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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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Every Woman Will Have Her Day

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Comedy | Romance

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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 and Lee Pace both did their own singing. See more »

Goofs

In the scene on the balcony at the party, Miss Pettigrew eats the olive from her Martini twice. See more »

Quotes

Delysia: There is something so sensual about fur next to the skin, don't you think?
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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 »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.135 (2010) See more »

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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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30's Screwball Comedy Classic
18 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

This reminded me of something that Irene Dunne or Norma Shearer would have starred in as Delysia, with Cary Grant playing the love interest, Michael. The cast was excellent. Frances McDormand in the title role was outstanding. Ciaran Hinds (Julius Ceaser from HBO's "Rome") was great. The screenplay was first-rate. The cinematography was perfect, capturing pre-WWII London flawlessly.

What really made the movie standout was Amy Adams as Delysia. She truly shined in her role. She has quickly become among the top tier female actors in Hollywood. She has great acting range in both comic and dramatic roles, and she can sing. She's got it all. Her love interest in the film, Lee Pace, was also very good. They had the type of chemistry that worked so well in the best 1930's screwball comedies with Cary Grant & Irene Dunne, among others.

This is a very good movie, well directed, written, & acted. I would recommend this movie to anyone in the mood for a good romantic comedy.


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