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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.

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writers:

Marc Klein (screenplay), Peter Mayle (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Highmore ... Young Max
Albert Finney ... Uncle Henry
Russell Crowe ... Max Skinner
Rafe Spall ... Kenny
Archie Panjabi ... Gemma
Richard Coyle ... Amis
Ben Righton Ben Righton ... Trader #1
Patrick Kennedy ... Trader #2
Ali Rhodes Ali Rhodes ... 20-Something Beauty
Daniel Mays ... Bert the Doorman
Nila Aalia Nila Aalia ... Newscaster #1
Stephen Hudson Stephen Hudson ... Newscaster #2
Giannina Facio ... Maitre D'
Tom Hollander ... Charlie Willis
Lionel Briand Lionel Briand ... Rental Car Employee
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Storyline

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>

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | French | Russian

Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un buen año See more »

Filming Locations:

Cucuron, Vaucluse, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The line that Max says while floating in the pool (as it is filling), "What is it, Major Lawrence that attracts you personally to the desert?....It's clean." This is from the classic film, Lawrence of Arabia. Ridley Scott has another Lawrence of Arabia reference in his film, Prometheus, in which Michael Fassbender's character, David, seems to have an affinity for. See more »

Goofs

The blue inflatable armchair in the swimming pool wasn't probably on sale when Max was a child. See more »

Quotes

Gemma: Tosser.
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Connections

References Two for the Road (1967) See more »

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Breezin' Along with the Breeze
Written by Haven Gillespie, Seymour Simons and Richard A. Whiting (as Richard Whiting)
Performed by Josephine Baker
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Plot summary is wrong.
29 September 2006 | by federiconeSee all my reviews

The American woman does not claim that the land is hers, but tries to know something about his past. Ridley Scott exploit his good taste to create a charming atmosphere, in which Russel Crowe is just an extra piece of the story. The landscapes, the Provence feeling, the interesting women, and the enchanting world of wine makes you fly between the clouds and wonder: "what if I leave my job right now and start living the real life?". Russel Crowe successes in playing a clumsy business man who realizes he has to make a change. Albert Finney minor appearances are brilliant. It is a movie about feelings, enjoying life, and finding yourself. You have to see it.


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