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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$2,791,515 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Oscar winning composer John Barry wrote a score for the film, but it was rejected and a new one written by Hummie Mann was subsequently commissioned. 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 »


Margaret Harwood: [Sir Mason and Richard are discussing the winery's business dealings. Margaret has come in after cleaning up from the last tasting] Everything is cleaned up, Father.
Sir Mason Harwood: Thank you, Margaret.
[Margaret remains where she is, Sir Mason looks up]
Sir Mason Harwood: Yes? Is there something else, my dear?
Margaret Harwood: Father, please, when will I be able to go on an outing?
Margaret Harwood: Margaret, we've discussed this...
Margaret Harwood: [interrupts] Father, wines are my life. I love it! And I am passed up time and time again while Richard gets every opportunity!
Richard Harwood: The ...
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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Pool Guy (1995) See more »


Lyrics by Susan Marder
Music by Susan Marder and Hummie Mann
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28 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

As someone who very rarely leaves comments, I just want to say how much I have enjoyed this film. In fact the chances are I would have never watched this film, as its not the type of film I would have ever sought out, nor was I ever a fan of the lead stars.

As it was back in 1993 I happened to be working in a video store in which we were only permitted to watch PG films in-store for obvious reasons. This happened to be a new release which I put on one day. Generally I would have put it one and forgot about about it, like so many other films. However I was initially actually attracted to it by its soundtrack, then the fact it was filmed in Britain, made me more interested as at the time I preferred to watch British films, usually for their added realism.

Soon I was hooked to the film, although the acting looked a bit corny, I thought it was deliberate, and the dialogue was actually quite funny in its downbeat style. The story made the film a bit like a road movie with both lead characters initially almost irritated by each other. But the adventure they go on as they hunt for the elusive bottle of rare wine.

By the end of it I was in love with Penelope Ann Miller and almost whooping at Tim Daly. In fact I liked it so much over the course of 18 months I watched it around 25 times! I wouldn't claim its to everyone's taste, however if you want to watch an enjoyable film for a quiet night in, watch Year Of The Comet, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

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