Bottle Shock (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Bottle Shock (2008)
  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 7,014 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 19 September 2008 (Hong Kong)
  • Runtime: 110 min
  • Filming Location: Buena Vista Vinyards – 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma, California, USA
  • Gross: $4,016,669(USA)(12 October 2008)
  • Director: Randall Miller
  • Stars: Chris Pine, Alan Rickman and Bill Pullman
  • Original Music By: Mark Adler   
  • Soundtrack: Un bel di vedremo
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Wine | Chardonnay | Napa Valley | California | Napa

Writing Credits By:

  • Jody Savin (screenplay) &
  • Randall Miller (screenplay) and
  • Ross Schwartz (screenplay)
  • Ross Schwartz (story) &
  • Lannette Pabon (story) and
  • Jody Savin (story) &
  • Randall Miller (story)

Known 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.
  • Bill Pullman lost his sense of smell after a head injury and two-day coma.
  • Montgomery Paulsen, who plays an uncredited role as the wine store patron, is a professional winemaker by trade.
  • In-joke: Maurice (Dennis Farina) adds a wry reference to labor issues with film production during Scene 24 (minute 91:54) as guests and judges arrive. He claps his hands and in bad French urges a chauffeur to get moving and park the cars, followed by “Let’s go! You’re not a Teamster, ya know!”
  • The real Jim Barrett, owner of Chateau Montelena, appears in the film as a vineyard owner who pours a wine sample for Alan Rickman. Mike Grgich, the real-life winemaker at Chateau Montelena (and the man who was most responsible for the award-winning 1973 Montelena Chardonnay), appears in several scenes at the chateau, standing next to Bill Pullman as he takes a wine sample from a barrel.
  • The white car driving toward camera and out of frame immediately after the “Judgement of Paris” is a Jensen Interceptor.

Goofs: Continuity: At the end where Steven and Maurice are at Steve's wine academy store, they toast their wine glasses. Steve uses his right hand to Maurice using his left hand. When the camera angle changes (reverse shot), pointing outside the front glass display window to looking inside them, Maurice's hand changed to his right hand holding the wine glass.

Plot: 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". Full summary » |  »

Story: 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 <>  

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Produced By:

  • Robert Baizer known as executive producer
  • Erik Cleage known as executive producer
  • Joe Davis known as executive producer
  • Merv Davis known as executive producer
  • Elaine Dysinger known as co-producer
  • J. Todd Harris known as producer
  • Diane Jacobs known as executive producer
  • Art Klein known as executive producer
  • Brenda Lhormer known as producer
  • Marc Lhormer known as producer
  • Randall Miller known as producer
  • Jody Savin known as producer
  • Dan Schryer known as executive producer
  • Marc Toberoff known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Chris Pine known as Bo Barrett
  • Hal B. Klein known as Shenky
  • Alan Rickman known as Steven Spurrier
  • Bill Pullman known as Jim Barrett
  • Jean-Michel Richaud known as Maitre d'
  • Freddy Rodríguez known as Gustavo Brambila (as Freddy Rodriguez)
  • Rachael Taylor known as Sam Fulton
  • Eliza Dushku known as Joe
  • Kirk Baily known as Loan Officer
  • Dennis Farina known as Maurice Cantavale
  • Philippe Bergeron known as Pierre Tari
  • Bradley Whitford known as Professor Saunders
  • Louis Giambalvo known as George Taber
  • J.P. Gillain known as Pierre Bréjoux (as Jean-Pierre Gillain)
  • Greg Collins known as Trucker
  • Luis Saguar known as Man #1 (as Louis Saguar)
  • James Hiser known as Man #2
  • Geoff Callan known as Man #3
  • Miguel Sandoval known as Mr. Garcia
  • Marcia Firesten known as Karen Thompson
  • Matthew Kimbrough known as Michael Robbins
  • Laurie O'Brien known as Laura
  • Kathy McGraw known as Ms. Relyea
  • Joe Regalbuto known as Bill
  • Al Liner known as Hotel Clerk
  • Deborah O'Brien known as TWA Attendant
  • Brian Leonard known as Passenger #1
  • Karl-Heinz Teuber known as German Passenger
  • Maximilienne Ewalt known as Passenger #2
  • Frank Avila known as Field Hand
  • Richard Gross known as Lt. Randall
  • Mary Pat Gleason known as Marge
  • Valerie Long known as Vintner #2
  • James Carraway known as Vintner #3
  • Marian Filali known as Odette Kahn
  • Phillipe Simon known as Claude Dubois-Millot (as Philippe Simon)
  • André Tardieu known as Raymond Oliver (as Andre Tardieu)
  • Andre Mathieu known as Upscale Man
  • Jody Savin known as Upscale Woman
  • Mark Famiglietti known as Waiter
  • Randall Miller known as Patron
  • Roy Jimenez known as Shopkeeper
  • Anjuli Sanneman known as Girl Smoking Bong
  • Anita Argent known as French Wine Spectator (uncredited)
  • Amiée Conn known as Bo's Friend (uncredited)
  • John Crosthwaite known as Wine Spectator (uncredited)
  • Danielle Deffenbaugh known as French Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Leslie Goodman known as Wine Tasting Spectator (uncredited)
  • John Harden known as French Judge (uncredited)
  • Arlo Hemphill known as French Waiter (uncredited)
  • Larry Kitagawa known as Country Club Member (uncredited)
  • Jay Krueger known as Winery Driver (uncredited)
  • Krystal Landrum known as TWA Ticket Agent (uncredited)
  • Justin Malachi known as Valet (uncredited)
  • Hugo Martinez known as Vinyard worker (uncredited)
  • James Olea known as Motorcycle Rebel (uncredited)
  • Alden Olmsted known as Hotel Patron (uncredited)
  • Montgomery Paulsen known as Store Patron (uncredited)
  • Jeff Redlick known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Scott Updegrave known as Attorney (uncredited)
  • Mario Vendetti known as Valet (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Lynn Barber known as makeup department head
  • Aurora Bergere known as makeup artist
  • Robin Church known as key hair stylist
  • Debra Dietrich known as hair stylist
  • Marie Larkin known as hair department head

Art Department:

  • Thomas A. Barone known as propmaker (as Thomas A. Barone)
  • Nate Belove known as on-set dresser
  • James Burke known as on-set dresser
  • Richard W. Clot known as construction coordinator
  • Kelly Crist known as propmaker carpenter
  • Mike Helbig known as on-set dresser
  • Patrick Ludden known as assistant property master
  • John Micheletos known as leadman
  • Joel Morgante known as propmaker carpenter (as Joel Morante)
  • Annie Mueller known as assistant property master
  • Gregory A. Nahem known as painter
  • George Reade known as propmaker
  • Anna Rogers known as assistant property master
  • Karen Sorum known as lead scenic
  • Chris Ubick known as property master
  • David Vernali known as propmaker
  • Louis Visco known as set dresser
  • Mark Warren known as set dresser
  • Sean Wright known as construction foreman: propmaker
  • Katherine Covell known as set decorating buyer (uncredited)
  • Jody Weisenfeld known as set dresser (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • Shocking Bottle
  • Intellectual Properties Worldwide (I)
  • Unclaimed Freight Productions
  • Zin Haze Productions

Other Companies:

  • Alcomm Systems  IT/telecom services
  • American Eagle Studios  extras casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • FotoKem Film and Video  digital intermediate
  • Jolson Creative Image PR  publicity
  • Pacific Studios Inc.  chromatrans background
  • Paramount Pictures Scoring Stage M  music recorded at
  • Star Waggons  cast trailers
  • Star Waggons  hair and make-up trailers


  • European Film Partners (EFP) (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Freestyle Releasing (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Entertainment (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • CatchPlay (2009) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • Evolution Entertainment (2009) (Switzerland) (DVD)
  • Indies Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (retail)
  • Midget Entertainment (2009) (Denmark) (all media)
  • More Films (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Movie Bank (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (rental)
  • Nova Cinema (2010) (Greece) (TV)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Regan Copeland known as digital intermediate editor

Release Date:

  • USA 18 January 2008 (Sundance Film Festival)
  • USA 11 June 2008 (Maui Film Festival)
  • USA 14 June 2008 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • USA 8 August 2008 (limited)
  • Hong Kong 19 September 2008
  • Netherlands 20 September 2008 (Film by the Sea Film Festival)
  • Netherlands 2 October 2008
  • Singapore 9 October 2008
  • South Korea 13 November 2008
  • Belgium 4 February 2009
  • UK 20 March 2009
  • Australia 26 March 2009
  • Norway 3 April 2009
  • New Zealand 21 May 2009
  • Czech Republic 28 May 2009
  • Portugal 11 June 2009
  • Germany 25 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Spain 26 August 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Denmark 28 August 2009
  • Taiwan 20 November 2009
  • Israel 14 October 2010
  • Japan 2 July 2011 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual content and a scene of drug use


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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