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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)

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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 »


When Joe sits down to speak to Miss Pettigrew in the nightclub, his cigarette changes from a tiny stub to almost one-third cigarette's length between shots. See more »


Miss Holt: [reading from a report] "Washburn, Jane. Age five."
Guinevere Pettigrew: Lovely girl.
Miss Holt: "Lost in the park."
Guinevere Pettigrew: Independence, that's all that girl needs.
Miss Holt: "For six hours. The Randle boys, John and Robin. Wrestled retired Colonel Johnson to the floor outside Fortnum and Mason's, shouting 'Nazi warmonger'. Because," and I quote, "Miss Pettigrew thought he was a German spy."
Guinevere Pettigrew: [unconvincingly] A little... joke.
Miss Holt: "Ambulance called, police called."
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Crazy Credits

The letters of the opening credits are blown into place, like the wind, swirling into their correct position. See more »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 8 March 2008 (2008) See more »


Anything Goes
Words and Music by Cole Porter
Performed by Lew Stone and His Band (featuring Radio Three Singers)
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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Other review is a bit harsh
17 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Old fashioned style comedy ridden- this film is a family must. Mcdormand and Adams deliver sterling displays in a wonderfully costumed period romantic comedy. Just like a classic film you'd sit down and watch with the family at Christmas. Perhaps for this reason it may not be to some people's liking

Director Nalluri harnesses some delicate character interactions that grow between McDormand's and Adam's character.

The question that remains is when will a British release date be confirmed? I believe momentum pictures have purchased the film for UK distribution. I sincerely hope it comes out sooner rather than later.

The movie itself definitely leaves a warm feeling inside by the end!

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