Spinning Plates 2014 NR CC

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Spinning Plates is the story of three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who make them what they are.

Starring:
Grant Achatz, Cindy Breitbach
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Joseph Levy
Starring Grant Achatz, Cindy Breitbach
Supporting actors Mike Breitbach, Thomas Keller, Francisco Martinez, Gabby Martinez
Studio Inception Media Group
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By California Dreaming on February 22, 2014
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At a crucial point in the film, the business partner of Grant Achatz -- the executive chef at Alinea in Chicago -- describes speaking to a doctor who is treating Mr. Achatz. The doctor says that he may not only be able to save Mr. Achatz's tongue and jaw, but that same doctor may be able to save the patient's life as well. The business partner's response? "Well, you're either a genius or you're crazy." The doctor's response? "Well, why can't I be a little bit of both?" Supposedly, the two restaurateurs at that point knew they had their medical man.

And when you first start watching this documentary, you're not really sure if you have the best movie. It does take a little time to get moving -- unlike most of the stars of this show, who get moving long before the sun comes up -- but once it does, this film just might move you. It sure did me. I don't like shedding a tear during a film, and I sadly admit that I did a couple of times while watching Mr. Achatz describe his cancer issues.

But I will tell you this: Mr. Achatz has some brass ones. I kept thinking, "Man, if I were in his shoes, I would surely just use those shoes to find me a very tall cliff." But that's not how this guy rolls. Listening to interviews with his mentors such as Thomas Keller, you will quickly realize that Mr. Achatz is a truly special guy.

(They show Mr. Keller more than once here at The French Laundry, and I actually wish they would have featured him and his world-class restaurant even more. Update on 2014Mar3: my wife and I walk by The French Laundry at least once every two or three months, as we live near Yountville, and we really like that quaint little town. Who doesn't? Yesterday, we finally ate there, as we were lucky enough to secure an 11 AM lunch reservation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Pablos on February 17, 2014
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This movie started out as a film about food and then developed into a film about people, community, and families. It's a very unique and moving journey into what creating a meal means beyond the experience of taste.
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It was a beautiful movie on not only the chefs imaginations, culture,and presentation of their food creations, but on how the gift of creativity, saved their lives. great movie
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By LotusGuy on June 5, 2014
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Very interesting stories of 3 restaurants and what they really went through. We enjoyed it a lot! Interesting events and good human interests.
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By old grad on May 29, 2014
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We are a small bakery it was inspiring to see these three restaurants story. I could not see why they were selected at first but it all came together at the end.
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By julie on May 7, 2014
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It truly takes the heart of a lion to be in the restaurant business sometimes. All three of these stories were so touching. I never write reviews or rate something more than a 4 however this one deserves it!
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By Lindsy on May 1, 2014
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It was an interesting to see the differences and similarities these restauranteurs ultimately have. Can't wait to go to Alinea for dinner the next time we are in Chicago!
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A deeply moving account of the challenges, triumphs, & downright devastation of 3 very different restaurants & the family of folks who run them. This is an entertaining & compelling film that brings the 3 stories together by demonstrating the same desire to share, comfort, & create through the preparation of fine food.
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