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Petulia (1968)

An unhappily married socialite finds solace in the company of a recently divorced doctor.

Director:

Richard Lester

Writers:

Lawrence B. Marcus (screenplay), John Haase (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Christie ... Petulia Danner
George C. Scott ... Dr. Archie Bollen
Richard Chamberlain ... David Danner
Arthur Hill ... Barney
Shirley Knight ... Polo
Pippa Scott ... May
Kathleen Widdoes Kathleen Widdoes ... Wilma
Roger Bowen ... Warren
Richard Dysart ... Motel Receptionist
Ruth Kobart ... Nun
Ellen Geer ... Nun
Lou Gilbert Lou Gilbert ... Mr. Howard
Nate Esformes ... Mr. Mendoza (as Nat Esformes)
Maria Val Maria Val ... Mrs. Mendoza
Vincent Arias Vincent Arias ... Oliver
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Storyline

When she sees him at a hospital fund-raiser, newlywed San Francisco socialite Petulia Danner, who has been married to naval engineer David Danner for six months, seems determined to have an affair with soon to be divorced physician Dr. Archie Bollen, who has been married to his wife Polo for close to ten years, their marriage which many saw as being perfect. Archie doesn't even know Petulia's name, but only knows her as the woman who brought in a young Mexican boy into the hospital with serious injuries. Petulia's pursuit of Archie is relentless - she even declaring that they will someday be married - even as Archie dates another woman named May. Archie eventually learns part of the reason why Petulia is so determined to cheat on David as her relationship to David and David's wealthy father are brought to light. Archie also learns that getting involved with Petulia in any regard has its consequences, both for Petulia herself and for him, most specifically in his relationship to Polo. Written by Huggo

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People bugged by people will do extraordinary things. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 September 1968 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Me and the Arch-Kook Petulia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The voice of Mr Howard (actor Lou Gilbert) was a voice over dub by actor/director Lee Strasburg. See more »

Goofs

Archie folds his arms when Petulia shows up with the tuba, but in next cut, arms are down. See more »

Quotes

Barney: You and Polo were a marvellous looking couple. Is there anything wrong with being a great looking couple? People turning around to stare? What was it, Archie? The sex bit? Huh? The ole sex bit?
Archie Bollen: Barney, what would you say if I told you that one day I just got very tired of being married?
Barney: It's still better than being out there in the dark, all by your god damn lonesome. Nobody has a life anymore. What do you want, Archie?
Archie Bollen: I don't know what I want. To feel something.
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Connections

References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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Road Block
(uncredited)
Written by Janis Joplin and Peter Albin
Performed by Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin
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" What does one do with morals, when they are used to hide surface wounds? "
3 August 2010 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

The 1960's were years of radical change, deliberate rebellion and outright discarding of many rules. This film called " Petulia " is one example of the deception of established but hidden lifestyles. It tells the story of Petulia Danner (Julie Christie) a young, fashionable, but very married woman with an extremely 'kookie' attitude to life. The inner burden she carries is difficult to reveal, so she masks it with a facade of erratic behavior. Among the various quirks she tries is attracting the attention of Archie Bollen (George C. Scott), a concerned doctor on the downside of a marriage. Interested, Bollen tries to understand Miss Danner, while adjusting his own life to the on-going divorce, the loss of his own kids and the knowledge that Patulia's jealous husband (Richard Chamberlain) is a rage-filled, physically abusive, spoiled rich man. Learning that Mr. Danner attacked and nearly killed his wife, Bollen must decided what to do with the on-going abuse. With a menagerie of 60's style rock bands and hippie, flower-child backgrounds, director Richard Lester, paints the movie with the addition of several cameo actors like Arthur Hill, Joseph Cotton, Howard Hesseman and Austin Pendleton. This is one film written by John Haase and Lawrence Marcos which well defines the sixties. ***


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