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Bottle Shock -- The story of the early days of California wine making featuring the now infamous, blind Paris wine tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as "judgment of Paris."
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Release Date:
5 September 2008 (USA) See more »
Based on a true story of love, victory and fermentation.
The story of the early days of California wine making featuring the now infamous, blind Paris wine tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as "Judgment of Paris". Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Chris Pine ... Bo Barrett

Hal B. Klein ... Shenky

Alan Rickman ... Steven Spurrier

Jean-Michel Richaud ... Maitre d'

Dennis Farina ... Maurice Cantavale

Bill Pullman ... Jim Barrett
Kirk Baily ... Loan Officer

Freddy Rodríguez ... Gustavo Brambila (as Freddy Rodriguez)

Philippe Bergeron ... Pierre Tari

Rachael Taylor ... Sam Fulton
Louis Giambalvo ... George Taber

Greg Collins ... Trucker

Luis Saguar ... Man #1 (as Louis Saguar)
James Hiser ... Man #2

Geoff Callan ... Man #3

Eliza Dushku ... Joe

Miguel Sandoval ... Mr. Garcia
Marcia Firesten ... Karen Thompson

Matthew Kimbrough ... Michael Robbins

Laurie O'Brien ... Laura

Kathy McGraw ... Ms. Relyea

Joe Regalbuto ... Bill
Al Liner ... Hotel Clerk

Deborah O'Brien ... TWA Attendant
Brian Leonard ... Passenger #1

Karl-Heinz Teuber ... German Passenger

Maximilienne Ewalt ... Passenger #2
Frank Avila ... Field Hand

Bradley Whitford ... Professor Saunders

Richard Gross ... Lt. Randall

Mary Pat Gleason ... Marge
Valerie Long ... Vintner #2

James Carraway ... Vintner #3

Marian Filali ... Odette Kahn

Phillipe Simon ... Claude Dubois-Millot (as Philippe Simon)
André Tardieu ... Raymond Oliver (as Andre Tardieu)

J.P. Gillain ... Pierre Bréjoux (as Jean-Pierre Gillain)

Andre Mathieu ... Upscale Man

Jody Savin ... Upscale Woman

Mark Famiglietti ... Waiter

Randall Miller ... Patron
Roy Jimenez ... Shopkeeper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anita Argent ... French Wine Spectator (uncredited)
Amiée Conn ... Bo's Friend (uncredited)
Jeff Coté ... Photographer (uncredited)

John Crosthwaite ... Wine Spectator (uncredited)
Danielle Deffenbaugh ... French Pedestrian (uncredited)
Leslie Goodman ... Wine Tasting Spectator (uncredited)
John Harden ... French Judge (uncredited)
Arlo Hemphill ... French Waiter (uncredited)

Larry Kitagawa ... Country Club Member (uncredited)
Jay Krueger ... Winery Driver (uncredited)
Krystal Landrum ... TWA Ticket Agent (uncredited)
Justin Malachi ... Valet (uncredited)
Hugo Martinez ... Vinyard worker (uncredited)
Caleb Daniel Noal ... Bo's Friend #2 (uncredited)
James Olea ... Motorcycle Rebel (uncredited)
Alden Olmsted ... Hotel Patron (uncredited)

Montgomery Paulsen ... Store Patron (uncredited)
Jeff Redlick ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

James Rufini ... Winemaker (uncredited)

Anjuli Sanneman ... Girl Smoking Bong (uncredited)
Nathalie Tedrick ... College student (uncredited)
Scott Updegrave ... Attorney (uncredited)
Mario Vendetti ... Valet (uncredited)

Directed by
Randall Miller 
Writing credits
Jody Savin (screenplay) &
Randall Miller (screenplay) and
Ross Schwartz (screenplay)

Ross Schwartz (story) &
Lannette Pabon (story) and
Jody Savin (story) &
Randall Miller (story)

Produced by
Robert Baizer .... executive producer
Erik Cleage .... executive producer
Joe Davis .... executive producer
Merv Davis .... executive producer
Elaine Dysinger .... co-producer
J. Todd Harris .... producer
Diane Jacobs .... executive producer
Art Klein .... executive producer
Brenda Lhormer .... producer
Marc Lhormer .... producer
Randall Miller .... producer
Jody Savin .... producer
Dan Schryer .... executive producer
Marc Toberoff .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Adler 
Cinematography by
Mike Ozier (director of photography) (as Michael J. Ozier)
Film Editing by
Randall Miller 
Dan O'Brien 
Casting by
Richard Pagano  (as Rick Pagano)
Production Design by
Craig Stearns 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Munch 
Costume Design by
Jillian Ann Kreiner  (as Jillian Kreiner)
Makeup Department
Lynn Barber .... makeup department head
Aurora Bergere .... makeup artist
Robin Church .... key hair stylist
Debra Dietrich .... hair stylist
Nancy J. Hvasta Leonardi .... assistant makeup artist
Marie Larkin .... hair department head
Production Management
Elaine Dysinger .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melissa V. Barnes .... first assistant director
Kevin Berlandi .... second assistant director (as Kevin Joseph Berlandi)
Brandy D. Pollard .... second second assistant director
Brian Relyea .... first assistant director (as Brian F. Relyea)
Art Department
Thomas A. Barone .... propmaker (as Thomas A. Barone)
Nate Belove .... on-set dresser
James Burke .... on-set dresser
Richard W. Clot .... construction coordinator
Kelly Crist .... propmaker carpenter
Mike Helbig .... on-set dresser
Patrick Ludden .... assistant property master
John Micheletos .... leadman
Joel Morgante .... propmaker carpenter (as Joel Morante)
Annie Mueller .... assistant property master
Gregory A. Nahem .... painter
George Reade .... propmaker
Anna Rogers .... assistant property master
Karen Sorum .... lead scenic
Chris Ubick .... property master
David Vernali .... propmaker
Louis Visco .... set dresser
Mark Warren .... set dresser
Sean Wright .... construction foreman: propmaker
Katherine Covell .... set decorating buyer (uncredited)
Jody Weisenfeld .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christopher Assells .... sound effects editor
Steve Bartkowicz .... sound re-recording engineer
Kevin Patrick Burns .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Copenhagen .... boom operator
Ben Jezowski .... utility sound person
Jörg Klaussner .... dubbing mixer
Diane Marshall .... foley artist
David Stanke .... first assistant sound editor
Nelson Stoll .... production sound mixer
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Karen Vassar Triest .... sound effects editor (as Karen Vassar)
Brett Voss .... foley mixer
Randolph Saucedo .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lisa Franklin .... special effects foreman
Tom Sindicich .... special effects coordinator
Todd D'Amario .... prop builder (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Regan Copeland .... digital intermediate editor
Rocky Capella .... stunt coordinator (as Rocky Cappella)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stewart D. Allen .... grip (as Stewart Allen)
Steve Bellen .... first assistant camera
Tim Bellen .... camera operator
Michael Best .... best boy grip
Ira Boyd .... gaffer
Stephen Buckingham .... first assistant camera
Gerardo Cabrera .... electrician
Ian Chriss .... grip
Evan Davies .... rigging grip
Bernie Demolski .... grip (as Richard Demolski)
Kenn Ferro .... Steadicam operator
T.S. Hale .... dolly grip
Paul Harris .... electrician
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer
Mason Hersey .... first assistant camera
Kenneth 'Spike' Kirkland .... additional grip electric
Anne Lee .... second assistant camera
Darrell M. Lee .... grip
Phil Miller .... key grip
David Mong .... electrician
Jason Michael Noel .... electrician
Mario Signore .... camera operator
Caitlin Strom .... assistant camera
Terry Sullivan .... best boy electric
Beau Vaughan .... rigging key grip
Joe Victoria .... jib operator
Jeremy Wong .... camera loader
Casting Department
Cassandra Birdsall .... extras casting assistant
Russell Boast .... casting associate
Jenifer Coté .... extras casting
Lori Laube .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Allison E. Cohen .... truck costumer
Ashley Martin .... costume supervisor
Genevieve McCarty .... wardrobe assistant
Leah Standley .... costumer
Editorial Department
Cameron Arguelles .... film cutter
Eric McClain .... colorist
Bill Schultz .... digital intermediate executive
Walter Volpatto .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Mark Adler .... conductor
Mark Adler .... orchestrator
Joanie Diener .... music editor
John Eidsvoog .... additional orchestrations
Julie Eidsvoog .... music preparation
Endre Granat .... concertmaster
Greg Hayes .... score recordist
Larry London .... musician: clarinet solos
David Low .... orchestra contractor
Brad Rosenberger .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Michael Connor .... transportation dispatcher
Clark Dolan .... driver: honeywagon
Geno Hart .... transportation consultant
Tom Ingebertsen .... teamster
Zoa Keith .... transportation co-captain
Jay Krueger .... driver
Adam Pinkstaff .... transportation captain
Tim Schau .... driver
Eric Solmonson .... transportation co-captain
Jill Wattles .... driver (as Jill C. Wattles)
Other crew
Diana Argos .... assistant production coordinator
Rudy Asuncion .... production assistant
Lark Bernini .... production coordinator
Mark Bosia .... medic coordinator
Christian Butcher .... production assistant
Glynn Butterfield .... epk
James Chandler .... craft service
Alan Chu .... IT/telecom tech
Capella Fahoome .... publicity assistant
Jesse Gillingham .... location scouting
Jeffery Goddard .... advertising manager
Megan Goedewaagen .... production assistant
Antonio Graña .... key set production assistant (as Antonio Grana)
Daniel Gusman .... marketing and publicity: international sales
Nadine Jolson .... publicist
Paul Lavoie .... digital production manager
Max Leeds .... legal counsel: international sales
Marc Marcum .... production executive
Michelle Marzahn .... production executive
Genevieve McCarty .... production assistant
Cara Miller .... production assistant
Peter Moody .... key assistant location manager
Chris Munday .... location manager
Brian O'Shea .... world sales executive
Patricia Petersen .... production assistant
Sandy Reed .... craft service
Jessica Rew .... production assistant
Adam Sonnenfeld .... production assistant
Mitch Spacone .... system support: FotoKem
Silver Tree .... script supervisor
Timothy P. Tundel .... first assistant accountant
Oorala Yamada .... set production assistant
Dave Moorer .... set medic (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual content and a scene of drug use
110 min
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The white car driving toward camera and out of frame immediately after the "Judgement of Paris" is a Jensen Interceptor.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: While Bo and Sam are kissing before Bo leaves for France, she's holding his face while two wisps of hair droop down on his right side. When the camera films to show her face, all his hair is pushed back by her hands.See more »
[first lines]
Bo Barrett:[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...
Bo Barrett: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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51 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
The Hollywood Reporter loves BOTTLE SHOCK!!, 29 January 2008

Bottle Shock Bottom Line: "Rocky" for wine aficionados. By Stephen Farber Jan 29, 2008

Sundance Film Festival

PARK CITY -- When a film opens with the title, "Based on a true story," one wonders if the filmmakers are trying to bolster a flimsy premise with claims of authenticity.

But "Bottle Shock," which had its world premiere at Sundance, enshrines an irresistible story that happens to be (mainly) true. It takes place in 1976, the year of the American Bicentennial, and in these cynical times, it is nice to be reminded of an American victory that is actually worth celebrating. This might not have been a momentous world achievement, but it was a gratifying victory all the same.

The contest takes place in the world of wine, in a time when California wines competed for the first time in a prestigious competition in France. One of the competitors was Château Montelena, a vineyard owned by Jim Barrett, who dropped out of the corporate rat race to pursue his dream of cultivating grapes. Jim is just one of the engaging characters in this tale of American hayseeds taking on French connoisseurs. Because of the wine backdrop, some will compare the film to "Sideways," but the comparisons are not really fair. This is a different kind of movie, a classic underdog tale with lots of humor and heart. With the right handling, it could be a hit on the specialty circuit.

The film begins by introducing an intriguing ensemble. In the Napa Valley, Jim (Bill Pullman) is locked in constant battle with his slacker son, Bo (Chris Pine), who works for him at the vineyard. Another worker, Gustavo (Freddy Rodriguez), the son of a Mexican field hand, hopes to launch his own label. Both of the men are infatuated with Sam (Rachael Taylor), a new arrival in town. Meanwhile, in Paris, Steven Spurrier (Alan Rickman) hopes to revive his failing wine business by sponsoring a competition, and a friend encourages him to visit California to add a new gimmick to the contest.

The film is very leisurely in establishing all these characters -- a mite too leisurely. The first half would benefit from tighter editing. Another problem is that the characters -- the tyrannical father and the rebellious son, the snooty European wine connoisseur -- are a bit stock, and the personal stories are not as well developed as they might be. But the film keeps building in intensity, and the payoff sizzles.

As he showed in "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School," director Randall Miller has real affection for actors, and he brings out the best in performers who haven't always had an opportunity to shine. (Miller wrote and produced both films with his wife, Jody Savin.) Pullman has his best role in years, and he captures the fury as well as the passion of a man in thrall to a dream on the verge of collapse. Pine has enormous charm, and Rodriguez confirms the promise he showed on HBO's "Six Feet Under." Rickman also has one of his juiciest roles in recent years, and he's able to satirize British haughtiness without falling into caricature. Watch his reactions as he samples California cuisine -- first a vat of Kentucky Fried Chicken and then a glob of guacamole -- and you'll savor the mastery of a truly subtle actor. Two beautiful young actresses -- Taylor and Eliza Dushku as a ballsy bartender -- give equally winning performances.

Once the film gets past the exposition, it brings off a number of delectable scenes. A high point comes when Rickman and Pine inveigle a bunch of airline passengers to transport California wine in their carry-on bags. And the climactic competition, where the scrappy American interloper has to stand up against generations of French tradition, is as rousing as any finale you'll see this year. Cinematographer Michael J. Ozier magnificently captures the Napa countryside. This intelligent, affectionate, beautifully acted movie gives crowd-pleasers a good name.

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