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Bottle Shock
- Alan Rickman

Overview - Looking for a way to boost his failing Parisian wine shop, a snobbish Brit named Steven Spurrier (Alan Rickman) heads to California's Napa Valley, preparing for a tasting contest he has set up, pitting his favorite French wines against up-and-coming vintages from California.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Looking for a way to boost his failing Parisian wine shop, a snobbish Brit named Steven Spurrier (Alan Rickman) heads to California's Napa Valley, preparing for a tasting contest he has set up, pitting his favorite French wines against up-and-coming vintages from California. He assumes that a victory by the French wines will spur people to flock to his store, but he is surprised to find that the California wines are not quite as awful as he had imagined. He is especially intrigued by a Chardonnay made by Jim Barrett (Bill Pullman) and his son, Bo (Chris Pine), at Chateau Montelena, but Jim is a perfectionist who never thinks his wine is ready and does not want to be involved in the contest, believing it will be a circus and an excuse to embarrass the California wineries. He has a tense relationship with his son, an easygoing surfer dude who seems more interested in the summer intern, Sam (Rachael Taylor), than working in the family business. Meanwhile, the rest of the Napa Valley vintners are excited about participating in the contest, including Gustavo (Freddy Rodriguez), one of Jim's best employees, who is making his own wine on the side with Garcia (Miguel Sandoval). As Spurrier gets closer to deciding which California wines will be selected for the contest, friendships and families threaten to tear apart and love blossoms. Based on a true story--Jim and Bo Barrett served as consultants on the film--BOTTLE SHOCK is a tasty treat, cowritten by husband-and-wife team Randall Miller and Jody Savin (with Ross Schwartz); Miller also serves as one of the editors and producers. Pullman is outstanding as the former corporate suit trying to live out his dream; the cast also includes Bradley Whitford and Eliza Dushku in small but important roles. The period soundtrack features several Doobie Brothers songs as well as 1970s tunes by America, Bad Company, and Foghat.

Cast List

Randall Miller - American Director
J. Todd Harris
Jody Savin - Producer/"Houseguest"
Rachel Taylor - Actor, SEE NO EVIL (2006)
Rachael Taylor - Actor, SEE NO EVIL (2006)
Miguel Sandoval - Actor
Mark Adler - Composer
Mark Toberoff - Producer
Marc Toberoff - Producer
Lannette Pabon - Story
Bill Pullman - American actor
Freddy Rodriguez - Puerto Rican actor, SIX FEET UNDER, POSEIDON
Ross Schwartz - Screenwriter
Alan Rickman - British Film/Stage Actor
Eliza Dushku - Actress/ TRUE LIES, Faith on "Buffy"
Chris Pine - Actor, PRINCESS DIAIRES 2 (2004)
Christopher Pine - Actor, PRINCESS DIAIRES 2 (2004)
Michael Ozier - Director of photography
Michael J. Ozier - Director of photography
Marc Lhormer - Producer
Brenda Lhormer - Producer
Dennis Farina - American TV/film actor, CRIME STORY (1985)
Bradley Whitford - Supporting actor
Dan O'Brien - Editor

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 108
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543565857
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (for brief strong language, some sexual content and a scene of drug use)
  • Release Date: August 2014

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Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
True Story
Love Triangle
Theatrical Release
Paris, France
Love Triangles
California
1970s
Fathers And Sons

 
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3 stars out of 4 -- "The performances, particularly those of Pine, Rodriguez and Pullman, are excellent....BOTTLE SHOCK is a watchable crowd-pleaser with an intriguing story to tell." - 08/05/2008 USA Today

 
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