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A drama centered around a married couple who opened the first legal brothel in Nevada.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Armando Bruza
Tom Macy
Warren Stamp
Johnny Cortez
Hernan Prado (as Raoul Trujillo)


In the mid-70s, near Reno, Grace Bontempo runs the Love Ranch, a legal brothel. Her husband Charlie, with big dreams, a felony record, and an aptitude for spending and infidelity, is the brothel's public face. On the day Grace's doctor tells her she has cancer in an advanced state, Charlie takes on new client, Argentine boxer Armando Bruza, Charlie's ticket to fame: he hopes to promote a fight with Ali. Because of Charlie's felonies, Grace is Bruza's titular manager. With the IRS and the church ladies circling the business, Grace takes the manager's role seriously and, along the way, Bruza charms her. Secrets play out: is there love at the Love Ranch? How will Charlie respond? Written by <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, pervasive language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 January 2011 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Havat ha'ahava  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$60,353 (USA) (2 July 2010)


$134,904 (USA) (23 July 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is Joe Pesci's first substantial role in a film since Lethal Weapon 4 (1998). Although Pesci did appear in the 2006 film, "The Good Shepherd (2006)", his role was only a brief cameo. See more »


At the beginning of the film, Charlie and the band are performing to a packed house. The drummer uses a crash cymbal from the very popular Zildjian company, the A Custom. This movie takes place in 1976, and the Zildjian A Custom didn't come out until 1990. See more »


[first lines]
Grace Bontempo: Selling love will make you rich. That's what my mother taught me. Just don't put your heart in it.
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Charlie's Song (Papa's Gonna Shoe)
Performed by Joe Pesci
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OK Movie
13 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie entitled "Love Ranch" is a drama based on The world famous brothel located near Reno called the Mustang ranch. The storyline is a thinly disguised telling of the relationship between the Brothel owner Joe Conforte, His wife and a boxer named Oscar Buenovena. Vicki appeared as an extra in street and casino scenes filmed in downtown Reno.

The film scheduled to be released in theaters on Sept 16th stars Joe Pesci and Helen Mirren and takes place here in Reno and at the ranch east of Reno (Ranch scenes for most part were filmed in Albq, NM).

Last night we attended a special screening of the film prior to its release hosted by the director Taylor Hackford (Ray, Proof of Life and others) The film while not as good as I hoped also was not as bad as some rumors had it. Overall if you get a chance worth seeing . The negatives I saw were considerable license took with the facts of the real story and the music used was terrible. Living in Reno the NM set fell short of the real location but if one not familiar with the territory it will pass. Pesci and Mirrin did a decent job of portraying the conforte couple was good I wasn't quite as impressed with the Boxer

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