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Love Ranch (2010)

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

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Taylor Hackford

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Mark Jacobson
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Cast

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-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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Germany

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The exteriors were built outside of tiny San Ysidro, New Mexico, population 180. Expansive Indian reservations stretch to the horizon in all four directions. 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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References The Queen (2006) See more »

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634-5789
Written by Steve Cropper & Eddie Floyd
Performed by Wilson Pickett
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By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Postcards from Reno .............
11 September 2013 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

The thing that stands out immediately in "Love Ranch" is not the girls, not the 1970s clothes, but the amazing photography. Almost every outdoor scene could be the vista for a postcard. The story itself seems to drag in places, and then suddenly rush to a conclusion, with narration to tidy up the ending. The acting by Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci is terrific as expected, and a small scene with Harve Presnell a pleasant surprise. What is not a surprise is the tale of the Mustang Ranch on which the movie is based. It's tough to overcome the familiarity of a story often aired on cable over the last two decades. - MERK


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