Bottle Shock 2008 PG-13 CC

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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."

Starring:
Alan Rickman, Chris Pine
Runtime:
1 hour 49 minutes

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Bottle Shock

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Randall Miller
Starring Alan Rickman, Chris Pine
Supporting actors Alan Rickman, Jean-Michel Richaud, Dennis Farina, Bill Pullman, Kirk Baily, Freddy Rodríguez, Philippe Bergeron, Rachael Taylor, Louis Giambalvo, Greg Collins, Luis Saguar, James Hiser, Geoff Callan, Eliza Dushku, Miguel Sandoval, Marcia Firesten, Matthew Kimbrough, Laurie O'Brien
Studio Fox
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This movie is a good time that will make you laugh.
Hazelnut
I enjoyed almost everything about this movie: beautiful scenery, interesting story line, great acting.
Ms. Audrey Kennedy
This movie is one of the best wine movies i have ever seen.
Shane Hornquist

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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Philip Trubey on December 12, 2008
Format: DVD
Before a (then) little known Paris wine tasting in 1976, most people had no idea that California was producing world class wines. That changed when a British ex-pat in Paris organized a wine tasting of the best French versus the best Californians - against all expectations, California won both best red and white and nothing in the wine world has been the same since.

This drama/light comedy follows the true story of the travails of the winning white (Chardonnay) winery leading up to the competition. There is lots to enjoy here including a struggling small business story, an evolving father-son relationship, the comeuppance of an arrogant industry, and of course, a love triangle. The movie is well cast (and very well acted) with Bill Pullman as the business owner father and Alan Rickman as the snobby Brit amazed to find that good wines can be found this side of the Atlantic.

In the final analysis, this is a feel good movie, suitable for the whole family with the proviso that kids under 10 might get bored in places.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By WhineLover on February 1, 2009
Format: DVD
I saw this movie when it first came out, and then put on a tasting party based on the wines they drank in the movie. People had a great time watching the movie while drinking some of the same wines from the famous tasting (newer vintages). It is true that a lot of artistic licence has been taken, so if you care about the real facts, read The Judgement of Paris (excellent book). However, there are some hilarious lines, Alan Rickman is fabulous, and the scene of the tasting itself is a must for anyone that cares about wine. Personally, I would fast forward through the love-triangle scenes ("Jules and Jim" this film is not). Any wine lover who doesn't see it because of the negative comments about it not perfectly following the facts will be missing out on a very enjoyable film.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Julie A. Moskal on January 30, 2009
Format: DVD
I saw this movie on a trans-Pacific airline trip and it is fabulous! If you survived the seventies and love wine, this is for you. Of if you're just an Alan Rickman fan, you'll like it, too! Really a fun, fun movie and makes me want to spend a year's salary to buy a bottle of 1971 California Chardonnay!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa A. Lappen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 30, 2009
Format: DVD
I'd never heard of this film, which was offered on a recent flight overseas. Given the other movies offered, however, it looked appetizing enough, and I'm glad we tried it out.

Here, we meet again Alan Rickman (best-known for his role in the Harry Potter film series, as the snarling and sinister Snape). This time, however, he's Steven Spurrier, an amusing British dirty blond, the middle-aged proprietor of a failing Paris wine-tasting "academy," ahem, business. His exceedingly poor French pronunciation earns him a snub from even the sommelier at classiest City of Light annual vintners' event: He is nearly rejected at the door, and upon indignantly showing his ticket, is seated at the last table in the rear, by the swinging dining room door.

We also get another surprise performance from Dennis Farina, most famous for his hardened cop character in Law & Order. Here, as Maurice, Farina plays a gauche New York transplant to Paris, an acquaintance of Spurrier who proposes that the latter stir up business by hosting a wine tasting to pit French wines against the best that California has to offer. The thinking is that California will naturally lose, big time.

But everyone in France, at least, is astonished by the outcome. Along the way, viewers also witness fine character acting by California winery owner Jim Barrett (Bill Pullman) and his post-Woodstock generation son, Bo (Chris Pine).

A thoroughly enjoyable romp through a 1976 true-life story---or a story at least based on true life. American ingenuity wins, again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Callan on February 25, 2009
Format: DVD
I think this is such a wonderful story, totally brought to life by the filmmakers. A copy of the movie + a bottle of wine makes a perfect gift for wine lovers. Watching the tale of the opening of the wine industry with all the beauty of the California wine country is a delight. And it's funny and romantic too.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By KTFaye on September 11, 2009
Format: DVD
It was one of those movies where I REALLY wish it had a better director and/or writer. There was a interesting story to tell there, but the director and scriptwriters muddied it up.

There are good solid performances all around. Alan Rickman was his usual fine self as the Brit living in France who comes up with the idea of the event. He's droll, dry, and sarcastic. Renting the film is worth it for his performance alone. Bill Pullman is very stoic and tightly wound as Jim Barrett, the winery owner who has staked everything he owns on the little-winery-that-could and is having a financial melt-down. Chris Pine, dressed in classic mid-70's garb and hair, is the ne'er-do-well useless son who is finding his place in the world. Freddy Rodriquez, a favorite of mine, is very good as Gustavo and just about steals the story. Dennis Farina plays himself, but "himself" is always an interesting guy <g>

The film is set at a time when all of the wineries didn't have big showrooms and didn't even charge for tastings--and wine is a whole $6 bucks a bottle! But the basic story is a good one, and although they have fictionalized much of it, the wines were made and they did win. Following that, a small article in Time magazine brought Napa and its wines to a wider consumer base.

The problem is that the screenwriters included a fictional character to support a unnecessary fictional love story. Also problematic is that the script actually makes the secondary characters more interesting than the lead characters. For example, there is a secondary storyline about the winemakers assistant, Gustavo (although oddly, the winemaker who actually created the winning wine isn't even mentioned - what's with that?).
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