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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 7 March 2008 (USA)
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Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Alexander ...
Clare Clifford ...
Charlotte Warren
Sarah Kants ...
Sally Leonard ...
Woman at Train Station
Katy Murphy ...
Miss Holt's Assistant
Nightclub Patron


War threatens London as Miss Pettigrew, a destitute governess, filches a client's card from her agency and presents herself at the door. A singer named Delysia Lafosse wants a social secretary as she seeks a West End role by sleeping with a feckless producer in the bed of Nick, a smarmy nightclub owner with whom she also dallies. She ignores Michael, her piano player, who loves her and has tickets for New York on the Queen Mary. Miss Pettigrew's job is to make sure Delysia gets the part. Over 24 hours, Miss Pettigrew is also called upon to help an ambitious and unfaithful fashion editor patch things up with her older fiancé, a lingerie designer. Has Miss Pettigrew found her calling? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Every Woman Will Have Her Day


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some partial nudity and innuendo | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 March 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida num Só Dia  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,490,942 (USA) (7 March 2008)


$12,294,036 (USA) (16 May 2008)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Reportedly, the director had to ask Lee Pace leave the set, as Amy Adams admittedly was so distracted by him since "he just looked so dashing". See more »


The film takes place immediately before the outbreak of World War II, when England told Germany that they would declare war if Germany invaded Poland. Germany did so, and England declared war in early September, 1939. However, the film depicts an advanced state of autumn, with cool winds, dead leaves, etc. In actuality, war was declared on a beautiful late summer's day in England. It was not yet autumn. See more »


Joe Blumfield: Forgive the intrusion. I'm glad to see you're safe.
Guinevere Pettigrew: Oh yes, quite safe.
Joe Blumfield: Am I right in thinking you're no longer employed, Miss Pettigrew?
Guinevere Pettigrew: Quite correct.
Joe Blumfield: So you're free?
Guinevere Pettigrew: Quite free. Might you be looking for a social secretary?
Joe Blumfield: No, absolutely not.
Guinevere Pettigrew: Oh.
Joe Blumfield: I'm looking for you.
Guinevere Pettigrew: Me?
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Crazy Credits

Before the end credits, there is a black screen and a voice calling "some music please", after which music starts playing and the credits start rolling. See more »


References Vigil in the Night (1940) See more »


If I Didn't Care
Written by Jack Lawrence
Performed by Amy Adams and Lee Pace
Arranged and Conducted by Paul Englishby
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User Reviews

brilliant screwball comedy
24 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This type of movie has simply not been done for 40 or 50 years. Comedy based upon timing, script, and coincidence (the "screwball" part) is very rare.

Unlike today's comedy, based on the outrageous, the actors in this genre have to know how to deliver the lines, keep the pace. The resurrection of a genre.

One of the unusual parts of this film worth noting is the score. The music moves the action a great deal of the time. And the composer kept the sound from the era almost flawlessly: big band jazz of the late 1930's. (there are a couple of slips into later jazz styles, very minor

  • musicologists may be annoyed - but no one else will notice) The music

becomes one of the characters of the plot, interacting almost as much as the actors do. That alone is a brilliant device, tried by many, mastered rarely, especially in period.

Amy Adams and Frances McDormand have a wonderful interplay, both sides of the romantic slide: young, desired, older, having past love by.

great movie if you like your comedy a little faster, but with no one who's eating anything disgusting for a laugh.

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