Bottle Shock

Bottle Shock

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DVD - 2008
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In Napa Valley in 1976, wine connoisseur Steven Spurrier, who believes that French wine is the best, challenges American vinters to a blind tasting. Based on a true story.
Publisher: Montréal : Alliance Vivafilm : Distributed in Canada by Alliance Films, [2008]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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greenacres
Jan 19, 2016

I watched this film again to see wonderful Alan Rickman. He plays a French wine merchant who dreams of expanding his selection to include California wines. The gorgeous Chris Pine couldn't look worse playing a "hippy" with a really bad wig. Drink with a glass of California chardonnay and you really won't care what Chris looks like; you'll just be happy that buttery, creamy, oaked California Chardonnay can be purchased at your local LCBO.

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ncs1961
Sep 13, 2014

Well, I'm sure there is an interesting tale to be told about Nappa Valley in the 70's - but this is not it. Characters were mostly just introduced, but we never get to know them...admittedly, some we'd really rather not - two seem to have shown up on the wrong film. Rickman is witty as always.

hania4987 Sep 30, 2013

witty commentary on snobbery ... I only wish that Alan Rickman and Dennis Farina had more screen time

DebAK Jul 09, 2013

Very funny, enjoyable movie that tells the story of how California wines beat the French wines. Worth your time!

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Anondah
Jan 31, 2013

Much better movie than I expected. Feel good movie with a little intelligence and sophistication.

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megaculpa
Jun 06, 2012

Leaden dialogue, predictable story, tedious subplots. Alan Rickman manages to inject some much-needed humour, but the rest of the cast struggle to breathe life into this screenplay.

lms Apr 24, 2012

Bill Pullman elevates this comedic tale of a salient moment in the history of the California Wine Industry. Pullman plays a hard working vinter in Napa Valley discouraged by his lack of progress in getting his product recognized. There is a pivotal moment in the movie where Pullman's character loses all hope - and the acting is so real it just makes you shiver. Alan Rickman provides his usual sardonic but wonderful counterpoint to the grounded Pullman. Great cinematography too!

btmslt Jan 23, 2012

An interesting event. Is it really true that white wine which turns brown can return to it's normal color in a few days?

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bdls206
Sep 08, 2011

This is a fantastic movie with a remarkable cast, and incredible acting. This is no must see but I have enjoyed multiple viewings of this wonderful film. I would recommend this to fans of wry witty humor.

EuSei Jul 04, 2011

I don't like to comment on what others write, but I had to wonder where some people could find any "slapstick" style in this movie... Yes, there are some funny scenes, but that's all. There was even one reference to "slutty" love affairs; I guess some people forgot what the 70's was about. Yes, Rickman assassinated the French language, but I speak French fluently and it did not bother me, for not all people can pronounce another language perfectly; and after all, Rickman is British, not French! Yes, the soundtrack is not that of 1976 music, but it did not detract from the movie! Yes, Pine's wig is atrocious; but still, with all these drawbacks, you are driven into the story of how American persistence kicked French derrière! Wanna talk about chauvinism? Think of the French outrage and surprise--from which they never recovered!--at the result of the contest; after all, the wines were produced by those hicks, the Americans! (The French refused to use the synthetic corks Americans started using--but had to adopt them, or cope with even more loss!) I am not a wine connoisseuse, don't even like wine much, but found the movie worth watching from beginning to end. And way to go, Napa Valley! A MUST SEE.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Jan 24, 2016

Jim Barrett: Why don't I like you?
Steven Spurrier: Because you think I'm an arsehole. And I'm not, really. I'm just British and, well... you're not.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Jan 24, 2016

Steven Spurrier: Great wine is great art, my friend. I am, in effect, a shepherd... whose mission is to offer the public another form of great art and to guide its appreciation thereof.
Maurice: Well, a shepherd... by definition, needs a flock. And a business, by necessity... needs customers.

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bdls206
Sep 08, 2011

Gustavo Brambila: You people, you think you can just buy your way into this. You cannot do it that way.
Jim Barrett: Alright...
Gustavo Brambila: You have to have it in your blood, you have to grow up with the soil underneath your nails, the smell of the grapes in the air that you breathe. The cultivation of the vine was an art form. The refinement of the vine is a religion that requires pain and desire and sacrifice.

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bdls206
Sep 08, 2011

Jim Barrett: Why don't I like you?
Steven Spurrier: Because you think I'm an arsehole. And I'm not, really. I'm just British and, well... you're not.

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bdls206
Sep 08, 2011

Gustavo Brambila: She liked my wine... a lot.

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EuSei Nov 04, 2015

EuSei thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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bdls206
Sep 08, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Sep 08, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Sep 08, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Sep 08, 2011

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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