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Language: English
Category: Movie / Action / Adventure / Romance / Comedy
Original Title: Year of the Comet
Director: Peter Yates
Writers: William Goldman
Released: 1992
Duration: 1h 31min
Video type: Movie
An extremely rare bottle of wine (bottled during the appearance of the Great Comet of 1811) is discovered. Margaret Harwood is sent to retrieve it so it can be sold at auction. Oliver Plexico is assigned as her travel guide/bodyguard for the trip. However, other people desperately want the bottle and will stop at nothing to get it. A simple little trip becomes an international chase.


Cast overview, first billed only:
Penelope Ann Miller Penelope Ann Miller - Margaret Harwood
Tim Daly Tim Daly - Oliver Plexico
Louis Jourdan Louis Jourdan - Philippe
Art Malik Art Malik - Nico
Ian Richardson Ian Richardson - Sir Mason Harwood
Ian McNeice Ian McNeice - Ian
Tim Bentinck Tim Bentinck - Richard Harwood (as Timothy Bentinck)
Julia McCarthy Julia McCarthy - Landlady
Jacques Mathou Jacques Mathou - Doctor Roget
Arturo Venegas Arturo Venegas - Luis
Chapman Roberts Chapman Roberts - John
Nick Brimble Nick Brimble - Jamie
Andrew Robertson Andrew Robertson - Scottish Farmer
Shane Rimmer Shane Rimmer - T.T. Kelleher
Nicholas Ward Jackson Nicholas Ward Jackson - Snobbish Wine Taster

This was Louis Jourdan's final film before his death on February 14, 2015 at the age of 93.

William Goldman's first original screenplay since Zwei Banditen (1969).

Although many viewers take it for granted that the comet of the title is Halley's Comet, this is not specifically stated in the film. In fact, the comet of the title was the Great Comet of 1811 (formally designated C/1811 F1 by astronomers). Halley's Comet, which appears only every 75 to 76 years, appeared in 1758 and 1835; it did not appear in 1811.

Robert Hardy was listed in UK trades when production started as being in this project

David Bamber was listed being in this film in UK Trades when filming started

William Goldman envisioned Glenda Jackson for the female lead when he wrote the script in 1978.

Oscar winning composer John Barry wrote a score for the film, but it was rejected and a new one written by Hummie Mann was subsequently commissioned.

The original title for this movie was "A Very Good Year". Trailers were shown with that title, but it was changed prior to the movie's actual release.

Reviews: [23]

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    In an obvious homage to the wacky films of the '40's and '50's, year of the Comet is very good at being what it is - a fluffy film to be enjoyed lightly. It won't cure cancer, it won't change your political ideology, but it will make you smile, laugh, and have a nice 2 hours.

    Tim Daly is effortlessly charming and Miss Miller is properly wholesome, as the role demands. Nice one-liners and recurring jokes, a frothy but well-paced plot, and some excellent performances by character actors in supporting roles (I especially love the Scottish mother) make it easy to watch and enjoy.

    Well, unless you want explosions and political subtext.
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    "They were your friends!" cries Maggie Harwood when she walks in on the pistol-holding, aged but well preserved Philippe. Lying on the rug behind him are his two, now dead, associates. "Well,' says Philippe, "we weren't that close."

    Maggie (Penelope Ann Miller) is the heroine in this romantic comedy thriller. While the hero is the overly handsome, strong-jawed and mustachioed Oliver Plexico (Tim Daly), the real sex appeal comes from Philippe as played by 73-year-old Louis Jourdan. This was his last film. While many may remember him as the dashing and love-struck Gaston Lachaille in Gigi, he remains more fondly in my heart as Dr. Arcane in Swamp Thing. Like Dr. Arcane, Philippe is an incorrigibly well-mannered, egocentric and murderous creep. I suspect there are few actors as good as Jourdan who would be willing to semi-sing, while smacking his lips, leering and snapping his fingers, "There are chicks just ripe for some kissin' / And I mean to kiss me a few! / Then those chicks don't know what they're missin' / I got a lot of livin' to do!"

    Jourdan does it. It's grotesquely funny.

    The Year of the Comet is all about wine, and especially about an extraordinarily rare bottle of wine, an 1811 Lafite, that was once part of Bonaparte's cellar. In auction it could bring at least a million dollars. Maggie, who works for her father, the wine merchant Sir Mason Harwood (Ian Richardson), is sent to Scotland to appraise an extensive wine collection that Harwood and Company may be commissioned to place in auction. Maggie, who knows almost as much about wine as her father, may be "a funny, over-worked ragamuffin" but she got the assignment from her father by telling him he either gives her this chance to show just how good she is or she's quitting. Now she's knocking on the great oaken door of an isolated Scottish castle to appraise the wine. Unknown to Maggie, she's interrupting the torture of the owner by Philippe and his men. Philippe assures his victim that shoving the hypodermic needle with a certain drug right in the eyeball won't interfere with the man's vision...although it will cause exquisite pain later with each blink. All that we know is that there is a formula Philippe is determined to have. Maggie is taken to the cellar and this is when, brushing off centuries of cobwebs and grime while she looks at these hundreds of encrusted wine bottles, she makes her discovery...the 1811 Lafite. And it's just a short while later that Maggie makes more discoveries. First, she finds Oliver looking for her, the man who prefers beer and calls wine a beverage. She met him at a wine tasting at Harwoods. She and Oliver discover the body of the owner in the wine cellar and they discover Philippe and his crew absconding with the bottle of Lafite.

    The chase is on! Sometimes Maggie and Oliver chase Philippe. Sometimes he's chasing them. They chase around with cars, motorbikes, helicopters, airplanes and rowboats. They chase scenically through the cold, rocky mountains of Scotland and the warm slopes of the French Rivera. Maggie and Oliver bicker, kiss, bicker, fall in love and bicker. And then they wind up having to listen to Philippe sing "Gotta lotta livin' to do." By now we've realized (this is no spoiler) that this adventure has as much to do with the secret formula and glands as it has to do with wine.

    Year of the Comet strains to be a Hitchcock romantic thriller. While it doesn't come close it's an engaging, undemanding romp. The script is by William Goldman, a man who knows what he's doing with this sort of thing. Try Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or The Princess Bride. He works wonders with the clichés he deliberately uses. The direction, however, is a letdown. It's clunky and never lets the script build much steam, either in the chases or in the romance department. I don't know what happened to Peter Yates, but the director of Bullitt, Breaking Away and Eyewitness just doesn't seem engaged. Miller and Daly are attractive enough, although Daly is better at being handsome than at being an amusing speaker of clever lines. Cary Grant needn't worry. The real pleasures of the movie, other than the plot, are Louis Jourdan (now nearly 90 and living in France) and Ian Richardson, such a sly actor. Ian McNeice as one of Philippe's men holds his own.

    Year of the Comet is amusing fluff, undemanding and a pleasant adventure. I liked it enough to have watched it twice in four years.
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    The movie revolves around Penelope Ann Miller's character discovering, first a hidden wine cellar at a castle she's sent to catalog for her father's auction house.

    Then she found a case holding a very large bottle...possibly Balthazar or even Nebudchannazer, of a 1811 Ch. Lafite...from a Year of the Comet, a vintage much more successful than the later 1887 Year of the Comet. Haley's, that is.

    The movie becomes a romantic adventure-comedy, with Tim Daly pulling the Hero parts off. Louis Jourdan has the role of Mad Scientist, which he'd become excellent at :)

    The huge surprise comes at the end, when the bottle is auctioned off and a surprise bidder buys it. And THEN shocks EVERYONE in the auction room by OPENING it. And selling glasses for, I think, ten-thousand dollars a glass, made out to a favorite charity.

    Daly and Miller of course become an item.

    This movie is beloved of wine geeks, like me. My nick in other worlds is the Winestone Cowboy (VBG)
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    This movie was poorly promoted by the companies behind it - even though it is a great movie. This is one of the best romantic comedies I have ever seen. If you liked "The Cutting Edge" or "Romancing the Stone," you will like this one. I highly recommend it!
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    As someone who very rarely leaves comments, I just want to say how much I have enjoyed this film. In fact the chances are I would have never watched this film, as its not the type of film I would have ever sought out, nor was I ever a fan of the lead stars.

    As it was back in 1993 I happened to be working in a video store in which we were only permitted to watch PG films in-store for obvious reasons. This happened to be a new release which I put on one day. Generally I would have put it one and forgot about about it, like so many other films. However I was initially actually attracted to it by its soundtrack, then the fact it was filmed in Britain, made me more interested as at the time I preferred to watch British films, usually for their added realism.

    Soon I was hooked to the film, although the acting looked a bit corny, I thought it was deliberate, and the dialogue was actually quite funny in its downbeat style. The story made the film a bit like a road movie with both lead characters initially almost irritated by each other. But the adventure they go on as they hunt for the elusive bottle of rare wine.

    By the end of it I was in love with Penelope Ann Miller and almost whooping at Tim Daly. In fact I liked it so much over the course of 18 months I watched it around 25 times! I wouldn't claim its to everyone's taste, however if you want to watch an enjoyable film for a quiet night in, watch Year Of The Comet, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
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    The Year of the Comet is in a genre that is the perfect date movie. It is a romantic comedy that is in the guise of an action thriller.

    This was William Goldman's first original script since Butch Cassidy. The film even features two actors from the Bond films: Art Malik and Louis Jourdan.

    Go rent this movie if you want a surprising, unexpected treat.
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    I thought it was a light hearted comedy, made me laugh.

    It was just full of fun and entertainment.

    The actors roles also poked a little fun at the nationality of all involved in this escapade as well as trying their hand at a Scottish or English accent was amusing.

    It did show just how beautiful Scotland can be even when a helicopter lands on a croft scaring the poor farmers sheep! Taking us on a tour trying to catch up with the crooks who were always bungling everything they tried to was also funny.

    Its a film that if you need to laugh or feel good, its one that will work for most people.
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    This film is seen by quite a few people as a bit of a turkey but I liked it very much. One other correspondent said he watched it for Ian Richardson and Nick Brimble but my main reason for watching it was Penelope Ann Miller (as with Other People's Money). She's just gorgeous and the scene where Timothy Daly says "the first time I saw you I wanted to sleep with you" touched a chord with me. She's the epitome of the beautiful heroine. I'm a bit of a munro-bagger and have climbed a few of the mountains in the background of a few scenes in this film. Hummie Mann produced some nice celtic music for the Scottish scenes. It puzzles me though how Timothy Daly's character could remain so fit looking despite consuming vast quantities of beer (so addicted he'd brink a can of Bud in a sauna). I admit it could have been better given the vast assemblage of talent involved in it but Penelope Ann Miller brightens up the worst turkey.
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    I will admit this isn't one of the best films ever made, but it happens to be one of my favorites. I even purchased an additional tape just in case the first one breaks. Penelope Ann Miller is driving force behind all of this. In my opinion, this was her best performance, ever. Unfortunately, that isn't too saying much because she isn't that great of an actress-oh well, no one is perfect. Anyway, she fascinates me and I have a gut feeling that she is just amazing women. And I'm not just referring to the physical aspects. There are plenty of beautiful actresses out there. She is special because she is sexy and smart-not an easy combination to find. Of all the actress that I can think of, there are very few other examples.
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    I don't know why so many people think this is a bad film. I guess I'm no critic but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Beautiful locations. Attractive stars. And the "underdog" doesn't stay under for long. I'ts not rocket science, but who wants to watch rocket science at the end of a tough day. It's fun, romantic and something you can watch even if the kids are around. I'd give it the full 10 stars!
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    With Peter Yates, the cutting-edge director of "Bullitt" and "Eyewitness", Penelope Ann Miller, the gifted, fresh-faced 'Girl Next Door' who would reveal a breathtaking figure and sexuality in "Carlitto's Way", and Tim Daly, the handsome, witty star of TV's "Wings", involved in this film, all the elements were in place for a sexy, exciting "Romancing the Stone"-style adventure...but "Year of the Comet" would prove, instead, to be a pale shadow, a mish-mash of retread plot twists, silly climaxes, and uninspired performances.

    The story, of an 'ugly duckling' daughter of a wine-selling family (Miller), journeying to Scotland to appraise an estate's wine cellar, and discovering a near-priceless Napoleonic vintage, might have, by itself, made a fair film...but tossing in subplots involving a suave villain (the legendary Louis Jordan, echoing his performance in "Octopussy") searching for a 'Fountain of Youth' formula while hiding in the castle, and a Scottish thug who steals the bottle (leading to an illogical helicopter/car/rowboat chase) manages to 'dumb down' the plot beyond redemption. Adding a final unsurprising twist...that Miller's companion through her 'adventures' (Daly) is actually rich (one wonders how he keeps his money, as blithely unconcerned and free-spending as he is)...simply cements the film as nothing more than a time-passer.

    There are a few 'pluses' that keep the film from being a total waste; Scotland is, as always, gloriously beautiful; Jordan's head 'henchman' (the wonderful Nick Brimble) is a hoot, particularly when trying to pass himself off as a Scot police inspector; and Hummie Mann's score, influenced by traditional themes, is lovely, when the dumb dialog doesn't interrupt it!

    How sad, so bad!
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    I found this to be a small film full of heart, a charming, winsome example of how powerful the story of two people can be. Full of humor, breathtaking scenery, and quirky characters, it's an enjoyable film to see again and again.

    Tim Daly turned in an engaging performance as the mostly bemused Oliver Plexico. Penelope Ann Miller, later seen to devastating effect in The Shadow, turns in a light but powerful performance as the determined Margaret Harwood. Together, they battle enraged farmers, violent scientists, and each other before true love wins out--and the ending is as charming, quirky, and brow-raising as the rest of the film.

    Truly, a wonderfully intimate little film about the perils of the wine business--and falling in love.
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    In his book "Which Lie Did I Tell?", screenwriter William (The Princess Bride) Goldman talked in detail about how this film became doomed after a sneak preview screening ended with nearly the entire audience fleeing the theater by the half-hour mark (or so I remember reading).

    While this film isn't as bad as it sounded, I still gave up on it halfway through.

    To paraphrase The Unknown Movies website, it's rather hard to tell whether Goldman wanted to ape Romancing the Stone (a much better film, of course), especially considering he has long criticized Hollywood for avoiding original stories. On the other hand, the finished film seemed unbelievably rushed; it's as if I was watching a movie on television that had already joined in progress following a baseball game, or something.

    So yeah, don't bother, unless you're really curious. I'll leave you with one amusing thing, however: when I turned off the tape, it was during the scene where Penelope Ann Miller and Tim Daly were in the helicopter as it was spiraling down to its doom; I just turned it off and quipped, "And the helicopter crashed and they both died. The end."
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    It is a little bit cheesy but very entertaining movie. Sometimes the scenes are too exaggerated but especially with the performance of the male lead, it is very funny and entertaining. This movie made me feel like the actors and the producers enjoyed making it as much as I did when I watched it. There is some sort of easiness and natural flow in the storytelling.

    I must admit I am a big fan of the lead actor, Tom Daly, from the TV show "Wings". I think he is really funny yet gorgeous. In this movie, he is the goofy and not-so-gentleman American chasing after this elegant European girl. Of course, the situations and contradictions are not very original, they are almost cliché, but he is very good at giving it a personal touch. I don't like writing spoilers but without giving away too much I must say, pay attention to the scene where he is in great pain after confronting the bottle box thieves, or when he is under the window of the girl. Also, the scene where he is trying to stall the bad guy saying "Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, .." numerous times. He definitely gives 110% effort in creating his character. Especially the mustache, funny, ridiculous yet still charming.. :) The lead actress is funny and beautiful, definitely carrying the hidden treasures of a beautiful,naive, stubborn and yet intelligent and diligent girl. Also, it is amazing how different she can look in different scenes, scenery, costumes, etc. But I must say, I am not that much impressed with her acting; a little weak compared to the main guy.

    The supporting actors are great, too. I liked the lady who runs the local hotel/b&b talking to her son! Don't expect an Oscar-winning moment but truly delightful for a night in your cozy home with someone you love (guys,you will have fun, too, believe me) :)
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    Lighthearted romantic comedy / adventure film that pays homage to the genre's classics from Hollywood Golden Era, in the vein of the resurgence of this kind of films in the 80's such as "High Road to China" ('83), "Romancing the Stone" ('84) and similar in tone to "American Dreamer" (also from '84) and "Miracles" ('86) with elements of a thriller, but in an uncommitted & unpretentious way, thrown into it.

    The locations were very well spotted, from Scotland's Highlands to French Riviera, with veteran Peter Yates (the man behind such cult movies as "Bullitt" or "The Dresser") on the helm, offering a laid-back direction just for the fun of it, based on an original story by screenwriter William Goldman (who penned more 'serious' & intricate scripts like "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" or "Marathon Man"), both doing a movie about one of their favorite things in life: red wine.

    Penelope Ann Miller, then a rising star, fresh from her co-starring roles in "The Freshman", "Awakenings", "Kindergarten Cop" and "Other People's Money" got her first leading role here as the mousy Margaret Harwood, the daughter of a posh wine merchant, Sir Mason Harwood (Ian Richardson), that discovers a rare bottle of wine, a vintage 1811 (sealed in the year of the comet) bearing a Napoleon's seal, in the cellar of an old Scottish Manor. This valuable antique is sold to a millionaire who sends his friend, Oliver Plexico (Tim Daly) to retrieve the bottle, but there are a bunch of unscrupulous competitors who want this find for themselves. Together, Margaret and Oliver will live the adventure of their lives, finding love along the way...

    "Year of the Comet" is a harmless piece of escapism, nice to watch on a typical lazy Sunday afternoon: the characters are charming and interesting to follow; the plot is way too cartoon-ish to be believed, but applying the suspension of disbelief it works almost like a spoof of the genre, grabbing a less demanding audience and providing them a good way to spend a hour and a half.

    Penelope Ann Miller and Tim Daly (sporting a sort of Tom Selleck's mustache) gave the best on their performances, the two have chemistry together and they delivered the goods with the heart on the material, unfortunately the critical and Box Office failure, killed their careers as leading performers. Miller still had the chance to work in the high profile, Brian De Palma's "Carlito's Way" (which got her some critical praise and was nominated for a Golden Globe), but after she has disclosed about her affair with the co-star and then a married man, Al Pacino, her career stalled and Tim Daly plans to aspire as a virile / charming leading star like Michael Douglas, went down the toilet, too. The classic french leading star, Louis Jourdan gives here his last breath on-screen, after more than 50 years of hard work in the business, offering a funny, witty and over-the-top performance as the stylish villain, a mix of his roles as the James Bond's nemesis in "Octopussy" and the evil Doctor Anton Arcane in "Swamp Thing" and its sequel.

    In short, "Year of the Comet" was unfairly bashed when it was released, even if it isn't a great movie, it deserved better fate. Maybe if it was produced in the 80's, could have found an audience, but by 1992, the movie-goers were over-saturated of this peculiar genre and moved on to a more darker films...
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    What a terrible shame this movie turned out so bad. Within the first five minutes of watching this film I wanted to see MORE. YES, I was excited. Then after five more minutes into this drama/thriller, I'm tearing my hair out. What was with the terrible attempts at trying to add some humour?? The bottle of wine was worth a LOT of money. Why the messing around?? The guy was left hanging on the side of a building for far too long. And the silly Greek guy at the airport, blah blah blah. I'm surprised it didn't become a MUSICAL!! This film had the potential to be good...very good!!.. only to be spoiled by the failed humour and ridiculous ending. The only saver was the beautiful Scottish scenery. If you value your spare time, then don't waste your time on this one!! 2.5/10
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    Take "39 Steps" and add variations on the theme. Here you get two MacGuffins for the price of one. Louis Jordan and his handful of goons are after a youth formula concealed in the label on a bottle of Napoleon's Lafitte 1811 in the secret wine cellar of a castle on the Isle of Skye. The bottle itself, the size of a rather large fire extinguisher, is worth millions of dollars all by itself. A sweet old Scottish lady learns of the bottle and dispatches her son to steal it. "Ken I kill 'em?", he asks. The old lady shakes her head in loving resignation, "Ach, what's a mother to dew? Only if you have tew." The mother and son plot is soon dispensed with and Jourdan becomes the chief villain. The pursuit takes them to the French Riviera for reasons I didn't understand.

    Penelope Ann Miller is the wine expert who discovers the ancient bottle. She soon picks up a young man as a companion, Tim Daly, who flies helicopters, falls in love with Miller, and owns a billion dollar corporation. Does she reciprocate? Does he get to show off his rock-hard abs? Do the loving pair defeat Jourdan? Does he wind up buying Napoleon's wine? Do they taste the wine at the couple's wedding? Has the wine turned to vinegar? Are you kidding? The screenplay is by William Goldman, a pro who has produced some interesting things among a cloud of clunkers. It was directed by Peter Yates, which is hard to believe because this playful romantic story of wine snobs and thieves is so different from his distinctive work on films like "Bullitt", "Marathon Man," and "Robbery." Even Yates' failure, like "Murphy's War," are exceptional. This story isn't. It's rather like a cartoon.

    Penelope Ann Miller is a strange actress. There nothing strange about her appearance. She's pretty in a way that some women in the local supermarket are pretty. She's by no means stunning, as, say, somebody with more exotic looks is, like Madeleine Stowe. And she's not extraordinarily sexy, like Elizabeth Hurley or Angelina Jolie. She looks like one of the more attractive girls in a high school chemistry class, the sort that some of the young men with too many pimples dream about before they go to sleep. Her profile is perfect and belongs on an old Medici coin. She's not an outstanding actress, although still competent and affecting.

    Compared to Tim Daly, she is Eleanora Duse. Daly is brusquely handsome, I guess, in a Magnum PI kind of way, and he's constantly compelled to run around in a bath towel so we see his abs and sinewy limbs and those brachial veins like logs. His performance belongs in a television movie. I didn't like him. I'm staggeringly handsome myself but I'm reminded of a New Yorker cartoon. Two hippos are in the river staring at a gazelle drinking from the bank. One hippo says to the other, "I hate her." Why should Miller wind up in Daly's arms instead of mine? He can pay five million dollars for a bottle of stupid wine and I can't. There is no other rational explanation.

    But here is Louis Jourdan. He hardly needs that youth serum. He was 70 when this was shot and he looks just fine. His voice is still that Gallic baritone, though perhaps a little gravelly. He's slim, well-dressed, debonair, as usual, and has a chance to overact unconscionably and seems to be enjoying himself. Good for him.

    There are some picture-postcard shots of Scotland that are very appealing. Less so, the Riviera. But the overall impact of the film is minor, as if everyone -- writer, director, performers, crew -- were all on vacation, breezing along with the breeze. If you don't expect too much, it can distract you for an hour and a half.
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    William Golman says this is his most hurtful failure ("Which Lie Did I Tell" - published around 2000). Not just a movie that didn't do well at the box-office for some reason, a real stinking dud. He seems at a loss to understand what was wrong. His only hint is that people don't care about red wine. Wrong wrong wrong. Red wine in this movie is only part of the scenery, and the big heavy unbreakable bottle of Château Lafite 1811 (Year of the Comet) is just a McGuffin, albeit a poor one.

    So William Goldman can't understand why people left, or more accurately fled, the free advance screening in Sherman Oaks that fateful night in 1992. Well the movie is really bad. Exposition is heavy handed, the girl is nice but the character passive and bland, the boy is just weak. Goldman had Cary Grant in mind to picture the male lead, well, let's just say that this cute boy Daly is hardly a decent supporting actor.

    The movie is totally silly and Peter Yates fails to bring it to the level of an action comedy. Louis Jourdan's last job is what's most in line with a silly funny movie, the rest is mostly a script that doesn't take its story seriously enough for the big fat cheap jokes to work.

    And by the way Year of the Comet is a really bad title for something that has as much to do with astronomy as with wine.
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    Off-beat quirky romance / semi-adventure film. If you like the more indie-film vibe, this movie is for you. It is a little predictable, woman has a job to do, man has to go with her for protection, and despite their opposite personalities and the plot twists, of course they fall in love. Main character, Margaret, is sent to retrieve a valuable bottle of wine to sell at auction...and Oliver is sent with her to protect her. But of course, others are out to get the bottle for themselves (this is where the adventure comes in). It does move slow in some parts but overall I had a good feeling when the closing credits appeared. I'm glad I saw this at home with a pause button and some of my own wine. So, sit back and open a bottle of your favorite wine and enjoy.
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    I have walked out of about 6 movies my entire life. This was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I don't know how I sat through an hour of it. I must have been in a coma that night. I saw it in the theatre when it came out 8 years ago. I couldn't even remember the name, but I knew that Penelope Ann Miller starred in it. It must have really affected me to be wasting my time commenting on it today. Yech! Vomit! Barf!
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    This film was a total bore! The only reasons I watched it were Ian Richardson and Nick Brimble. The so-called "romantic leads" were extremely annoying and unlikeable. The plot line was excruciatingly dull and the lead actors were absolutely dreadful. I kept hoping they would get killed soon. The only reason I even saw this film disaster was that my PBS station went off the air and the closest tv channel was broadcasting this waste of celluloid. I saw Ian Richardson and decided I would tune in. I saw those awful "romantic lead" actors, who I have never heard of previously, and was about to tune out. Then I saw Nick Brimble and thought I'd watch this awful film. He died in the film and I should have turned the tv off! I kept hoping he'd come back to life and kill those two awful lead actors! No such luck! Don't waste your time. Stupid dialogue! Boring premise! Yuck!
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    The two protagonists are charming and show considerable chemistry. There are also some funny scenes and one-liners to enjoy. Sadly all of this is wasted on a disjointed and mediocre little movie. Even the title is strangely misguided. Imagine, say, that you want to make a movie about the violent life and times of Cold War spies, who, occasionaly, meet near a train station in order to exchange coded messages. Would you name the movie after an antique locomotive ? Or after a certain kind of brisket that Stephenson liked to eat ? Or after the first cow killed by a train in the state of Ohio ?

    Spare a thought for poor Mr. Jourdan, who looks as though he is planning to fire his agent by tying him to a barrel of gunpower.
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    On a rainy Sunday afternoon this would be fun with a friend. It's a silly, fluffy and self-indulgent love story, something that 50 years ago Cary Grant might have done. So what if background details are left out and the plot is nonsensical? It's a romance. (Okay, and the dialogue is sometimes a bit too cutesy and the hero does remind you constantly and annoyingly of The Sundance Kid.) There's room in the world for romp and caper and chase films too. (I only wish the scenery had been used a bit more. Both the Isle of Skye and Monaco can be charming places.) I liked the film when it first came out and watching it last night I enjoyed it again. Thanks, Bill.