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Petulia (1968)

An unhappily married socialite finds solace in the company of a recently divorced doctor.

Director:

Richard Lester

Writers:

Lawrence B. Marcus (screenplay), John Haase (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Christie ... Petulia Danner
George C. Scott ... Dr. Archie Bollen
Richard Chamberlain ... David Danner
Arthur Hill ... Barney
Shirley Knight ... Polo
Pippa Scott ... May
Kathleen Widdoes Kathleen Widdoes ... Wilma
Roger Bowen ... Warren
Richard Dysart ... Motel Receptionist
Ruth Kobart ... Nun
Ellen Geer ... Nun
Lou Gilbert Lou Gilbert ... Mr. Howard
Nate Esformes ... Mr. Mendoza (as Nat Esformes)
Maria Val Maria Val ... Mrs. Mendoza
Vincent Arias Vincent Arias ... Oliver
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Storyline

When she sees him at a hospital fund-raiser, newlywed San Francisco socialite Petulia Danner, who has been married to naval engineer David Danner for six months, seems determined to have an affair with soon to be divorced physician Dr. Archie Bollen, who has been married to his wife Polo for close to ten years, their marriage which many saw as being perfect. Archie doesn't even know Petulia's name, but only knows her as the woman who brought in a young Mexican boy into the hospital with serious injuries. Petulia's pursuit of Archie is relentless - she even declaring that they will someday be married - even as Archie dates another woman named May. Archie eventually learns part of the reason why Petulia is so determined to cheat on David as her relationship to David and David's wealthy father are brought to light. Archie also learns that getting involved with Petulia in any regard has its consequences, both for Petulia herself and for him, most specifically in his relationship to Polo. Written by Huggo

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People bugged by people will do extraordinary things. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 September 1968 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Me and the Arch-Kook Petulia See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Richard Lester had wanted Lee Marvin for the George C Scott part. See more »

Goofs

The way Petulia holds Archie's hand in the elevator changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Nurse: Cut it out, you little spick!
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Connections

Featured in Petulia: The Uncommon Movie (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

End Title - Petulia
Written and Performed by John Barry And His Orchestra
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Inexplicably overlooked
24 March 1999 | by T-Boy-3See all my reviews

Certainly one of the top films of the '60s, this film was overlooked (misunderstood?) at its release and has yet to be "rediscovered." Lester's use of flashbacks and forewards is a little confusing at first, but it's also a vital element in what makes this film so worthwhile. The performances are first-rate all the way, including Richard Chamberlin, who has never been this good before or since, and Joseph Cotton, who speaks volumes in his brief scenes. Challenging and disturbing, definitely a film that deserves (and requires) a second look. Maybe someone will do a Lester retrospective (he also did the Beatles' first films)so that this masterpiece can finally find the audience it deserves.


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