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A Good Year (2006)

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A British investment broker inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.



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1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Righton ...
Trader #1
Trader #2
Ali Rhodes ...
20-Something Beauty
Bert the Doorman
Nila Aalia ...
Newscaster #1
Stephen Hudson ...
Newscaster #2
Maitre D'
Lionel Briand ...
Rental Car Employee


After years of no contact with his Uncle Henry, London banker and bond trader Max Skinner learns that Henry has died intestate, so Max inherits a château and vineyard in Provence. Max spent part of his childhood there, learning maxims and how to win and lose, and honing his killer instinct (at chess, which serves him well in finance). Max goes to France intent on selling the property. He spends a few days there, getting the property ready to show. Memories, a beautiful woman, and a young American who says she's Henry's illegitimate daughter interrupt his plans. Did Max the boy know things that Max the man has forgotten? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sometimes it takes a change of scenery to have a change of heart. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un buen año  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£376,962 (United Kingdom), 29 October 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,721,526, 12 November 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,458,269, 21 January 2007
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Max Skinner's wardrobe is largely influenced by Russell Crowe's own uncle, David William Crowe. See more »


When Max is playing tennis at La Siroque, the sound that the tennis racquets make does not correspond with the type of old racquets they have. The sound is from a modern tennis racquet. See more »


Christie Roberts: Huh! Back in Napa, we're known to gargle and spit on occasion.
Max Skinner: Well, well. Guess who knows a thing or two about wine?
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Features Mon Oncle (1958) See more »


Written and Performed by Stephen Lang
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari / Mastersource
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User Reviews

"A Good Year" was a good movie...
11 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

I thought the movie was very good... Much better than I expected from the previews.

It's not going to be a Best-Picture Oscar winning movie (I think that should go to "The Departed") but it is not intended to be...

If you need explosions, sex and violence every 10 seconds to keep your attention then no this film is not for you. If you just want a relaxing, well-acted, non-American crappy plot popcorn movie then go check it out.

Well worth the $11 for the ticket which is getting pretty hard to say nowadays...

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