Joyful Noise - OUT FRIDAY - Dolly Parton through the years

June 25 2012

The small town of Pacashau, Georgia, has fallen on hard times, but the people are counting on the Divinity Church Choir to lift their spirits by winning the National Joyful Noise Competition.  The choir has always known how to sing in harmony, but the discord between its two leading ladies now threatens to tear them apart.  Their newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill (Latifah), stubbornly wants to stick with their tried-and-true traditional style, while the fiery G.G. Sparrow (Parton) thinks tried-and-true translates to tired-and-old.

26 number ones in the Billboard chart and 174 million records sold worldwide have made Dolly Parton a household name for the young and the old. Over 40 years 9-5 has not only seen Dolly become a Country legend but a film star to boot.

To celebrate the release of Joyful Noise, in cinemas 29th June, we are going to taking a look back at Dolly’s best turns on the silver screen...

9-5 - 1980

Her most famous role and song came in Dolly’s debut screen outing 9-5.  Dolly burst onto the screen as Doralee Rhodes, a secretary who has had enough of her sexist pig of a boss. With the help of two other disgruntled female employees Rhodes manages to trap and tie up Mr. Hart in his own house. With the department now being run by this daring trio business booms, but can it last forever? A comedy classic that spawned a hit musical and still has audiences in stitches, 9-5 to five is a must see for any Dolly fan.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas - 1982

When Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton come together you know you are in for some fun. Dolly stars as Mona Stangley the proprietor of the Chicken Ranch, a whorehouse with strict moral codes and wholesome fun for all. When the Chicken Ranch comes under threat from a TV preacher Mona enlists the help of county sheriff Ed Earl Dodd (Reynolds) with hilarious consequences. The tagline reads “With Burt and Dolly this much fun just couldn’t be legal!’ and I couldn’t put it better myself.

Rhinestone - 1984

Utilizing her prowess as a country singer Dolly next role was Jake, an aspiring country singer from Tennessee who needs to get out of her awful contract for a sleazy club owner in New York. To get out Jake proposes a bet that she can teach anyone to sing, that anyone turns out to be New York cabbie Nick (Sylvester Stallone). With a tough task ahead Jake takes Nick back to Tennessee and gets to work, but is there a voice behind his New York ego or is this a bet Jakes destined to lose? With laughs aplenty and some classic musical numbers Rhinestone will have you singing along in no time.

Steel Magnolias - 1989

Truvy (Dolly Parton) runs Truvy's Beauty Parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana. Steel Magnolias is the story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together there. Parton shines as Truvy and brings her own brand of performance to a brilliant ensemble cast including Sally Fields (Mrs. Doubtfire) and Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman). With weddings, widows and some fiery tempers these "Steel Magnolias" make us laugh and cry as the realities of their lives in tiny Chiquapin Parish unfolds.

Joyful Noise - 2012

Dolly is back on our screens in fine form with this years feel-good musical Joyful Noise. Playing the no nonsense G.G. looking to inject a bit of modern flare into the traditional parish choir. However this is an uphill struggle against the tradition minded choir director Vi Rose Hill (Queen Latifah). With a competition to win and hearts to win over Dolly pulls out all the stops and gives a brilliant performance as only she can. The musical to look out for this summer.

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