Love Ranch


Love Ranch

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Despite its saucy setup and the always marvelous Helen Mirren, Love Ranch is disappointingly flaccid.



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"Love Ranch" is a bittersweet love story that turns explosive when the players in a romantic triangle lose control and cross the line. Set in the late-1970s, the film depicts larger than life personalities living on the edge, Grace Bontempo and Charlie Bontempo, the husband and wife team who own and run Nevada's first legalized brothel. Their lives are suddenly altered when Armando Bruza, a husky, world famous heavy weight boxer from South America is brought to the Ranch to train as part of Charlie's ever-expanding entrepreneurial empire. Plans quickly go awry when Bruza comes between Grace and Charlie as an unforeseen love triangle develops that erupts into uncontrollable passion and murder.


Helen Mirren
as Grace Bontempo
Joe Pesci
as Charlie Bontempo
Sergio Peris-Mencheta
as Armando Bruza
Bai Ling
as Samantha
Bryan Cranston
as James Pettis
Rick Gomez
as Tom Macy
M.C. Gainey
as Warren Stamp
Gil Birmingham
as Johnny Cortez
Emily Rios
as Muneca
Raoul Trujillo
as Hernan Prado
Bo Brown
as Leroy Colter
Wendell Pierce
as Naasih Mohammed
Harve Presnell
as Dr. Smathers
Leslie Jordan
as Martin Hainsworth
Dylan Kenin
as McMurphy
Suzanne Michaels
as Stella Sands
Roseanne Vau
as Mary French
Mia Stallard
as Chrissy
Stephen Eiland
as Fat Customer
Mark Sivertsen
as Horny Fan
Chad Brummett
as Drunken Fan
Dale O'Malley
as Second Drunk
Ryil Adamson
as Bellner
Maulik Pancholy
as Dr. Singh
Vic Browder
as Orderly
Rocky Burke
as Fight Referee
Daniel Caplin
as Ring Doctor
Guadalupe Contreras
as Ring Announcer
William E. Marshall
as Colter's Manager
Robert Padilla
as Bruza's Cut Man
Dominic Orlandini
as Sports Reporter
Rio Hackford
as Ranch Bartender
Bob Harvey
as New Years Even John
Jerry Gardner
as Ranch John #1
John Hardman
as Ranch John #2
Luce Rains
as Ranch John #3
Christopher Hagen
as Ranch John #4
Alan Pacheco Dent
as Ranch John #5
Neil Summers
as Drunken John
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  • Feb 14, 2012
    Not one to pick up for Valentine's Day. This is the classic case of good actors going through the motions for a payday. Shame on Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci for working on such a trite script and story. A very forgettable depiction of a legal brothel. Should have been far more interesting.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2011
    I was excited to see this, but it really fell short of my expectations. It was just kind of "ehh" and the sudden falling in love between Grace and Bruza didn't really make sense to me.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2011
    In "Love Ranch," Charlie(Joe Pesci) and Grace(Helen Mirren) are a married couple who a run a brothel together near Reno, Nevada. As besieged as they are by religious elements that seek to shut them down, Charlie disversifies their interests by buying the gambling debts of Armando Bruza(Sergio Peris-Mencheta), a once promising boxer. His idea is for Armando to fight his way back into contention and to challenge Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight crown. The only problem is that Charlie is a convicted felon and hence cannot manage him. So, he puts Grace in charge. As it turns out, she might not have that much time left which she learns from her doctor(Harve Presnell). Unexpectedly the unorthodox pairing of Joe Pesci and Helen Mirren does not create a massive implosion and actually works quite well. He is not that bad of an actor and, despite being acting royalty, she is unpretentious enough to have fun in the role. Sadly, that's about the only thing that truly works in this mess of a movie which may have once sounded like a great idea but could not find the right tone in front of the camera. Maybe it is about seeking respectability in the new west but it is not really about either Charlie or Armando who drive most of the action. Nor do any of the working women stand out in any way. Grace takes center stage but mostly through default as she is a passive, thinly drawn character who only achieves any depth through the massive force of will of Helen Mirren.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2011
    Fair movie. Joe Pesci brings nothing new to his character. It's as if I were watching another actor imitating Joe Pesci in a thug role. The only reason to watch this is for Helen Mirren. Why she took this part is anyone's guess, but even she didn't make this movie interesting...even though she tried.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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