The movie, “Love Ranch” directed by Taylor Hackford, starring Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci, is hosting a free boxing event on Monday February 25 at Tingley Coliseum on the Expo New Mexico grounds. Doors open at 7 am. Come early as seating may be limited..
Step back into the 70s, catch Hollywood’s eye and be part of the filming. Come looking your 70s best. Special prizes will be awarded for best 70s hair, best 70s wardrobe and best 70s car.
The boxing event will consist of three bouts over a 12-hour period starting at 8 am. Willy Villanneva will headline against Lorenzo Estrada, Archie Ray Marquez against Ceacar Velenzula and a final bout with Joe Cruz against Jose Garcia.
“Love Ranch” will be filming a staged boxing match at the same time, with stars Sergio Peris-Mencheta and Bo Brown as they face off in a climatic scene with Joe Pesci and Helen Mirren. Those in attendance will be part of the filming.
Tickets are required, but are complimentary and can be picked up at Carefree Spas, Triple 7 Auto Sales, 93.3 KKOB FM, Zanagara Dodge and On the Matt Fight Shop.
Two motorcycles, two ATVS, a pool table, bicycles, grills, and golf clubs are among the many additional prizes that will be raffled every half hour.
Special refreshments for the first 5000 fans will be served by some of Albuquerque’s best restaurants.
Musical acts and comedy all day long.
Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren received the Oscar for Best Actress in 2006 for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the “The Queen”. Other memorable performances include “Gosford Park” and “The Madness of King George.” Most recently she was seen in the blockbuster “National Treasure: Book of Secrets.”
Mr. Pesci’s credits include “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” for which he won an Academy Award in 1990 for Best-Supporting Actor, “Casino,” “Home Alone,” the 1993 classic comedy “My Cousin Vinny” and three turns as the sleazy but likeable Leo Getz in the action series “Lethal Weapon.”
Academy Award nominated director Taylor Hackford is best known for his critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated “Ray” as well as “La Bamba,” “Proof of Life” and “An Officer and a Gentleman”. He won the Oscar for Best Short Film, in 1979 for “Teenage Father”.
“Love Ranch” is a fictional story that draws on many truths about Nevada’s extremely successful Brothel Industry. Charlie & Grace Bontempo (Joe Pesci & Helen Mirren) are a husband/wife team who own and run one of Nevada’s first legalized brothel ranches. Their lives are irrevocably altered when a world famous heavy weight boxer from South America comes to train at the Ranch.