The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)

114 min.
Plot  Ed Earl (Reynolds), the sheriff of Gilbert, Texas, has a relationship of long standing with Miss Mona (Parton), who runs a brothel there called the "Chicken Coop." Illegal or not, Ed Earl doesn't interfere with her business, which has been a fixture in the town for as long as either can remember.

Lovers on the side, occasionally interrupted by Deputy Fred (Nabors), the sheriff and madam have a pleasant arrangement. Not everyone in town approves of her, but Miss Mona is a public-minded citizen, decent and law-abiding in every respect but her line of work.

A big-city television personality, do-gooder Melvin P. Thorpe (DeLuise), is about to do a segment about the town, so the sheriff travels there to introduce himself to Thorpe, who greets him warmly. He is shocked by Thorpe's live telecast, in which he reveals to a huge audience his discovery that "Texas has a whorehouse in it."

The Chicken Ranch is an institution, where the winning team from the football game ...



Burt Reynolds
Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd
Dolly Parton
Mona Stangley
Charles Durning
The Governor
Mary Jo Catlett
Rita Crowell
Mary Louise Wilson
Miss Modene
Mickey Jones
Paula Shaw
Wulla Jean
Alice Drummond
Governor's secretary


All Titles

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
English Original Title

Release Dates


United States




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