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Petulia (1968)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  10 June 1968 (USA)
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An unhappily married socialite finds solace in the company of a recently divorced doctor.

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May
Kathleen Widdoes ...
Wilma
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Warren
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Motel Receptionist
Ruth Kobart ...
Nun
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Nun
Lou Gilbert ...
Mr. Howard
Nate Esformes ...
Mr. Mendoza (as Nat Esformes)
Maria Val ...
Mrs. Mendoza
Vincent Arias ...
Oliver
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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 »

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

10 June 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Me and the Arch-Kook Petulia  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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The film includes concert footage of both Big Brother & the Holding Co. (featuring Janis Joplin) and the Grateful Dead. Additionally, the hippies who observe Petulia taken out of Archie's apartment on a stretcher are members of the Grateful Dead and their communal entourage. See more »

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

Quotes

Wilma: [to Archie, regarding his divorce] I'll let you in on a little secret; I wish I had your courage.
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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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Down On Me
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Written by Janis Joplin
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WHAT ISN'T SAID SAYS IT ALL
23 April 2004 | by (Las Vegas) – See all my reviews

Petulia is a movie of suggestion and inference, something rare for movies of its time. The aimlessness of its cast only hints at darker, neurotic motives. It seems the players' purposelessness is the point; not so. Characters have plans but don't know or admit them. This film uniquely rides on nuances, from reflections to innuendo.

Chamberlin's the most overt character, with his barely-contained lust for the little boy. 'Petulia' has appetites, but for not what she knows. Ditto Scott's restless character.

The graphics are subtle and rich at the same time. Overall, seems to me this film was ahead of its time in concept and execution. Hope it makes its way to dvd...


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