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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

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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Everything matures... eventually. 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

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Duflot's dog is named Tati, presumably after the great French clown and actor-director Jacques Tati. Scenes from some of Tati's films are in the montage shown during the romantic "Boum" sequence. See more »

Goofs

Fanny Chenal's eyes are blue (and quite striking) as an adult, but the little girl that plays her has brown eyes. See more »

Quotes

Max Skinner: [dealing with two obnoxious tourists] Macdonalds is in Avignon, fish and chips in Marseille. Allez.
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Connections

Referenced in Tavis Smiley: Episode dated 20 January 2010 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Vous qui Passez sans me Voir
Music by Johnny Hess and Paul Misraki
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Jean Sablon
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Wonderful!!
19 November 2006 | by foxstorySee all my reviews

My breath was taken away as I was transported to another place entirely. It was so warmly sentimental I had tears in my eyes many times during the movie,, but in a great way. THis is what movies are meant to do, take us away and out of our ordinary lives to escape and step outside ourselves to reflect on some deeper meaning.

Bravo! Russell Crowe is simply an amazing actor. See this movie at the theater for full cinematic splendor.

I don't know why I haven't heard more about this movie.. I think its been out a while. Russell Crowe is one of those actors who can really choose what films he makes. This should ensure a great movie just by him agreeing to it! He transforms himself into his characters so you're not thinking your watching Russell Crowe.


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