7.0/10
84,711
223 user 149 critic

A Good Year (2006)

Trailer
0:14 | Trailer
A British investment broker inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writers:

Marc Klein (screenplay), Peter Mayle (novel)
Reviews
Popularity
3,014 ( 321)
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Craig Bierko
Robin Hood (2010)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In twelfth century England, Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Matthew Macfadyen
Proof of Life (2000)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Alice hires a professional negotiator to obtain the release of her engineer husband, who has been kidnapped by anti-government guerrillas in South America.

Director: Taylor Hackford
Stars: Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, David Morse
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A phobic con artist and his protégé are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the former's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Alison Lohman, Sam Rockwell
Body of Lies (2008)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear intentions of his American supervisors and Jordan Intelligence.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas and the effect this has on the indigenous people.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.

Director: Audrey Wells
Stars: Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, Sandra Oh
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the Crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson
State of Play (2009)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When a congressional aide is killed, a Washington, D.C. journalist starts investigating the case involving the Representative, his old college friend.

Director: Kevin Macdonald
Stars: Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.

Director: Peter Weir
Stars: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Pulitzer-winning writer grapples with being a widower and father after a mental breakdown, while, 27 years later, his grown daughter struggles to forge connections of her own.

Director: Gabriele Muccino
Stars: Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Highmore ... Young Max
Albert Finney ... Uncle Henry
Russell Crowe ... Max Skinner
Rafe Spall ... Kenny
Archie Panjabi ... Gemma
Richard Coyle ... Amis
Ben Righton Ben Righton ... Trader #1
Patrick Kennedy ... Trader #2
Ali Rhodes Ali Rhodes ... 20-Something Beauty
Daniel Mays ... Bert the Doorman
Nila Aalia ... Newscaster #1
Stephen Hudson Stephen Hudson ... Newscaster #2
Giannina Facio ... Maitre D'
Tom Hollander ... Charlie Willis
Lionel Briand Lionel Briand ... Rental Car Employee
Edit

Storyline

After years of no contact with his Uncle Henry, London banker and bond trader Max Skinner learns that Henry has died intestate, so Max inherits a château and vineyard in Provence. Max spent part of his childhood there, learning maxims and how to win and lose, and honing his killer instinct (at chess, which serves him well in finance). Max goes to France intent on selling the property. He spends a few days there, getting the property ready to show. Memories, a beautiful woman, and a young American who says she's Henry's illegitimate daughter interrupt his plans. Did Max the boy know things that Max the man has forgotten? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Sometimes it takes a change of scenery to have a change of heart. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | French | Russian

Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Good Year See more »

Filming Locations:

Cucuron, Vaucluse, France See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,721,526, 12 November 2006

Gross USA:

$7,459,300

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,269,923
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The American customer in the restaurant is not asking for pickles when she cries out, "Gerkin!" She is trying (unsuccessfully) to say the French word for waiter (garçon), which is more correctly pronounced "Gar-SON." See more »

Goofs

TV anchors say "dollars" instead of "pounds". See more »

Quotes

Ludivine Duflot: Papa still speaks Provencal, you know?
Francis Duflot: Oh, but very few still understand it. It's now exclusively practiced by poets and sodomites.
Ludivine Duflot: Hmm... what a "sodomite" is, by the way?
Francis Duflot: I will explain you tonight.
See more »

Connections

Features Sylvie et le fantôme (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

How Can I Be Sure of You
Written and Performed by Harry Nilsson
Courtesy of RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Pleasant and likable. Gorgeous views. But does not quite live up to its pedigree.
29 October 2006 | by bopdogSee all my reviews

You can't not like this movie. the scenery is absolutely jaw-dropping, drop-dead gorgeous. It's worth a trip to the cinema just to bask in the lush French countryside. With such stellar talent as Ridley Scott, Albert Finney, and Russel Crowe, however, one expected a tad bit more.

Not to say this wasn't enjoyable. I'm glad I went. But it was a '7', even though those involved were all of the '10' calibre. The script was a bit 'jerky'--- i.e., it went in fits and starts. The frustration humor was definitely annoying--- it's not ever my thing, and wasn't here, either. But the cast was immensely likable, and again, the scenery. Oh my gawd!!! What a visual treat, and a pleasant enough rom-com.

This Ridley Scott directorial effort reminded me a lot of director John Boorman, and his 1989 (-ish) under-rated movie, 'Where the Heart Is'. Boorman was 'getting on' in his successful career, and he made that movie with one of his daughters as producer, and maybe writer, too (?). As an aside, she sadly died from brain cancer, so this movie is a kind of memorial, too, I would guess.

Its initial concept was as a British comedy of eccentricities, and fitted the English context and culture perfectly. It was translated and transported, for some unknown reason, to a New York locale, with a stellar cast--- Dabney Coleman, Uma Thurmon, Maury Chaykin, Suzi Amis, Christopher Plummer, etc. The art work and some of the scenes were amazing and heart-opening and stupendous! The movie, however, had some fundamental flaws as well. I suspect something went horribly wrong with some scenes or characters or something, and an important chunk or chunks were cut out of some key portions. Whatever happened--- it was somehow 'broken', and thus will never gain the wide-spread acclaim and fame it could have had, and maybe deserves in spite of the mistakes. Nonetheless, I own TWO copies of the video (they are impossible to get anymore, so they're in my 'vault'), and have watched it 2 dozen times over the years. Despite its frustrating limitations, I LOVE that movie!

Sorry, I rambled. the point is, it was a largely beautiful and mostly entertaining 'stumble' by a GREAT auteur who was seeking a new way to express himself. 'A Good Year' may be the same: Star talent all around, a thing of beauty to admire and enjoy, but, alas, some quirky and rather important flaws, too.

Oh well. At least Ridley Scott took an artistic chance. At least he showed up! He deserves our praise for that, and you might want to go see this flick anyway--- you'll like it! It's a great 'tone' and 'mood piece'--- uplifting and a bit soppy, in the best possible way!


14 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 223 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed