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Love Ranch [Blu-ray] (2010)

Helen Mirren , Joe Pesci , Taylor Hackford  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Helen Mirren, Joe Pesci, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Gina Gershon, Taryn Manning
  • Directors: Taylor Hackford
  • Writers: Mark Jacobson
  • Producers: Anne Johns, David Bergstein, Frederick R. Ulrich, Jeff G. Waxman, Lisa Dennis Kennedy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English (DTS-HD 5.1)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: National Ent Media
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003XTUAK0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,006 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Love Ranch [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio commentary with Director Taylor Hackford.
  • Introduction by Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren.
  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary.
  • Interactive deleted scenes mode.

  • Editorial Reviews

    Inspired by an incredible true story… As proprietors of Nevada’s first legalized brothel, Grace (Helen Mirren) and Charlie Bontempo (Joe Pesci) aren’t your typical married couple. When Grace falls for Bruza (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), a heavyweight boxer contracted to Charlie, passions erupt, leading to murderous consequences.

    BONUS FEATURES:
    Audio commentary with Helen Mirren and director Taylor Hackford, Deleted scenes.


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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    More like "Raging Bull" (boxing) and the F-word (Joe Pesci) than about a brothel. And the first half looks like a B-movie

    I'm a HUGE Helen Mirren fan, and I loved the DVD version of Director Taylor Hackford's film "Ray", so I was anxious to see this film, directed by Hackford and starring Mirren (his wife). Before watching the film, I clicked on the "bonus features" and watched the six-minute "Introduction" by Hackford and Mirren. It looks like it was filmed in their living room with home video camera. Hackford was doing most of the talking and Mirren looked like they had just woken her up. Not a good start.

    Then I played the film. It is based on the life of Reno's famed Mustang Ranch brothel in the 1970s and owner Joe Conforte and his wife. The "R" rating appears at the beginning and the explanation is "sexual situations and strong violence". Hmmm...... a film about a whore house with no nudity? Strange. Well, as another reviewer pointed out, for the first 45 minutes of the film, it looks like Mirren is sleepwalking through her role, and the hairdo she wears looks like a cheap wig (it isn't). Co-star Joe Pesci reprises his standard "Good Fellas" persona with the F-word being more than half of his dialogue (I'd love to have seen his dialogue portion of the script.). But after that 30-40 minutes, things change and we get real acting from Mirren. You'll know when that starts because she loses the curly hair and for the rest of the film its her standard straight hairstyle. (Was this symbolism that Hackford was giving us?).

    Anyway, if you looked at the cover art, you'd never know that this is a film about boxing, yet a good portion takes place in the ring with Hackford trying to make the fight scenes look like "Raging Bull" - though in color!
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    7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars CLASSY MIRREN November 1, 2010
    Format:DVD
    Joe Pesci is typed cast as a New Jersey thug. He plays the co-owner of the Love Ranch (Mustang Ranch) Charlie Bontempo (Joe Conforte). His co-owner wife, Grace (Sally Burgess) is played by the classy Helen Mirren. They had owned illegal brothels, which appears to have been easier than the headaches associated with legal ones and having to deal with "25 psychotics," as Grace puts it. The movie captured the bikini clad girls of the era. There is brief nudity and sexual situations as one would expect from such a movie, but it is minimal. Pesci drops the f-bomb like only Pesci can. The movie failed to capture the frequent celebrity appearances at the ranch. It focuses on the year 1976. Grace finds out she has cancer and maybe six months to live. She tries to tell Charlie, who is too busy with the talent. Charlie gets an idea for Argentinian boxer Bruza (Oscar Bonavena) to train at the ranch to attract clients. While at the ranch Bruza and Grace have an affair. The movie is based on a true story and did a fair job in following it. The closing dialogue of the movie implies that the ranch's tax problems came shortly after the shooting of Bruza in 1976. That is not true. It wasn't until 1990 that the IRS took over the Ranch and Joe Conforte fled to Brazil. The Mustang II ranch shown at the end of the movie was erected in 1982.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Unique and Captivating LOVE STORY February 28, 2011
    Format:DVD
    I REALLY love the movie. Maybe its because I'm about the same age as Helen Mirren appears to be in the film but I was captivated by the entire story - in particular after the Boxer professed his interest in her. I think that the stark contrast between the hard world of prostitution compared to the abandon to the passion of the moment and the truly tender romance between the two lovers, both of them hardened and deeply injured by life, made for great drama and tragedy. Their wild abandon to share a few moments of true nurturing and caring sent a wonderfully simple message - love while you can. Yes, there were some corny scenes, and some raw comedy but I truly loved this movie - I cried at the end - and I will watch it again and own it soon. And readers, I repeat, if you know an older baby boomer woman looking for a fantasy cinema fling - this is definitely a Baby Boomer Romeo and Juliet flick with a unique love story based on a true story.
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    9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    LOVE STORY is a peculiar movie. It is based on the true story of the notorious Mustang Ranch just outside of Reno, Nevada, a brothel that was world famous run by a couple by the name of Joe and Sally Conforte who had chutzpah and an ongoing run-in with the IRS and the law in bringing in boxer Oscar Buenovena as an addendum to their game of wealth. The facts of the brothel's existence are true as are the characters portrayed in the film, but a considerable amount of artistic license as to dates and chronology of event were taken by writer Mark Jacobson. The result is a strange conglomeration of a story, boring as roadkill during the first half but awakening into a rather tender melodrama in the second half. And it is worth the wait. Taylor Hackford directs his wife Helen Mirren, and as we have come to expect, anytime Mirren is in a film there is at least a modicum of fine acting.

    The Confortes become the Bontempos for LOVE RANCH (aka Mustang Ranch of history) and Joe Pesci as Charlie Bontempo is an ex-con with a potty mouth who married Grace (Helen Mirren) 20 some years ago, and together they have built the world's largest brothel - the first legal one in Nevada. Grace at first is cheap and tacky, walking with a cane and constantly reminding Charlie of her importance: her character changes a it when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer by her doctor (Broadway singing star Harve Presnell in a tiny and last role; he died in 2009) . Charlie beds all the women who work at Love Ranch and Grace is aware of it.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars I think Helen Mirren is a great actress but the amount of profanity in...
    I think Helen Mirren is a great actress but the amount of profanity in this movie from Joe Pesci really turned me off. I did not finish watching the movie.
    Published 1 month ago by C. Johnston
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Great performance.
    Published 2 months ago by Gary Rosado
    1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
    not worth the effort
    Published 2 months ago by William N. Scott
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Good movie.Jack
    Published 3 months ago by jack
    3.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - (...) - @tss5078
    Love Ranch is a fictionalized bio-pic, loosely based on the true story of Joe & Sally Conforte. The Conforte's were the first people to open a legalized brothel in the state of... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Todd Smith
    3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Pesci, Decent Movie
    I like pretty much anything with Joe Pesci in it. This is nothing like Casino or Goodfellas, but a decent movie. Nowhere near a classic.
    Published 8 months ago by DL
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
    New Mexico plays a perfect Reno NV and this film was very well done for the subject matter. Very tasteful yet edgy film. Helen Mirren is a treasure. Joe Pesci is amazing. Read more
    Published 14 months ago by JB
    4.0 out of 5 stars WE KNEW JOE CONFORTE AS A MAN WHO CARED FOR THE POOR ON HOLIDAYS
    WE LIVE IN RENO AND KNEW JOE CONFORTE. WHEN HE CAME TO THE CASINOS
    TO PLAY HE TIPPED WELL. AND EVERY HOLIDAY HE AND HIS WIFE HELPED
    WITH FEEDING THE POOR.
    Published 15 months ago by jan
    4.0 out of 5 stars Helen Mirren at her best.
    An excellent and very human story. All the acting was very good, but Helen Mirren was brilliant. I bought it after seeing it on a video streaming site. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by Captain Jack
    5.0 out of 5 stars penny white
    I loved the way Taylor Hackford nails sexy, sleazy, seventies Nevada vice. Helen Mirren's portrayal of jaded Grace is worth at least three veiwings just to see this kind if woman... Read more
    Published 18 months ago by penny
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