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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)

Burt Reynolds , Dolly Parton , Colin Higgins  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton, Dom DeLuise, Charles Durning, Jim Nabors
  • Directors: Colin Higgins
  • Writers: Colin Higgins, Larry L. King, Peter Masterson
  • Producers: Thomas L. Miller, Edward K. Milkis, Robert L. Boyett
  • Format: Widescreen, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000714BR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,767 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas documents in rousing song and dance a new Texas Legend, which now joins the Alamo as an historical institution immortalized in story, song, book, play and movie. The demise of the real-life Chicken Ranch inspired the musical stage play, and now the big screen version stars Burt Reynolds as Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd and Dolly Parton as the Chicken Ranch's proprietress, Miss Mona. The two join together not only in romance, but to fight big city TV crusader Melvin P. Thorpe (Dom DeLuise) in his efforts to expose the Chicken Ranch to public scandal, and thus close it down.

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    29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Makes an excellent social commentary November 29, 2003
    This movie is incredibly entertaining from beginning to end and goes through a wide range of emotions and human trials and tribulations - humor & sadness, triumph and failure, loyalty and hypocrisy, etc.
    I think that most people watching this movie miss, what is to me, the most important point of the entire movie.
    You have a small town with a whorehouse that has been in existence for over 100 years. The people in the town have no problem whatsoever with the whorehouse. In fact, many of residents talk about why they support it.
    It's the people elsewhere that have a problem with the whorehouse. It's something that they don't condone and they want to force their beliefs on the people in the town, disregarding completely how the people in the town itself feel.
    It's a problem that exists in America and is one that I personally think is brought to light in this cleverly written musical. People are busy worrying about what their neighbors are doing rather than focusing on their own lives. Most of it comes from religious wackos like the one portrayed by Dom Deluise.
    The serious commentary is cleverly hidden within the dancing, singing and action, but it's still there. Taking this into consideration adds a new dimension to the film and the viewing experience.
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    27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Little DVD One Could Wish For! January 8, 2003
    By Kyle
    I have been waiting for The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas to be released on DVD for a few years now and finally it has arrived! It sure was worth the wait! The picture transfer is fantastic. Great clear images and a remastered soundtrack. The widescreen opens the picture up and gives audiences glimpses of things that were never able to be seen on the video. But the most exciting part of the DVD are the great bonus features: a short behind the scenes documentry (featuring interviews with Parton, Reynolds, Higgins and even Edna Milton, whom the character of Mona is based upon), outakes (hilarious bloopers from the set), and the original theatrical trailer (using an original song sung by Dolly about the premise of the movie). I only wish that Burt Reynolds deleted musical number had been included but I guess we can't have everything! I consider this DVD a MUST HAVE for any of the following people: Theater lovers, Dolly fans, Texans, Whores.... EVERYONE! Do yourself a favor and buy, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas... Its a howling good time!
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Country Comedy -- a speed lesson on perspective March 2, 2005
    Miss Mona (Dolly Parton) runs a whorehouse that has served generations of Texans. Yes, viewers, Texas has a whorehouse in it! A narcissistic TV news watchdog (Dom DeLuise) executes an expose that everyone in the county already knows about. The Sheriff (Burt Reynolds) loves Miss Mona, and tries to save the whorehouse. The Governor of Texas (Charles Durning) dances the two-step around the whole affair.

    Great Broadway songs. Great Cast. A couple of new songs added by Dolly Parton. Funny situations and plenty of parody. Adult humor and fun.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Dolly never lets you down! April 22, 2006
    Basically, for me, Dolly Parton was the best part of watching this movie. Of course, she's wearing her cleavage-baring dresses and big hair. She and Burt Reynolds have a great, "Love 'em, hate 'em" relationship, and they can scream at eachother really well. The songs are catchy enough to where you flip around for the songs just to watch them over and over again. At any rate, not the best movie, but Dolly makes it GRRREAT!
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars NOTHING DIRTY GOIN' ON AT THIS CHICKEN RANCH! March 4, 2003
    By Nix Pix
    This movie is based on real life characters and a real life conflict that came from a television reporter exposing Texas' oldest bordello. Having said that, this movie is pure fiction in its handling of both its subject matter and characterizations. Nevertheless it's an endurable piece of lighthearted fiction. There's lots of music, fun and a tad hint of nudity that makes the whole affair naughty but nice. It's amazing how one can actually feel sorry for a bunch of whores forced to vacate their old haunt for some new digs. Universal has done a very nice job on the transfer. The film's elements are remarkably clean. There is no aliasing, shimmering or color and contrast separation to speak of. Images are sometimes soft but only briefly. For the most part the overall image is one of vibrant, sharp clarity, very uncharacteristic of most 80's movies that have been transfered to DVD. The soundtrack too is appealing. Though it doesn't hold up to today's technologies, the songs are well represented with a nice bass and power that comes across with great integration. Extras include a making of featurette that's pretty succint and interesting, some hilarious outtakes in which the cast lets loose with the four letter words and a darling little trailer that features a song not included in the film, Dolly Parton singing "Down at the Chick-chick-Chicken Ranch". After a couple of hours of homespun, sexy good fun like this, you'll have a strong desire to go for a ride in the country. No puns intended.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprise from my past.. May 14, 2007
    I ordered this for my wife, but I knew of it as a kid. I was surprised how entertaining it ended up being. Burt and Dolly really have a chemistry, and for a real church-going country girl, she seems to have an open mind for taking such a risque role. Moments that harken to "true" women's rights, the safety of a whorehouse opposed to the street walker/pimp scenario, even a quip on how un Christian most Christians are. (When Burt is asked why more people are not forgiving like God is, he replies,"Well, I guess most people aren't very God-like." So damned true. I dig this film.
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