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Petulia (1968)

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

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May
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Roger Bowen ...
Warren
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Nun
Lou Gilbert ...
Mr. Howard
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Mr. Mendoza (as Nat Esformes)
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Mrs. Mendoza
Vincent Arias ...
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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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Me and the Arch-Kook Petulia  »

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Trivia

One of Sherry Lansing's favorite films. See more »

Goofs

Archie folds his arms when Petulia shows up with the tuba, but in next cut, arms are down. See more »

Quotes

Petulia: Get stuffed, Wilma.
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Connections

Referenced in Fred Roos and the Casting of 'The Outsiders' (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

End Title - Petulia
Written and Performed by John Barry And His Orchestra
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Petulia you fool ya.....that was the original tag line
12 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film when it opened and recently bought the video and watched it again.

I remembered being very moved by the characters and the pairing of Julie Christie and George C Scott. Christie was so young and Scott was also still quite young as well. They had great chemistry. I didn't know that Shirley Knight was nominated for an award for her role. She's very good. Her scene with Scott where she's trying to appease him and he loses his temper is electric. She says more in her look, using her eyes to convey her hurt and confusion, than most actors say in too many words.

Julie Christie has always had a way of getting under your skin. She is able to make you care for her (a lot like she did in "Darling") despite the fact that her character initially comes off as flaky or "kooky." It starts out light and amusing then turns dark and insightful. I remembered this movie for years until I was able to buy the video. It is very 60's in sensibility. So, if you weren't around during that period, see this movie. It captures the sixties in way few films have done as well.

San Francisco looks beautiful in 1967.


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