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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".

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

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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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Official Sites:

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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:

$278,075, 10 August 2008

Gross USA:

$4,078,607

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,628,553
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Parisian street scenes were filmed in Sonoma, CA using cars provided by members of the Arcane Auto Society car club. The automobile's owners were used as extras in the street scenes that showed their cars. See more »

Goofs

When Spurrier leaves the tasting fee under the ashtray and the owner picks it up, it is a new style bill with the large numbers which were not in use until the nineties. 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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I Need You
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Great story with a bit of Hollywood editorializing
24 January 2008 | by lunacrickSee all my reviews

Yes, it may be a bit Hollywood-ized, but overall it's a fun film with a great cast. Alan Rickman is delightful as Stephen Spurrier (not portraying him as effete, as the real S. Spurrier complained of upon reading the screenplay), and Bill Pullman, Freddy Rodriguez, and Chris Pine all turn in great performances as well. Dennis Farina is an amusing and welcome addition if also because of his scenes with Rickman. One negative aspect is that the gorgeous and talented Rachael Taylor is not put to better use. Also, one very negative aspect is that the love plot is totally weird and seems an afterthought - the movie would have been a lot better without it.

That said, I really don't have other complaints, and I found the story interesting and basically just enjoyed the film. Sure, it may have some corny scenes, but geez.. when was the last time you watched a movie without a corny scene?? Just because you've seen the story before in, say, The Mighty Ducks, doesn't make it necessarily bad.

Also, for those who have issues with the facts of the story that have been changed, you can rent any number of documentaries on the story for free from your library - this film, might I remind you, declares itself "based" on a true story, which it is. I also highly recommend checking out George Taber's book, Judgment of Paris, which inspired this film.


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