Video Release: August 22, 2006
Rating: R (MPAA)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
- Digitally Mastered
- Originally in English
- Released in English
Madame Mona Stangely and her sheriff boyfriend Ed Earl Dodd battle publicity-seeking politicians and the Moral Majority to prevent the closing of the "Chicken Ranch," a notorious Texas whorehouse.
Reynolds is the local sheriff who is more interested in keeping the town's most popular business open than carrying out the letter of the law. Parton is the whorehouse madame who also happens to hold the sheriff's interest. Academy Award Nominations: Best Supporting Actor--Charles Durning.
Universal produced both the stage and the film versions of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." The stage musical opened in New York in April, 1978, and ran until March, 1982, for a total 1584 performances, not counting its return engagement soon after. Estimated budget: $26 million. Filmed in Technicolor and Panavision.