is a delightful, funny and enjoyable musical movie with excellent performances from Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton, and Dom DeLuise.

The soundtracks of the movie are catchy, and the musical numbers are vibrant, energetic and entertaining. Dolly Parton wows with her striking vocal range and engaging performances. Her hit single, 'I Will Always Love You,' which she wrote and sings in the movie became a smash hit worldwide.

Burt Reynolds's portrayal of the sheriff, Ed Earl Dodd is charming, and his love relationship with Miss Mona is sweet and genuine. Dom DeLuise's character, Melvin P. Thorpe, is a first-rate villain with his loud-mouthed and brash persona. The supporting characters in the movie are all equally remarkable, adding their unique flavor to the story.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas won over audiences with its amusing storylines, enjoyable musical numbers, and a refreshing take on the brothel business. Although it had its share of criticisms, it has remained a classic and continues to enjoy a cult following.

In conclusion, if you like musical comedies, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a must-watch. With a brilliant cast, catchy music, and outstanding performances, it is an entertaining movie that will leave you feeling giddy and tapping your feet to the beat.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a 1982 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 54 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.0 and a MetaScore of 40.

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