WITH BURT AND DOLLY THIS MUCH FUN JUST COULDN’T BE LEGAL!
Mona Stangley’s (Dolly Parton) popular and venerable Texas whorehouse is targeted by a flamboyant, moralistic TV personality (Dom DeLuise)… who also finds an enemy in the local sheriff (Burt Reynolds). The man who brought us 9 to 5 (1980) reunited with Parton for this adaptation of a Broadway hit and it’s a movie you want to love; the musical numbers are engaging and fun and the cast is charming (including Charles Durning who belts out a terrific satirical song). Not much of a story though and the concept is too silly to be believed.
1982-U.S. 114 min. Color. Directed by Colin Higgins. Play: Larry L. King, Peter Masterson (book), Carol Hall (songs). Song: “I Will Always Love You” (Dolly Parton). Cast: Burt Reynolds (Ed Earl Dodd), Dolly Parton (Mona Stangley), Dom DeLuise (Melvin P. Thorpe), Charles Durning, Jim Nabors, Robert Mandan.
Trivia: Willie Nelson was allegedly considered for the part of Ed Earl.