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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.

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The shot of Delysia getting out of the bath is a based on Botticelli's 'The Birth of Venus', as she copies the body position together with the sea-shell pattern on the wall behind her. See more »

Goofs

At the big party, when Miss Pettigrew talks with Joe on the balcony, the boom mic is visible moving back and forth between characters in the reflection of the windows. See more »

Quotes

[after Delysia has refused to sing]
Michael: She said no.
Nick: What, and she does what you say?
Michael: Never once, as a matter of fact, but that's not the point.
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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 »

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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User Reviews

 
Other review is a bit harsh
17 March 2008 | by puttaguntamyheadSee 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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