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Director:
Writers:
Lawrence B. Marcus (screenplay)
John Haase (novel)
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Release Date:
10 June 1968 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
...the uncommon movie. See more »
Plot:
An unhappily married socialite finds solace in the company of a recently divorced doctor. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Beautifully Dated...It Adds to the Film. See more (40 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Wilma
Roger Bowen ... Warren

Richard Dysart ... Motel Receptionist
Ruth Kobart ... Nun

Ellen Geer ... Nun
Lou Gilbert ... Mr. Howard
Nate Esformes ... Mr. Mendoza (as Nat Esformes)
Maria Val ... Mrs. Mendoza
Vincent Arias ... Oliver
Eric Weiss ... Michael
Kevin Cooper ... Stevie

Joseph Cotten ... Mr. Danner
The Grateful Dead ... Themselves
Big Brother and the Holding Company ... Themselves
The Committee ... Themselves
Ace Trucking Company ... Themselves (as A.T.C. Company)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rene Auberjonois ... Fred Six (uncredited)

Bruce Chesse ... Tourist (uncredited)
Barbara Colby ... Patient (uncredited)

Michael Earl ... Boy in Park (uncredited)

Mickey Hart ... Hippie 2 (uncredited)

Howard Hesseman ... Hippie (uncredited)
Phil Lesh ... Hippie 4 (uncredited)
Ron McKernan ... Hippie 5 (uncredited)
DeAnn Mears ... Nurse (uncredited)
Josephine Nichols ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Austin Pendleton ... Intern (uncredited)
Danny Rifkin ... Hippie 6 (uncredited)
Mel Stewart ... Supermarket Clerk (uncredited)

Bob Weir ... Hippie 7 (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Lester 
 
Writing credits
Lawrence B. Marcus (screenplay)

John Haase (novel "Me and the Arch Kook Petulia")

Barbara Turner (adaptation)

Produced by
Don Devlin .... executive associate producer
Denis O'Dell .... associate producer
Raymond Wagner .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Nicolas Roeg  (as Nicholas Roeg)
 
Film Editing by
Antony Gibbs 
 
Casting by
Fred Roos 
 
Production Design by
Tony Walton 
 
Set Decoration by
Audrey A. Blasdel  (as Audrey Blasdel)
 
Costume Design by
Tony Walton 
 
Makeup Department
Gustaf Norin .... makeup artist (as Gus Norin)
Vivienne Walker .... hair stylist (as Vivian Zavitz)
 
Production Management
Emmett Emerson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John D. Bloss .... assistant director (as John Bloss)
Michael J. Dmytryk .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Stephen R. Ferry .... property master (as Stephen Ferry)
Dean Tavoularis .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Don Challis .... dubbing editor
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
Francis E. Stahl .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Freddie Cooper .... camera operator
Gibby Germaine .... chief electrician
Paul Hawkins .... light show
Paul Wilson .... camera operator
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Arlette Nastat .... costumes: Miss Christie (as Arlette Nastat 'Real')
Rita Riggs .... wardrobe
Ray Summers .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
 
Other crew
Rita Davison .... continuity
David Hicks .... design consultant
Harry Zubrinsky .... location manager
 
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
105 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
Austin Pendleton's first film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Portrait of an Actor (1971)See more »
Soundtrack:
Viola Lee BluesSee more »

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38 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Beautifully Dated...It Adds to the Film., 29 April 2004
Author: chconnol from New York, N.Y.

"Petulia" is one of the best American films of all time. It should be ranked with "Citizen Kane" and I'm not being sarcastic.

The beauty of the film is how dated it is. Some films that "define" or capture a certain period of time very well often appear very dated later on and lose their effectiveness because of it. But because "Petulia" is so definately set in it's time period, it's like watching a time capsule. There are films which are made today that take place in the late 60's and try for that "mod" feel. But they're removed from that time and therefore can't capture the true feeling of that tumultuous time. "Petulia" captures it beautifully and integrates the 60's experience into it's storyline and structure. For example, when Archie returns from a day out with his sons and returns to his apartment, on TV there is a newscast about Vietnam. It's not overplayed or anything. It's just there as it would have been on any TV in 1968. It's carefully woven into the structure of the film.

Lester has been praised for his editing in this film and it's pretty ingenious. But overall, I found it at times a little too much. There is a LOT of jumping around in time. We learn the story of Petulia and her abusive husband and the little Mexican boy very slowly over the course of the film. It's only in the final moments of the film where we get the gyst of Petulia's neediness and of Archie's as well. I will never forget the final moment where Petulia softly says Archie's name before being putt under gas to have her baby.

A VERY 60's film. Anyone with an interest in the times and how they might've felt should see this film. One of the most underrated films of all time. Lester shows his true genius here. And like the film, he's the most underrated director. Too bad he's not making films anymore.

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