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JL Ranch (2016)

Not Rated | | Family, Western | 21 August 2016 (USA)
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A veteran rancher and former Sheriff is forced to face some federal bureaucracy when an old enemy-cum-millionaire alleges he doesn't actually own his beloved family ranch in a small Texas town.

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Steven Paul (story), Harley Peyton | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Voight ... John
Teri Polo ... Rebecca
James Caan ... Tap
Melanie Griffith ... Laura Lee
Steven Bauer ... Hector
Abby Brammell ... Regan
Grant Bowler ... Sheriff Whitlock
Nathan Keyes ... Terrence
Trevor Donovan ... Brady
Lee Purcell ... Mabel Ritter
Skyler Shaye ... Lynn
Samuel Mason Paul ... Devin
Ethan Boling ... Tyler
Carter Hadley ... Hayden
Cory Scott Allen ... McCarthy
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A veteran rancher and former Sheriff is forced to face some federal bureaucracy when an old enemy-cum-millionaire alleges he doesn't actually own his beloved family ranch in a small Texas town.

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Family | Western

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Not Rated
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USA

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English

Release Date:

21 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

JL Family Ranch See more »

Filming Locations:

La Grange, Kentucky, USA See more »

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Crystal Sky Pictures See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Melanie Griffith and Steven Bauer were married and have a son. See more »

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This isn't a movie...
12 April 2018 | by matthewmercySee all my reviews

Don't go near this. The UK release is actually a re-branding of a US TV movie called JL Family Ranch which appears to have been the pilot film for a proposed show that never went anywhere. It sets up lots of conventional, boringly-done threads of family drama (feuds, money worries, mother-daughter disputes, problems with alcoholism and gambling etc), which go almost nowhere because the whole thing is over in an hour and a half, all left unresolved pending the follow-up series that never came. Even the central plot about property ownership fraud isn't closed off properly.

What this is definitely not is what it has been promoted as in non-US markets; the UK DVD artwork (featuring a rifle-toting Jon Voight standing amongst squad cars and armed police officers) and replacement title of Texas Blood peg it as some kind of mash-up of Lonely Are the Brave, First Blood, and Harry Brown, with an old-time cowboy resorting to violent resistance in the face of persecution by his enemies and corrupt authorities. Just so you know - there are two gunshots in the whole thing, when fatherly rancher Voight scares some wolves off his land at the very start. The rest is tedious, uninvolving talk, with Teri Polo pulling emotive faces, a plastic-surgery ravaged Melanie Griffith unrecognisable (if not for her name in the credits I wouldn't have known it was her), and an ancient James Caan looking like he was going to bust every blood vessel in his head at any second.

As a lead-in for a TV series it is lacking, and you can see why the show didn't get picked up. As a movie...well, this isn't a movie. The earlier reviewer called 'BaronessFC-209-7408351' is having an absolute laugh raving so much about this thing; one can only assume they are related to / friends with those who made it, or else have some financial interest in it themselves.


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