Love Ranch

January 6th, 2011


Love Ranch

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

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 5.3/10 (1,145 voted)

Critic's Score: 37/100

Director: Taylor Hackford

Stars: Helen Mirren, Joe Pesci, Sergio Peris-Mencheta

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?

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 Trujillo - Hernan Prado

Taglines: When It Comes To Love... Everyone Pays A Price.


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Release Date: 6 January 2011

Filming Locations: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Opening Weekend: $60,353 (USA) (4 July 2010) (11 Screens)

Gross: $134,904 (USA) (25 July 2010)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

The second time that real-life husband and wife Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren have worked together on a movie. The first time was White Nights.

Anachronisms: After Grace kicks Bruza out of her car, she drives to his trailer park where we see a small satellite dish attached to one of the trailers, but mini dishes weren't used by private residences in 1976.

[first lines]
Grace Bontempo: Selling love will make your rich. That's what my mother taught me. Just don't put your heart in it.

User Review

A Movie That Could Have Been 9 or 10 Rating

Rating: 8/10

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.



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