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Petulia -- Julie Christie and George C. Scott star in this brilliant film about a divorced surgeon and his relationship with an unhappily married kook, set against the mid-'60s San Francisco scene.


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Lawrence B. Marcus (screenplay)
John Haase (novel)
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Release Date:
10 June 1968 (USA) See more »
...the uncommon movie. See more »
An unhappily married socialite finds solace in the company of a recently divorced doctor. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
What a long strange trip this has been See more (42 total) »


  (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

Grateful Dead ... Themselves (as The Grateful Dead)
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)

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
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: Archie folds his arms when Petulia shows up with the tuba, but in next cut, arms are down.See more »
Petulia:My name's Petulia Danner. I've been married for six months and I haven't had an affair yet.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Portrait of an Actor (1971)See more »
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
What a long strange trip this has been, 6 January 2005
Author: Clark Richards from United States

I could not give a wide range recommendation for this film. If you don't like abrupt flashback edits and a story that unfolds slowly, then this is not for you. However, if you can hang with the film you will be rewarded for your effort with some truly bizarre moments. There are images from the film that really stuck with me. The absurdity of situations seemed to come back to me days after having watched it. I remembered the gift of the Tuba, the hospital staff trying to explain the 'dummy teevee' procurement procedure, and of course, George C. Scott making his way into not only a 'Big Brother and the Holding Company' concert, but also a 'Grateful Dead' show. Huh?

Added to that you have Richard Chamberlain in all his dandy elfin fabulousness, Joeseph Cotten collecting a paycheck and a very young Howard Hesseman(Dr. Johnny Fever) in a cameo that really served no purpose that I could fathom.

A lot of cat and mouse love affair nonsense between the beautiful Julie Christie and the 'throat lozenged' George C. Scott....what? could happen. A lot of obsession and a bit of denial make up the bulk of the movie.

It is interesting to see Scotts' character change throughout the film.

Richard Lester has made many, many great films. And although this film doesn't carry the Richard Lester stamp, it is still one of his best films. I loved it. 9/10.

But really, George C. Scott at a 'Dead' show? Trouble ahead, trouble behind indeed.

Clark Richards

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Shocked by all the positive reviews syldeanh-25986
Must need to trip or something????? bradleyoic
What exactly was Petulia's problem? Shanak41
Nuns driving fast in sports cars dill123
the 'trippy' 60s editing and style has aged better here then other films teejay6682
Does anyone else see Scott's casting as extremely ironic? calliehutch
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