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Year of the Comet (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Romance  |  24 April 1992 (USA)
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An extremely rare bottle of wine (bottled during the appearance of the Great Comet of 1811) is discovered. Margaret Harwood is sent to retrieve it so it can be sold at auction. Oliver ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Harwood
Oliver Plexico
Sir Mason Harwood
Richard Harwood (as Timothy Bentinck)
Julia McCarthy ...
Jacques Mathou ...
Doctor Roget
Arturo Venegas ...
Chapman Roberts ...
Andrew Robertson ...
Scottish Farmer
T.T. Kelleher
Nicholas Ward Jackson ...
Snobbish Wine Taster


An extremely rare bottle of wine (bottled during the appearance of the Great Comet of 1811) is discovered. Margaret Harwood is sent to retrieve it so it can be sold at auction. Oliver Plexico is assigned as her travel guide/bodyguard for the trip. However, other people desperately want the bottle and will stop at nothing to get it. A simple little trip becomes an international chase. Written by Brian W Martz <> [edited]

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She's mad about wine, he's mad about women - together they've got a lot of bottle. (British video cover) See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

24 April 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Very Good Year  »

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Box Office


$2,791,515 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Hardy was listed in UK trades when production started as being in this project See more »


When Margaret Harwood goes to the MacPherson Castle and encounters Philippe in the shots showing Margaret's face, you can see a hair stuck up on her head. When Philippe's face is shown you can see Margaret's hair is back in place. See more »


Sir Mason Harwood: [to Richard, after Margaret has given her resignation about not being able to represent the winery] Yes. Well, I suppose we'll have to change that.
[goes out after Margaret]
Sir Mason Harwood: Margaret! Enough of this!
Margaret Harwood: [Margaret stops and turns around, wiping tears from her eyes]
Sir Mason Harwood: A lawyer friend of mine acts for an estate in Scotland, on the Isle of Skye. His client, an absentee landlord, has recently died, and this lawyer has asked me to dispose of the wine cellar.
[hands Margaret a package]
Sir Mason Harwood: The legal documents are ...
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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Movie (1993) See more »


Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Charlotte Georg (as Lee Ashley)
Published by Software Music BMI
Courtesy of Capitol Production Music/Ole Georg
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Charming and winsome
16 September 2004 | by (Gladstone, Oregon) – See all my reviews

I found this to be a small film full of heart, a charming, winsome example of how powerful the story of two people can be. Full of humor, breathtaking scenery, and quirky characters, it's an enjoyable film to see again and again.

Tim Daly turned in an engaging performance as the mostly bemused Oliver Plexico. Penelope Ann Miller, later seen to devastating effect in The Shadow, turns in a light but powerful performance as the determined Margaret Harwood. Together, they battle enraged farmers, violent scientists, and each other before true love wins out--and the ending is as charming, quirky, and brow-raising as the rest of the film.

Truly, a wonderfully intimate little film about the perils of the wine business--and falling in love.

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