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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 7 March 2008 (USA)
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

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David Alexander ...
Chestnut Seller
Clare Clifford ...
Margery
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Charlotte Warren
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Mrs. Brummegan
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Joe
Sarah Kants ...
Annabel Darlington
Sally Leonard ...
Woman at Train Station
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Katy Murphy ...
Miss Holt's Assistant
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Nightclub Patron
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Storyline

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>

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Taglines:

Every Woman Will Have Her Day

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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7 March 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida num Só Dia  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,490,942, 9 March 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,294,036, 18 May 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,051,363, 25 January 2009
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Trivia

Amy Adams said in an interview, "I would like to see "Miss Pettigrew" on Broadway! There's that one musical number in it now, and I think there's room for more." See more »

Goofs

Johnny Mercer's Dream, a lovely song and fitting the mood of the scene, wasn't written until 1944. See more »

Quotes

Joe Blumfield: I've distracted myself with ridiculous things; youth, parties, lingerie. I mean, I trained in *socks* for goodness sake.
Guinevere Pettigrew: Socks?
Joe Blumfield: There's a great deal on engineering in a gentlemen's sock, I'll have you know. In the stitching of the heel. By comparison, designing a brassiere is a piece of cake. Not that there aren't compensations.
Guinevere Pettigrew: None of them over 20 I imagine.
Joe Blumfield: And all very easy on the eyes. But you know what? I'm done with it. I'm going back to gentlemen's hosiery. You know where you are with ...
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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 »

Connections

References Four's a Crowd (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

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 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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