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|Directed by||Taylor Hackford|
|Written by||Mark Jacobson|
|Music by||Chris P. Bacon|
|Edited by||Paul Hirsch|
The film is based on the lives of Joe and Sally Conforte, a married couple who operated the first legal brothel in the United States, the Mustang Ranch in Storey County, Nevada, Violence results when their marriage is tested by infidelity. The story also alludes to the mysterious circumstances surrounding the assassination of famous Argentinian boxer Ringo Bonavena in the Mustang Ranch.
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Charlie Bontempo (sometimes called Charlie "Goodtimes") and his wife, Grace, run a legal brothel known as the Love Ranch on a large, remote property near Reno, Nevada. Grace's mother had been a madam, so Grace knew the business, but it was Charlie who persuaded her to open a brothel in a part of Nevada where doing so would not be violating the law. The business runs smoothly but is not without its headaches, such as unruly customers needing to be dealt with by a bouncer or prostitutes who get out of line. Grace is amazed when Charlie procures the contract of a professional heavyweight boxer, Armando "Bruza" Bonavena, who is from Argentina and has had fights against the likes of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
Charlie is eager to have a fighter, but coaxes Grace into becoming Bruza's actual manager because Charlie has a felony conviction that prevents him from getting a license. Grace can hardly believe Bruza is willing to live and train at the brothel, where he moves into a trailer. She is surprised even more when Bruza begins to demonstrate a physical interest in her, since she is married and considerably older. She is offended at first, but the boxer's attentions and outgoing personality begin to win her over. Bruza begins to voice an interest in becoming Grace's business partner in running the brothel. Charlie begins to become aware of what's happening behind his back, leading to a disastrous outcome for all.
- Helen Mirren ... Grace Bontempo
- Joe Pesci ... Charlie Bontempo
- Sergio Peris-Mencheta ... Armando Bruza
- Bryan Cranston ... James Pettis
- Gina Gershon ... Irene
- Scout Taylor-Compton ... Christina
- Taryn Manning ... Mallory
- Gil Birmingham ... Sheriff Cortez
- Bai Ling ... Samantha 
- Rick Gomez ... Tom Macy
- Leslie Jordan ... Mr. Hainsworth
- M.C. Gainey ... Warren Stamp
- Elise Neal ... Alana
- Harve Presnell ... Dr. Smathers (in his final film role)
- Wendell Pierce ... Naasih Mohammed
Production and release
Filming began in January 2008.
The film has received mostly negative reviews. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 13% based on 52 reviews, and an average rating of 3.7/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Despite its saucy setup and the always marvelous Helen Mirren, Love Ranch is disappointingly flaccid." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 37 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
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