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Bottle Shock (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 5 September 2008 (USA)
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The story of the early days of California wine making featuring the now infamous, blind Paris wine tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as "Judgment of Paris".

Director:

Randall Miller

Writers:

Jody Savin (screenplay), Randall Miller (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Pine ... Bo Barrett
Hal B. Klein ... Shenky
Alan Rickman ... Steven Spurrier
Jean-Michel Richaud ... Maitre d'
Dennis Farina ... Maurice Cantavale
Bill Pullman ... Jim Barrett
Kirk Baily ... Loan Officer
Freddy Rodríguez ... Gustavo Brambila (as Freddy Rodriguez)
Philippe Bergeron ... Pierre Tari
Rachael Taylor ... Sam Fulton
Louis Giambalvo ... George Taber
Greg Collins ... Trucker
Luis Saguar ... Man #1 (as Louis Saguar)
James Hiser James Hiser ... Man #2
Geoff Callan ... Man #3
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Storyline

In 1976, Steven Spurrier, a sommelier in Paris, comes to the Napa Valley to take the best he can find to Paris for a blind taste test against French wine. He meets Jim Barrett, whose Chateau Montelena is mortgaged to the hilt as Jim perfects his chardonnay. There's strain in Jim's relations with his hippie son Bo and his foreman Gustavo, a Mexican farmworker's son secretly making his own wine. Plus, there's Sam, a UC Davis graduate student and free spirit, mutually attracted to both Gustavo and Bo. As Spurrier organizes the "Judgment of Paris," Jim doesn't want to participate while Bo knows it's their only chance. Barrett's chardonnay has buttery notes and a Smithsonian finish. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Based on a true story of love, victory and fermentation.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual content and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

5 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bottle Shock See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$278,075, 10 August 2008

Gross USA:

$4,078,607

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,628,553
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The real Jim Barrett, owner of Chateau Montelena, appears in the film as a vineyard owner who pours a wine sample for Alan Rickman. Mike Grgich, the real-life winemaker at Chateau Montelena (and the man who was most responsible for the award-winning 1973 Montelena Chardonnay), appears in several scenes at the chateau, standing next to Bill Pullman as he takes a wine sample from a barrel. See more »

Goofs

While Bo and Sam are kissing before Bo leaves for France, she's holding his face while two wisps of hair droop down on his right side. When the camera films to show her face, all his hair is pushed back by her hands. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bo Barrett: [voice-over during a vineyard pan] It wasn't always like this. Before Paris, people didn't drink our wine. I mean, my friends did. But you could hardly consider their palates discerning...
Bo Barrett: Hell, we were farmers... sort of...
[pan to empty bottles of Montelena label and several early twenties/late teens smoking hookah]
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Shock! Shock! Shock! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Un bel di vedremo
Written by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Maria Callas and The Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Tullio Serafin
Courtesy of EMI Classics
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Bottle Shock
28 January 2008 | by scubadivekonaSee all my reviews

Fun movie, and funnier than I thought it would be. Rickman was fantastic. I've never been a huge fan of his, but I really saw his talent and sense of humor come thru in this movie. I think even he might laugh during the movie.

I must say, when heard about this movie at Sundance, I thought it was going to give a documentary treatment to the wine competition in Paris. I thought it would something I'd sip red wine to, with a fellow wine geek. Instead this movie was VERY entertaining. It put me more in the mood to drink a good bottle of white with my wife, and...well, you get the idea.

The movie is not without some quirks, but I think a non-critic will "like it a lot," as Freddy Rodriguez says about his wine. It is a feast for the eyes. I can't wait to see it on Blu-Ray!


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