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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

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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.

Director:

Bharat Nalluri

Writers:

David Magee (screenplay), Simon Beaufoy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Adams ... Delysia
David Alexander David Alexander ... Chestnut Seller
Clare Clifford Clare Clifford ... Margery
Christina Cole ... Charlotte Warren
Stephanie Cole ... Miss Holt
Beatie Edney ... Mrs. Brummegan
Shirley Henderson ... Edythe
Ciarán Hinds ... Joe
Sarah Kants Sarah Kants ... Annabel Darlington
Sally Leonard Sally Leonard ... Woman at Train Station
Frances McDormand ... Miss Pettigrew
Katy Murphy Katy Murphy ... Miss Holt's Assistant
Lee Pace ... Michael
Tom Payne ... Phil
Tim Potter ... 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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida num Só Dia See more »

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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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DTS | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The sound editing of the scene with Delysia in the bath proved very tricky as the sound of the bubbles bursting had to be removed from the soundtrack. This was done by the forensic department of the police. See more »

Goofs

In the closing scenes Miss Pettigrew is seen leaving the nightclub through a dressing room. The "WAY OUT" sign was probably Lexan with indirect lighting. Lexan was not invented until well after WWII and not in widespread use until the 1980s. However, similar signs made from plate glass with a slight green tint were made in the 20s if not earlier, so the sign as shown is in reality true to the era. See more »

Quotes

Delysia: [during an air-raid drill] Guinevere, I'm scared!
Guinevere Pettigrew: It's just a drill, I'm sure it's just a drill.
Delysia: But it won't always be, will it? We're going to war, aren't we?
Guinevere Pettigrew: Yes we are. And that is why you must not waste a second of this precious life. Listen to me. Once I too had ambitions. Not your grand ones, simple ambitions. Marriage, children and a house of our own. He died, in the mud in France. A good, solid man. You would call him dull, no doubt, but he smiled whenever he saw me and we could've ...
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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 Vigil in the Night (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

T'Aint What You Do (It's the Way That Cha Do It)
Written by Sy Oliver (as Oliver), James Young (as Young)
Arranged and Conducted by Paul Englishby
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Simply irresistible
3 April 2008 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

When I first saw the trailer for Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, I was a little off put, it looked like a movie that I was either going like a lot or really dislike and feel like it was a waste of time. So I saw Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day this morning and I really liked it a lot. Miss Pettigrew is a feel good light hearted romantic comedy, one that we need more of these days. It had bright colors, a fun story, and enchanting actors. Frances McDormand was so brilliant and a lot of fun to watch, she's got such a presence on the silver screen and has still got that magical touch. Amy Adams was just adorable, I really am starting to love her more and more in each movie I see her in, she's just so cute in her role as Delysia. The weird thing is, is that her character could have been such a tramp, but she made it into someone so cute and likable that her and Miss Pettigrew into a great on screen friendship.

Miss Pettigrew is a woman in the 1930's who has gone through so much, she's getting fired from one job to the next. But when she sneaks into being a "social secretary" for Delysia Lafosse, a sexy young vixen who is dating three guys at the same time. But she just wants to have the lead role in the local play and become a huge actress, but it's hard balancing these boys, but with Miss Pettigrew, she realizes that she might just be in love with a great man. Miss Pettigrew in the mean time catches the eye of a handsome rich man, Joe, who may just change her life.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a charming film and is one of the better films of 2008. I know that it's a bit predictable and it's a chick flick, but it's just a fun movie that I'm sure you'll like. It doesn't try too hard and the actors looked like they had such a great time making this movie. I would recommend Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, it's worth the watch. It's a nice romantic comedy that's original, clean, and fun. It brought me back to the classic movies of the 1950's where they were just fun entertainment, the colors and the feel of movie was just enchanting.

8/10


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