March 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at The Frida Cinema

We asked our Marketing Director Andy Conner what he wanted for his birthday, and he didn’t hesitate – a screening of his favorite film, the raucous 1982 comedy The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas!

Could this movie even be made today??  One of Hollywood’s biggest stars at the time, teamed up with a Country music legend, and consider the plot – Miss Mona (Dolly Parton) runs the Chicken Ranch, a brothel with a long history in a small Texas town.  Despite the goings-on at the Ranch, Mona is respected in the community, and the locals have a good relationship with the institution – especially the town sheriff, Ed Earl Dodd (Burt Reynolds), who has a romantic past with Miss Mona.  But when pious reporter Melvin Thorpe (Dom DeLuise) exposes the brothel, outside interests want it shut down, putting the Governor (Charles Durning, in his Oscar-nominated role) in a tough spot.

From Colin Higgins, legendary writer of Harold and Maude and co-writer and director 9 to 5, comes this box office hit adaptation (the most successful musical of the 1980’s) of the Tony-award winning 1978 Broadway musical, based on the true story of investigative reporter Marvin Zindler, who went after the “Chicken Ranch” brothel in LaGrange, Texas, in 1973.