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Year of the Comet (1992)

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What seemed to be a simple little trip becomes an international chase, when an extremely rare bottle of wine's discovered (bottled during the appearance of the Great Comet of 1811). ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Yates

Writer:

William Goldman
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Cast

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

What seemed to be a simple little trip becomes an international chase, when an extremely rare bottle of wine's discovered (bottled during the appearance of the Great Comet of 1811). Margaret Harwood's sent to retrieve it so it can be auctioned. Oliver Plexico is her travel guide/bodyguard, because there's other people who desperately want this bottle, and they'll stop at nothing to get it. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com> [edited]

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A comedy about romance and other perilous adventures. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Margaret Harwood goes to the MacPherson Castle and encounters Philippe in the shots showing Margaret's face, you can see a hair stuck up on her head. When Philippe's face is shown you can see Margaret's hair is back in place. See more »

Quotes

Margaret Harwood: You know, Richard, the only good thing about me being your half-sister... is that the other half isn't!
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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Calzone (1996) See more »

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(I JUST NEED A PICK AXE TO BREAK YOUR) HEART OF STONE
Lyrics by Susan Marder
Music by Susan Marder and Hummie Mann
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With Talent Involved, What a Waste!
7 July 2005 | by cariartSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Very Good Year See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,350,939, 26 April 1992

Gross USA:

$2,791,515

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,791,515
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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