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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting based on true story
This is an interesting film that had it been marketed properly might have found its audience. There is so much to the story that director Taylor Hackford had a difficult time choosing which scenes to delete (as every one has him verbally lamenting its loss, for those interested in his commentary), but the run time of the film is still approx. 2 hrs. Though the backdrop...
Published on Oct. 9 2011 by Cheryl

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3.0 out of 5 stars CLASSY MIRREN,
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 in real life). 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...
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting based on true story, Oct. 9 2011
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This review is from: Love Ranch / Le Bordel de l'amour (Bilingual) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This is an interesting film that had it been marketed properly might have found its audience. There is so much to the story that director Taylor Hackford had a difficult time choosing which scenes to delete (as every one has him verbally lamenting its loss, for those interested in his commentary), but the run time of the film is still approx. 2 hrs. Though the backdrop concerns the struggles of a legal Nevada brothel run by a husband and wife business team, much of the film is about character, and how individually, each came to this point. The well-researched story is fascinating, and the film, perfectly cast with great performances. My only complaint (aside from poor marketing) is a narrated ending which rushes to give a lot of information to the conclusion. Overall, little touches to the pacing could have made it smoother. Blu-ray extras include an intro by director and wife/star Helen Mirren, deleted scenes and director commentary.
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3.0 out of 5 stars CLASSY MIRREN,, July 31 2015
This review is from: Love Ranch (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 in real life). 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 considering the topic. Of course Pesci drops the f-bomb like only Pesci can. The movie failed to capture the frequent celebrity appearances at the ranch. Rather 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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1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste, Nov. 25 2010
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The year is 1976, and Grace and Charlie Bontempo operate a legal brothel in Reno. Ever the hustler, Charlie buys an up-and-coming boxer from Argentina whom Grace at first dislikes, but later comes to love.

The movie, based on a true story, is tawdry and unpleasant, loaded with profanity and so tedious it was hard to finish. Helen Mirren looks like she hates being in every scene and her innate dignity doesn't fit the low-life character she plays. As her husband, Joe Pesci is repulsive and hard to watch while Sergio Peris-Mencheta lacked charisma as the boxer.

The whole story seems as dry and pointless as the Reno desert landscape. The movie isn't entertaining, it's just a boring story about unsympathetic losers.
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