‘J.L. Family Ranch’: Hallmark’s Cowboy Western Movie Reflects Simple Rural Life, Stars Melanie Griffith, Jon Voight, And James Caan

J.L. Family Ranch, also known as JL Ranch, is an original new movie that will premiere on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel this weekend.

J.L. Family Ranch follows a veteran rancher who fights to keep his land against corrupt officials and a bitter neighbor with a longstanding grudge. The Hallmark movie was directed by Charles Robert Carner and written by Charles Robert Carner, Harley Peyton, and Jon Young. It stars Jon Voight as John Landsburg, Teri Polo as Rebecca Landsburg, James Caan as Tap, Melanie Griffith as Laura Lee, Steven Bauer as Hector, Abby Brammell as Regan, and Grant Bowler as Sheriff Whitlock, according to the listing at IMDb.

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Synopsis: J.L. Family Ranch (JL Ranch) Movie On HMC

John Landsburg is the owner of a Texas property named Landsburg Ranch. The property has been in his family for generations, and John is glad to be able to pass the property down to his children. However, someone in town wants to make that impossible. That someone is Tap Peterson, John’s neighbor and enemy, who claims that Landsburg Ranch was stolen from his family, and he wants it back. However, Tap has no intention of getting it back the legal way. Instead, the conniving schemer forges documents to make it look as if the property is rightfully his.

When officials come to John Landsburg’s home to take his land, the old rancher doesn’t back down. After all, he has been on the land all of his life and is not about to give in to corrupt officials. Landsburg, who was once the sheriff of the town, knows that the ranch belongs to him and his family, and he sets out to prove it with the help of his dedicated daughter, Rebecca. Together, they’ll get to the root of the bitter feud and sort out what may have happened to cause the mix-up.

J.L. Family Ranch: Cast Bios, According To Hallmark Movies And Mysteries

Actor Jon Voight

“Jon Voight is a Golden Globe winning actor who can be seen on the critically acclaimed Showtime series ‘Ray Donovan’ as ‘Mickey Donovan.’ He has won one Academy Award, out of four nominations, and four Golden Globe Awards, out of ten nominations. Jon is known for his roles in ‘Transformers,’ ‘National Treasure,’ ‘Mission: Impossible,’ ‘Midnight Cowboy,’ ‘Deliverance’ and ‘The Champ.'”

Actor James Caan

“James Edmund Caan is an American actor. After early roles in films such as El Dorado, Caan came into prominence in the 1970s with significant roles in films such as Brian’s Song, The Godfather, The Gambler, Rollerball, and A Bridge Too Far. For his role in The Godfather, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.”

With so many movies featuring modern-day life and its expensive electronic devices, JL Ranch is a wholesome family movie that gets back to the basics and gives an inside glimpse of a simpler life, where family values, such as love, honor, respect, dignity, and loyalty, are important, along with hard work and family pride.

That’s why the actors enjoyed working on J.L. Family Ranch. In an “On Location” interview with Hallmark Channel, Jon Voight stated that he has spent a lot of time with cowboys and that he is familiar with their work ethic and strong character.

Ranchers and their families love their way of life, and they wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world. That is the type of attitude reflected in John’s character as the patriarch of the family.

JL Ranch, aka J.L. Family Ranch, is produced by Crystal Sky Pictures and executive produced by R. Michael Givens. Filming for the movie took place in La Grange, Kentucky.

According to the Star Tribune, fans can watch J.L. Family Ranch this Sunday, August 21 at 9/8 p.m. Central on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. Take a look at two past HMC movies: Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Impossible Dream and Sandra Brown’s White Hot.

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