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Bottle Shock (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 5 September 2008 (USA)
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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".

Director:

Randall Miller

Writers:

Jody Savin (screenplay), Randall Miller (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 James Hiser ... Man #2
Geoff Callan ... Man #3
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Based on a true story of love, victory and fermentation.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual content and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

5 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Borban az igazság See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$277,839, 10 August 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,040,588, 17 October 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When they pick up Alan Rickman at his hotel, it is the Toscano Hotel which is in Sonoma, not Napa, CA. You can see part of General Vallejo's adobe barracks next to the hotel. You can also see part of the Sonoma Square behind them. See more »

Goofs

The keyboard shown at the airline counter is a PC-style keyboard from the 1990s. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Shock! Shock! Shock! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Stand Back
Written by Gregg Allman and Raymond Berry Oakley
Performed by The Allman Brothers Band
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Wonderful Film . . .
31 January 2008 | by lreffoldSee all my reviews

While some people might immediately try to compare this film to Sideways, that would be a big mistake. Both films might share wine as their subject matter but diverge dramatically from there.

Bottle Shock tells an unknown story of Californian wine beating French wine in a surprise blind taste test (no one was more surprised than the French).

Having the US as the Underdog, seeing the passion of the wine makers and seeing the French being served makes this an absolutely wonderful 2 hours.

Bill Pullman was superb, Alan Rickman portrayed the quintessential snobbish Britt, Rachael Taylor was stunning and Dennis Farina was "Bacon Fat with a hint of Ripe Mellon!"


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