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Bottle Shock

  • Film

Time Out says

The 1976 ‘Judgment of Paris’, when French wine experts pitted Bordeaux and Burgundy against rivals from California’s Napa Valley, is one of those underdog tales invented for cinema. In the event, it is and it isn’t, for although rooting against the snooty French is a given, the outcome’s so obvious there’s little surprise, and the shambling set-up means a long haul towards the finale.

Alan Rickman plays Steven Spurrier (the English wine merchant who initiated the event) with a low-key rendering of the actor’s familiar pinched scorn, yet elsewhere the movie trips over a scattering of Californian sub-plots, shuffling Bill Pullman’s vineyard owner, Chris Pine as his son, and Freddy Rodriguez as a Hispanic cellar rat with a patch of his own. Director Randall Miller aims for jollity, but the crass comedy is misplaced, and faking the Parisian scenes a doomed enterprise. The facts pull it through, just.
Written by Trevor Johnston

Release Details

  • Rated:12A
  • Release date:Friday 20 March 2009
  • Duration:108 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Randall Miller
  • Cast:
    • Alan Rickman
    • Bill Pullman
    • Chris Pine
    • Freddy Rodriguez
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