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July 14

35 years and that Dolly Parton “Whore Movie” that Seduced those Awards

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Make no mistake; Dolly Parton is one of the God-send angels in this world but she admits that she is no saint as she faced the back-then controversies about the movie, ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” in 1982.

Dolly Parton in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton did not only wow the people with her ability to spit country notes and smith country verses but she’s also a big screen gem. After catapulting her career as a movie star in 1980’s “9 to 5,” she was set to play ‘Miss Mona’ in ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ a film adaptation of a 1978 Broadway play of the same name.

If you’ll imagine the 80’s and how conservative people are, the word “whore” poised a very negative cliché when it comes to women and those who chose this kind of taboo as their profession. Some theatres even rebrand the movie title to “The Best Little Cathouse in Texas” or “The Best Little Chicken House in Texas” after other countries think that the movie is obscene. In a small Texas Town, Dolly’s Mona Stangley was the brothel runner of what they called “Chicken Ranch” while juggling her relationship with Burt Reynolds aka the local hot Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd.

Way back then, a lot of fans were divided whether the country icon is taking the right direction when it comes to her acting career. Several hurdles were met with Dolly Parton originally recording four songs in the movie but ended up remastering “I Will Always Love” only. Apparently, Parton herself shares the same sentiment as she compares 9 to 5 to the process of filming the “Whorehouse” movie:

“It was as if Nine to Five had been my first lover,” she wrote, “sweetly seductive before, and gentle and caring during our lovemaking. Whorehouse, then, was a rapist.”

Yes this 2017, Dolly seemed to be celebrating this movie as a milestone and took to twitter to share the movies’ 35th birthday with an adorable throwback photo of her and Burt Reynolds:

“Sheriff Ed Earl and Miss Mona on the set of ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ which premiered 35 years ago today!!!!”

Ultimately, many have been proven wrong as Dolly Parton ‘Whorehouse’ movie scored notable nominations such as the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Durning playing the Texas governor while successfully bringing home two Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture for Comedy or Musical and Parton as Best Actress in a Motion Picture for Comedy or Musical.

Film Reboot, Future Plans

In February 2010, Universal Pictures expressed future plans of a reboot for the “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” Variety reported that producers plan to give a modern retelling of the Chicken Ranch brothel but gave a prelude that musical numbers might not include the original track of both the Broadway show and the Dolly Parton film.

Watch the trailer below of the original film below:

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