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||IMDB Rating: 5.8/10 from 16 votes
||Release: 20 January 1983 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Comedy, Musical
||Stars: Barry Corbin, Burt Reynolds, Charles Durning, Dolly Parton, Dom DeLuise, Howard K. Smith, Jim Nabors, Ken Magee, Lois Nettleton, Mary Jo Catlett, Mary Louise Wilson, Noah Beery Jr., Raleigh Bond, Robert Mandan, Theresa Merritt
||Synopsis: Founded in 1910 just outside of the city limits of Gilbert located in Lanville County, Texas, the Chicken Ranch has for generations been known as the best whorehouse in Texas for its wholesome fun, strict moral code and cleanliness, all perpetuated by its original owner, Miss Wulla Jean. Seven years ago, Miss Wulla Jean passed on, leaving the Chicken Ranch to her favorite working girl, Miss Mona Stangley, who wants to keep the same traditions of Miss Wulla Jean. The Chicken Ranch has always had the unofficial blessing of the local authorities, who see the ranch providing an important community service, one which most in local authority have used at one time or another in their life. In fact, Miss Mona and Lanville County Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd have been in a relationship for years, Ed Earl who is Miss Mona's protector, albeit one with a hot temper and good ol' boy attitude that doesn't exactly match the needs of his law upholding position. That blessing may change when television ... Written by Huggo
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Sure, the movie shows some skin, but that's not all there is to it, so
let the prospect of that keep you from watching this movie. There's much
more to it than that. Sitting down to watch this film, you're immediately
drawn in by one of the most ambitious parts of the film - the history of
Chicken Ranch, decade by decade, depicted with singing, dancing and huge
productions that last only a moment, all set to the tune of "Twenty Fans"
and narrated by Jim Nabors.
Some people would probably be surprised to find that this movie was
nominated for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical in the 1983 Golden Globe
awards. Dolly Parton was also nominated for a Golden Globe award in the
Actress - Comedy/Musical category, while Charles Durning, in his role of
Texas governor, was nominated (quite rightly) for an Academy Award for Best
Actor In A Supporting Role.
The best thing about the film is the character of Miss Mona, played by
Parton. I read that Barbara Mandrell or Crystal Gayle were also up for the
part, but I can't imagine anyone else playing Miss Mona. You can't help
liking Miss Mona - she's not like any prostitute or madam the 1982
movie-going public had ever seen. She's a ray of sunshine, totally
forthright, honest, optimistic, generous, open-hearted and sweet. She even
contributes heavily to local charities and causes, and one of her lines is
"Well, I always just thought if you see somebody without a smile, give 'em
yours!" As usual in her films, Parton, who is a singer/songwriter, not a
trained actress, holds her own and more. Her entrance, singing "Lil' Ole
Bitty Pissant Country Place" as she slowly walks down the stairs in that
dress, is something else. Throughout the movie, Miss Mona's fiery temper
tender heart provide some of the most authentic moments.
Reynolds plays the character his audience loves best - the smart ass. And
plays it very well. This movie shows him in the character of a sheriff,
which must have been amusing to moviegoers accustomed to seeing him
outrunning sheriffs and state police in his "Smokey & The Bandit" movies.
Earl is a typical Reynolds character - getting most of the funniest lines,
cussing up a storm, getting philosophical in his semi-ignorant way and
defending Miss Mona to the best of his hot-tempered ability.
Dom DeLuise plays the part of Melvin P. Thorpe to perfection, right down to
the corset and the stuffed pants. He is a delight. Perfect comic timing.
"Watchdog Report/Texas Has a Whorehouse in It" is a production number that
is completely right for him.
Jim Nabors is, well, Jim Nabors. I still laugh thinking about the opening
line of the movie, delivered in his "GOL-LEE" tone: "It was the nicest
little whorehouse you ever saw!" Nabors plays Deputy Fred, who also
Also of note is Charles Durning as the governor of Texas, who
perfect as he schmoozes and avoids the facts. It is no surprise to me that
this actor, who has now made over 100 movies, was nominated for a Best
Supporting Actor Oscar for this role. My favorite part of his brief
is the business with his cowboy hat (four or five times he puts his hat on
sideways and then whirls to the side so that it falls correctly onto his
head). His singing and dancing in "The Sidestep" pulls out no stops - you
can't stop watching him. I couldn't help wondering how Steve Martin would
have played this role, but Durning makes it his own.
The movie is, of course, a musical, and it was a musical before it was made
into a movie - so we get lots of musical numbers, including one with the
Aggie football team. If you like musicals, you will like this, because the
songs were clearly written not to be hits, not to be videos, but to be part
of a musical. Mona's Girls and the Aggies are not actors - they're
talented dancers, some of whom can sing.
The Aggies, who are supposed to be the Texas A & M football team, push
scenes to the limit. It does stretch dramatic license a bit when the
football players have most of their clothes off and are dancing around the
locker room - their physiques are clearly not football material - but no
Mona's girls have been chosen to represent many different physical types of
women, and besides their obvious dancing talent, each gets a small solo
or two lines) in one of the movie's final songs, "Hard Candy Christmas" (a
song which sounds as if it was written by Parton but wasn't). This is, to
me, the best song in the movie, and it's a shame that a different version
was used on the soundtrack (in the movie, each girl sings a line or two,
with Parton singing the choruses, but on the soundtrack version, Parton
sings it all). Nothing against Parton, but I enjoyed hearing/seeing all the
different reactions as expressed by their distinct voices as the girls
their uncertain futures.
Parton also contributed two of her own original songs to the movie. "I Will
Always Love You," which she originally wrote and released in 1974, became
this film's love song and went to number one for a second time (of course,
it went to number one again when covered by Whitney Houston in 1992. The
other song that Dolly contributed is "Sneakin' Around" (a "9 to 5"-like
between Parton and Reynolds). According to some information on the WWW, she
also contributed other songs which were not used, including a song which
later re-wrote for "Rhinestone."
Looking back on this film from 18 years in the future, I'm sure that many
people have a low opinion of it, but I think it's a classic. Supposedly
based on a true story, this film invites you in and never lets you go,
keeping you hooked with sharply written dialogue and fast-paced action.
you start watching it, it's impossible to stop - some of the comedy is very
subtle, and each performer seems perfectly cast and enthusiastically
performs her or his role.
There aren't as many serious moments, but they are well-acted. Ed Earl and
Miss Mona have a long-term relationship, spiced with something more
Miss Mona's face after her fight with Ed Earl conveys such weary hurt that
you can't help wanting her to get a break. There's much more to this movie
than Mona's girls. It's about friendship, tradition, honesty, promises and
tolerance as well. Managing to express valid points and make a 1982
sympathize with prostitutes, it also manages to poke fun at
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, Burt Reynolds
, Charles Durning
, Dolly Parton
, Dom DeLuise
, Howard K. Smith
, Jim Nabors
, Ken Magee
, Lois Nettleton
, Mary Jo Catlett
, Mary Louise Wilson
, Noah Beery Jr.
, Raleigh Bond
, Robert Mandan
, Theresa Merritt
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