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

Director:

Taylor Hackford

Writer:

Mark Jacobson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Grace Bontempo
Joe Pesci ... Charlie Bontempo
Sergio Peris-Mencheta ... Armando Bruza
Gina Gershon ... Irene
Taryn Manning ... Mallory
Scout Taylor-Compton ... Christina
Bai Ling ... Samantha
Elise Neal ... Alana
Bryan Cranston ... James Pettis
Rick Gomez ... Tom Macy
M.C. Gainey ... Warren Stamp
Gil Birmingham ... Johnny Cortez
Emily Rios ... Muneca
Melora Walters ... Janelle
Raoul Max Trujillo ... Hernan Prado (as Raoul Trujillo)
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Storyline

In the mid 1970s, near Reno, Nevada, Grace Bontempo (Dame Helen Mirren) runs the Love Ranch, a legal brothel. Her husband Charlie (Joe Pesci), 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 (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), 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 I.R.S. 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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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She Found Love In The Most Unexpected Of Places. See more »


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

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The second time that real-life husband and wife Taylor Hackford and Dame Helen Mirren have worked together on a movie. The first time was White Nights (1985). See more »

Goofs

The Pontiac Firebird that Armando drives is a model that was not released until 1979. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References The Great White Hope (1970) See more »

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Midnight Special
Traditional
Arranged by Wilma Lee Cooper
Performed by Kentucky Headhunters (as The Kentucky Headhunters)
Courtesy of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC d/b/a Tree Productions
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A Movie That Could Have Been 9 or 10 Rating
14 November 2010 | by Morpheus911See all my reviews

I guess I cannot agree with the ratings here on IMDb every time.

For example I just saw Scott Pilgrim vs. the World rated 8.0 then I seen this movie, Love Ranch only 5.3 -- and while the general public still seems to be in love with the youthful glee based in symbolic fantastic fake X-box gaming TRONlike facade of Scott Pilgrim, they seem to rank an incredible life scenario reality based movie, Love Ranch which is based on a couple in their sixties based on a true story, as it were borderline doggy do. Once again, I guess most movie goers would rather not handle the truth.

I must admit, when I was watching Love Ranch, I was reminded of the movie Papillon, in which they tried to fit a two week read into a two hour movie. I thought I was watching the same kind of movie making from a book being made into 2 hour script reducing it to bits and pieces of condensed scenes. But I guess it was merely a rushed screenplay and not a condensed book when I read about it on IMDb. I suppose part of the problem could have been the spontaneous direction in the seemingly rushed storyline.

Other than that I would give this movie with better editing and direction of script a 9 or 10 rating because the intense reality and grip of the characters like between Helen and the boxer. This was incredibly well done... may sometimes been kind of unbelievable, but in the end their impeccable acting crafts both pulled together a gripping story.

I think without a doubt it could and should have been handled better through production, but the movie itself is infinitely more meaningful than a teeny love triangular crap as in the movie I spoke of earlier.

All in all a great movie that needed to be nurtured a lot more to be made into a fantastic movie.

GT


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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 2011 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,220, 4 July 2010

Gross USA:

$137,885

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$146,149
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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1.85 : 1
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