Bottle ShockDirector: Randall Miller
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Brought together by a curious twist of fate on a dusty California road, a wandering vintner and a struggling winemaker find both their lives, and their careers, forever transformed at a blind Parisian wine tasting that introduced the world to the extraordinary wines of Napa Valley. The year is 1976, and Napa Valley has yet to gain the reputation as one of world's best-known wine regions. Jim Barrett (Bill Pullman) has sacrificed everything in life to realize his dream of creating the perfect Chateau Montelena. Yet despite the fact that Jim's Napa Valley vineyard has great potential, his son, Bo (Chris Pine), doesn't seem to have much interest in the family business. Most days, Jim and Bo can be found trading blows in their backyard boxing ring -- their attempts to knock a bit of sense into one another usually amounting to naught. Meanwhile, in Paris, British expatriate Steven Spurrier (Alan Rickman) finds necessity dictating that he educate Parisians on the latest wines to come out of California. Steven owns the Académie du Vin, and is eager to travel to the United States in order to ensure that he has conducted his research properly. Little did Steven and Jim realize that they were both on course for a chance meeting that would revolutionize the wine industry while opening up a whole new world of possibilities for wine lovers everywhere.
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- 20th Century Fox
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- [Wide Screen, Color]
- [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Cast & Crew
|Randall Miller||Director,Editor,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter|
|Bill Abraham||Associate Producer|
|Mark Adler||Score Composer|
|Robert Baizer||Executive Producer|
|Tim Bellen||Camera Operator|
|Randall Bingham||Associate Producer|
|Erik Cleage||Executive Producer|
|John Colton||Associate Producer|
|Joe Davis||Executive Producer|
|Merv Davis||Executive Producer|
|J. Todd Harris||Producer|
|Diane Jacobs||Executive Producer|
|Art Klein||Executive Producer|
|Jillian Ann Kreiner||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jack Miller||Associate Producer|
|Lannette Pabon||Original Story|
|Brian F. Relyea||Associate Producer,Asst. Director|
|Dennis S. Sands||Sound Mixer|
|Jody Savin||Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter|
|Dan Schryer||Executive Producer|
|Ross Schwartz||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Mario Signore||Camera Operator|
|Craig Stearns||Production Designer|
|Nelson Stoll||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Phil Trubey||Associate Producer|
|Frank Williams||Associate Producer|
1. Main Titles [2:23]
2. Calistoga, 1976 [1:44]
3. Academy of Wine [5:17]
4. Broken Places [2:18]
5. Promotion's the Key [3:18]
6. You Didn't Say Please [:42]
7. In His Blood [2:11]
8. I Hate Secrets [6:07]
9. You're a Snob [2:14]
10. Taking On the French [3:39]
11. He Pays for It? [:27]
12. No Ambition [2:26]
13. On Your Own [4:06]
14. Worshipping the Vine [4:17]
15. Galileo's Sunlight [3:15]
16. Bubble of Surprise [1:57]
17. Did You Sleep With Her? [5:56]
18. One Per Passenger [3:52]
19. It's Brown [:03]
20. Too Perfect! [3:37]
21. Just a Scruffy Brown Dog [2:35]
22. That Is Some Chardonnay! [5:40]
23. My Vote Goes to Bo [2:12]
24. A Tough Bunch [1:25]
25. Tallying the Vote [3:43]
26. Welcome to the Future [4:03]
27. At the Smithsonian [5:10]
28. End Titles [:13]
English 5.1 Dolby Surround
Commentary by Randall Miller, Jody Savin, Ross Schwartz, Lannette Pabon, Chris PIne, J. Todd Harris, Bill Pullman & Eliza Dushku
Commentary by Randall Miller, Jody Savin, Ross Schwartz, Lannette Pabon, Chris Pine, J. Todd Harris, Bill Pullman & Eliza Dushku: On/Off
An Underdog's Journey: The Making of Bottle Shock
Chateau Montelena: One Winery's Search for Excellence
"It Was Just Sex"
The Second Wine Scam
Bo and Sam Make Love
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This was one of those quiet, Sunday afternoon movies. It's based on a true story, which makes it even more interesting. The "special features" has interviews with the actual people on which the story is based, so don't miss it.
Alan Rickman is great in this movie.
Oh, and the wine? It's VERY good.
I loved this movie. The acting was very good, Alan Rickman was outstanding, the supporting cast came in with very strong performances. The movie moved along at a decent pace at no time did I feel bored. I thought the film crew did a decent job of capturing the essence of the book "Judgement of Paris". In the 70's, Napa was still a sleepy little town, and in the valley, wine making was more of a passion than a big business. Of course that has all changed but it was wonderful to escape for 2hrs and revisit what once was. I do recommend buying the book "Judgement of Paris" as it ties the loose end of the movie and is an interesting read as well. Great for a Sunday afternoon.
A really interesting story, well told. Alan Rickman was great as usual. Refreshing to watch a good story without all the noisy special effects.
Alan Rickman is such a great actor. I have always appreciated his comedic timing as well as, his range of characters and ability to make them his own. He dose not dissappoint in this little gem. Being a child of the early 60"s the music is wonderful, the story was a interesting surprise for me, knowing very little of the history of wine making in America. All I can say is "try this movie." I think you will be pleasantly surprised and entertained. Salude!!
Bottle Shock is a treat for any wine lover who has wondered how California was able to meet and match France on the winemaking plain. From a humble beginning the California winemakers kept the dream alive even if it was only for each other's delight. Bottle Shock portrays eminent winemakers in their infancy & their innocence. The plot, characterization, and humor make for great entertainment. The characters are compelling & I had to watch it a second time to see if I could figure out who all the real winemakers were. Alan Rickman is pitch perfect, as always, and a perfect foil to the laid-back Californians. The plot and action move effortlessly and the viewer learns a few secrets about winemaking. I'm a restaurateur & a Wine Spectator Award winner...and I loved this movie. I bought it for my staff to watch & I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in wine.
This looked to be a witty and delightful movie BUT the DVD was defective and kept skipping and freezing. <SIGH> Be sure to watch yours before the 14 days are up.
I loved "Bottle Shock", but I must say I think I'm in the minority. It is a slow-paced movie, so if you want a zippy, quippy, clipped-and-quick moving film, this isn't for you. But it is clever, visually lovely, and all the better because it's a true story. And of course few actors can do snide quite as well as Alan Rickman! Seeing him travel through California vineyards and encounter one quality wine after another, forcing him against his inclinations, to admit that the wine was not only good but REALLY good, is very funny. The subplot (obligatory romance between young pretty people) is weak, but not horrible.
I love movies based on true events and this was one of those. However, the story moved SO slowly that I was impatient at times watching it. LOVED the parts that showed the California wine country - the opening scene was incredible. The acting was "OK". The parts that explained about wine making were very interesting. It makes you realize how risky the whole business is. I also thought the prediction made at the end of the movie about how we would be seeing wines from all over the world was great since the prediction was made in the 1970's and it has definitely come to pass.
So totally off!!! The real story is found in the book "Judgement in Paris" which is very good. The scriptwriter took the oddest pieces of the book and twisted them to make a semi interesting movie. Bo in Paris? Barrett as the master winemaker? Spurrier as a witless englishman? Where are the real winemakers?
Bought this dvd because we own a vineyard... The start was extremely slow... Having sex scenes not a plus... As the movie progressed it was very funny and my husband and I enjoyed the movie...
This is based upon a true story.
Excellent for anyone that has traveled the Sonoma/Napa valleys!!!