Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.
British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
In 1976, Steven Spurrier, a sommelier in Paris, comes to the Napa Valley to take the best he can find to Paris for a blind taste test against French wine. He meets Jim Barrett, whose Chateau Montelena is mortgaged to the hilt as Jim perfects his chardonnay. There's strain in Jim's relations with his hippie son Bo and his foreman Gustavo, a Mexican farmworker's son secretly making his own wine. Plus, there's Sam, a UC Davis graduate student and free spirit, mutually attracted to both Gustavo and Bo. As Spurrier organizes the "Judgment of Paris," Jim doesn't want to participate while Bo knows it's their only chance. Barrett's chardonnay has buttery notes and a Smithsonian finish. Written by
The real Jim Barrett, owner of Chateau Montelena, appears in the film as a vineyard owner who pours a wine sample for Alan Rickman. Mike Grgich, the real-life winemaker at Chateau Montelena (and the man who was most responsible for the award-winning 1973 Montelena Chardonnay), appears in several scenes at the chateau, standing next to Bill Pullman as he takes a wine sample from a barrel. See more »
The Russian Ural sidecar motorcycle ridden by Gustavo was not available in US spec trim as shown in the movie until 1996. See more »
[voice-over during a vineyard pan]
It wasn't always like this. Before Paris, people didn't drink our wine. I mean, my friends did. But you could hardly consider their palates discerning...
Hell, we were farmers... sort of...
[pan to empty bottles of Montelena label and several early twenties/late teens smoking hookah]
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When I watched the trailer on HTTP://www.bottleshockthemovie.com/ and was invited to the screening.. I had to see it right away!! There are about 3-4 actors most people have seen in other movies. And even the new actors did an excellent job.
I needed a movie like this right about now.. I have seen all the CGI blockbusters.. The Batman's and china mummies.. The summer of prequel thrillers and sequel killers. This movie has culture and I dare to say reality but, a great true story..
Although most of the people in the theater were about 10-20 years older then me.. I think anyone at any age, and especially if you like the taste of wine(personally I don't drink alcohol) would love this film even more.
I would call it a fantastic drama with loads of comedy and a love story for not only two people, but ones quest of greatness. It really shows how us as humans we are impacted by not only who we are but what we do that helps define us.
It doesn't hurt that we were able to rub it in the face of the French who sometimes think they can be superior to everything and everyone else.
At about 1/3 of the way through the movie I really had to go.. but I didn't want to miss a thing and opted to wait it out.
You won't be disappointing by anything in this film.. Acting A+, Writing A+, Directing A+..
No I don't work in the film industry, I am just a regular guy mid 30's who loves to go to movie premiers and I felt it as my duty to recommend this film to others. I didn't post anything about Tropic Thunder or the new Mummy movie/any other premier I have seen recently..
I was totally in the mood and needed to see a film like this after some of the summer duds I have seen.
Kudos in acting go to:
Chris Pine (nice work see you soon kirk) Alan Rickman ( Wow, didn't know you could be so funny!) Rachael Taylor (beauty and great acting skills (lethal combo!)) Dennis Farina (excellent as always!!!) Miguel and Bradly (great cameos, really good work too!)
Movie is loaded with great actors and a must see.
The film is the vine, the actors are the wine and the movie was a home run even in a blind taste test ...
This one is worth seeing!
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