Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

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A late-'30s-era London governess hired to work in the home of a high-profile nightclub chanteuse gets a taste of the good life when she is assigned the task of sorting out the singer's many unseemly affairs in a period comedy starring Frances McDormand and adapted from the novel by Winifred Watson. Unfairly and unceremoniously dismissed from her latest position without so much as a penny of severance pay, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew McDormand realizes that in order to stay financially afloat she'll need to find a ...
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Overview

A late-'30s-era London governess hired to work in the home of a high-profile nightclub chanteuse gets a taste of the good life when she is assigned the task of sorting out the singer's many unseemly affairs in a period comedy starring Frances McDormand and adapted from the novel by Winifred Watson. Unfairly and unceremoniously dismissed from her latest position without so much as a penny of severance pay, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew McDormand realizes that in order to stay financially afloat she'll need to find a new job fast. Though she has worn out her welcome at the unemployment office due to her propensity to loose jobs, she's determined to seize the day and keep an open mind. Before she's booted from the office, she takes note of a job opening that is a little outside of her experience, but decides to pursue it, pretending she is the prospective employee the office was planning to recommend. Becoming a "social secretary" may not be exactly what Miss Pettigrew had in mind when the time came to seek out a new job, yet she hopes that her enthusiasm will offset her inexperience and throws caution to the wind. Upon arriving at the penthouse of up-and-coming American entertainer Delysia Lafosse Amy Adams, the unassuming Miss Pettigrew becomes instantly swept up in the high-society milieu. But serving as social secretary to one of the busiest women in the city is no easy task, and before the day is over, Miss Pettigrew and her new charge will both learn a thing or two about life and love. Now, as Miss Pettigrew helps Delysia make informed career decisions and choose between one of three potential suitors, her own attraction to a handsome clothing designer named Joe Ciarán Hands could prove her undoing. Joe's current fiancée, Edythe Shirley Henderson, is an insolent fashion maven with little patience for those she deems incompetent or unworthy of the spotlight, and she currently has her targets locked onto a certain social secretary who doesn't yet grasp the complex social mechanisms of the high-society lifestyle. Simon Beaufoy and David Magee co-author a screenplay directed by Bharat Nalluri.
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Special Features

Deleted scenes; Making an Unforgettable Day; Miss Pettigrew's Long Trip to Hollywood
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2008
  • UPC: 025195016230
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Focus Features
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 474

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frances McDormand Miss Guinevere Pettigrew
Amy Adams Delysia Lafosse
Lee Pace Michael
Ciarán Hinds Joe
Shirley Henderson Edythe
Tom Payne Phil
Mark Strong Nick
Clare Clifford Margery
Sarah Kants Annabel Darlington
Christina Cole Charlotte Warren
Stephanie Cole Miss Holt
Beatie Edney Mrs. Brummegan
Matthew Ryan Gerry
Mo Zainal Lenny
Katy Murphy Miss Holt's Assistant
Sally Leonard Woman at Train Station
Tim Potter Nightclub Patron
David Alexander Chestnut Seller
Paul Englishby Conductor
Technical Credits
Bharat Nalluri Director
Simon Beaufoy Screenwriter
Nellie Bellflower Producer
Anita Burger Makeup
Leo Davis Casting
John DeBorman Cinematographer
Karen Elliott Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Englishby Score Composer
Simon Fraser Production Manager
Frank Frattaroli Executive Producer
Jane Frazer Co-producer
Stephen Garrett Producer
Nick Gottschalk Art Director
Sarah Greenwood Production Designer
Tim Halloran Stunts
Fae Hammond Makeup
Guy Heley Asst. Director
Mark Holt Special Effects Supervisor
David Magee Screenwriter
Frances McDormand Executive Producer
Niall Moroney Art Director
Chris Munro Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Murphy Choreography
Michael O'Connor Costumes/Costume Designer
Barney Pilling Editor
Curtis Rivers Stunts
Katie Spencer Set Decoration/Design
Maggi Townley Associate Producer
Paul Webster Executive Producer
Su Westwood Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
1. Governess of Last Resort (Main Titles) [5:28]
2. The Leading Lady [6:22]
3. First Man [3:15]
4. Second Man [3:46]
5. Strong, Confident Firm [6:46]
6. Topping the Bill [3:29]
7. Appreciating the Female Figure [5:53]
8. Transformation [4:22]
9. Third Man [6:33]
10. All Or Nothing [3:33]
11. Love Is Not a Game [6:12]
12. Official Announcement [6:58]
13. Just a Grub [2:13]
14. The Next Dance [4:40]
15. Change in Program [4:33]
16. Not a Second to Waste [4:47]
17. Grateful for the Truth [3:01]
18. Bon Voyage [2:50]
19. Looking for You [2:39]
20. End Titles [4:11]
Disc #1, Side B -- Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
1. Governess of Last Resort (Main Titles) [5:28]
2. The Leading Lady [6:22]
3. First Man [3:15]
4. Second Man [3:46]
5. Strong, Confident, Firm [6:46]
6. Topping the Bill [3:29]
7. Appreciating the Female Figure [5:53]
8. Transformation [4:22]
9. Third Man [6:33]
10. All Or Nothing [3:33]
11. Love Is Not a Game [6:12]
12. Official Announcement [6:58]
13. Just a Grub [2:13]
14. The Next Dance [4:40]
15. Change in Program [4:33]
16. Not a Second to Waste [4:47]
17. Grateful for the Truth [3:01]
18. Bon Voyage [2:50]
19. Looking For You [2:39]
20. End Titles [4:11]
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Menu

Disc #1, Side A -- Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
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   Bonus Features
      Deleted Scenes
      Miss Pettigrew's Long Trip to Hollywood
      Feature Commentary With Director Bharat Nalluri
      *Additional Bonus Materials on Side
   Languages
      Spoken Language
         English
         Français
      Subtitles
         English SDH*
         Español
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Disc #1, Side B -- Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
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   Bonus Features
      Making an Unforgettable Day
      Feature Commentary with Director Bharat Nalluri
      *Additional Bonus Materials on Side A
   Languages
      Spoken Language
         English
         Français
      Subtitles
         English SDH*
         Español
         Français
         Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Day to Remember

    This movie is utterly enchanting. The story is captivating and the characters unforgettable. The score is a perfect montage of 30's classics carefully chosen to fit the scene. The themes of sex and hedonism are tastefully played out without the need for gratuitous nudity or sexuality.

    And any film with a great "transformation" scene is enjoyable; the part where the underfed Miss Pettigrew pulls the spa cucumbers off her eyes and eats them is a gem. The foreshadowing of the violent war to come is seamlessly woven into the plot. The contrast between the seemingly care-free beautiful young things and the older generation scarred by the first war heightens for the viewer the sense hardships to come.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The studios screwed up when they didn't do publicity for this one

    This is one great film. It isn't edge of the seat thrilling; but it does give a big helping of hope, fun and enjoyment with a large dash of love conquers all. It sounds trite. But, this is one film that feeds the hope for a happily ever after. It's set right on the verge of World War II in London. The heroine has been sacked because she is an incompetent governess. You see that she has not escaped from her upbringing in an English Vicarage.
    With her new employer (and a big fear of unemployment), Miss Pettigrew learns how to compromise and how to accept. She also helps to "teach" her new employer how to grow up and how to choose what is best for her life.
    Miss Pettigrew learns to be human. She feels the sting of fear, she remembers what it was like to love and what it was like to live. She doesn't forget how to be honorable and learns to stand up for what is important.

    This film is easily watched and re-watched. The characters and the actors & actresses who portray them are perfect. The casting director deserves a standing ovation. The writer deserves praise. The music is fantastic (I adore Cole Porter).

    I can't recommend this film enough. I love it. I hate the studios for not letting me know when it hit the theater. I would have gone twice!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    24 hours

    Love and life have bypassed middle-aged Guinevere Pettigrew, who is the quintessential English governess, newly unemployed. Beautiful but ditsy American singer Delysia Lafosse is doing her utmost to land a plum role on the London stage. When Guinevere approaches Delysia in hopes of a job, opposites attract, and it isn't long before Guinevere sets her mind to helping her find true happiness. And to eating as much as she possibly can before this bubble bursts.

    Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is filled with humor and music, as Guinevere steers Delysia through her tumultuous day. Complications abound. The governess smokes a cigar, undergoes a makeover, and falls prey to blackmail from an unscrupulous social climber. Delysia, deaf to Guinevere's wisdom, makes all the wrong decisions. Will Delysia ever find true happiness? Will Miss Pettigrew?

    Frances McDormand is outstanding in the title role, while Amy Adams reprises her wide-eyed, golly-gee persona from Enchanted. Ciaran Hinds and Lee Pace are also well-cast. Pacing is quick and direction tight, and the visuals of the glamorous milieu of pre-WWII London are elegant and sophisticated. The bouncy, 1930's era soundtrack perfectly sets the tone. A frothy romantic comedy with heart, highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Outstanding cast, great music and the story keeps you interested the entire time

    Can't say enough about this movie. If you are looking for a fun comedy, great music and a period piece then you can't find anything better than this movie. This is the type of movie you can buy for your library and watch year after year and still enjoy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Jolly Good Show!

    After being cajoled by my fiancee to see "Mrs. Pettigrew Lives for a Day", I begrudgingly agreed and went to the theater. However, the amazing sets, complex storyline, and excellent performaces quickly made me realize that I may have judged this book by its cover. This is a movie that is good for all audiences and very enjoyable to watch; highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A wonderful little film

    It is so refreshing to see a truly feel-good movie that leaves you feeling optimistic and satisfied. This little film with the enchanting Amy Adams and the witty and wise Frances Mcdormand is the perfect anecdote to the depressing, violent films that usually flood the theaters. The music, the costumes, and the set decoration will delight you. As will the adorably scruffy Lee Pace as one of Delysia's many suitors. A great movie to uplift anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'Brother, can you spare a dime?'

    The lead-in cinematic and musical elements for this delightfully entertaining, fast paced, little bit of nostalgia film prepares the viewer for the story as well as any 'overture' could. The setting is London in the 1930s, the day of the first blitzkrieg, and the tone of the imagery is that quiet depression and angst that tainted the world during that time. We meet our main character Miss Guinevere Pettigrew, a dowdy, middle-aged failed governess as she wanders through the streets and soup kitchens - all to the tune of 'Brother, can you spare a dime'. This 'day in a life' abruptly changes when Miss Pettigrew, still saddened by the loss of her beloved in WW I and struggling to be moral as the daughter of a clergyman in a world gone to tatters. How she finds one day of joy - and in the process changes the lives of those she encounters - is the line of the story, a screenplay by David Magee and Simon Beaufoy based on the novel of the same name by Winifred Watson and directed with a fine sense of timing and comedy cum pathos by Bharat Nalluri. Quite by a fluke Miss Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) absconds the name of a potential client from her caustic job finder and rings the bell of one Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams), a beautiful young American manipulator of men living in one boyfriend's luxurious flat while entertaining others who may help her reach her dream of being a star on the musical stage. Delysia believes Miss Pettigrew to be a social secretary and immediately involves her in the game of her life of flirtation and illusion. Miss Pettigrew, at first shocked by the 'social setting', soon adapts and indeed supports Delysia's efforts of meandering through gentleman callers, and as Delysia finds Miss Pettigrew indispensible she dresses her well and introduces her to a life Miss Pettigrew finds quite foreign but equally fascinating. In rapid fire sequence, at times overlapping like a Keystone Cops movie, we meet Delysia's paramours (played with devilish glee by Tom Payne, Mark Strong, and Lee Pace) as well as high society dames (Shirley Henderson) and the one man who seems above it all - Ciar&#225 n Hinds. All of this wild dash through the superficial society affairs is played against the all but ignore threat of the impending WW II and it all happens in one day. But at the end of that day the bond between Miss Pettigrew and Delysia is genuinely sealed and for a moment at least it seems Miss Pettigrew's previously dour existence has changed. A fine cast, an intelligent director and a cinematographer John de Borman and musical director Paul Englishby make this bit of froth into a confection that contains some social commentary ingredients. The costumes and sets are splendid and provide a view of London before the devastation of the war that is rich in nostalgia. Not a great movie, but a delightful romp that allows McDormand and Adams the opportunity to demonstrate their considerable comedy gifts. Grady Harp

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A light and airy romp.

    Amy Adams and Frances McDormand lead the grade-A cast through this light, frothy comedy about a down-and-out governess, Miss Pettigrew (McDormand) who after being fired, steals a reference to be an assistant to the ditzy socialite and wannabe actress, Delicia (Adams) who is flip-flopping between a man who could make her rich and famous, and a man who is poor but loves her unconditionally. Its no mystery how the film will conclude, yet it makes you smile nearly the whole time. The two leads are perfect, especially McDormand. Amy Adams will no doubt go on to be one of the great character actors of her era. Its too bad Oscar will no-doubt pass this sleeper of a movie over in favor of blockbusters. I saw this twice in the theatre and already have it pre-ordered. I loved this delightful little jem.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    Talented cast, very entertaining & sweet story! I'm a fan o

    Talented cast, very entertaining & sweet story! I'm a fan of Ciaran Hinds, who's good in anything he's been in, and his character in this is especially endearing. Highly recommended for anyone who loves beautifully shot , nostalgic period-pieces, with equally appropriate & fun '30's period music and gorgeous Art Deco sets!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Miss Pettigrew lives for a Day

    What a surprisingly delightful movie! McDormand gives a very fine, stellar and subtle performance that goes perfectly with Amy Adams' over-the-top character. It is a wonderful ensemble cast that brings this fun script to the screen in an enjoyable way. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Delight

    Enjoyed this one

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fun Lighthearted movie

    I first mainly wanted to see this movie becaus it has one of my favorite actors, Ciran Hinds, in it, but I fell in love with this movie. It was quirky, funny, lovable and just a great fun to watch. <BR/><BR/>Miss Pettigrew is down on her luck, she just got fired and she is very hungry. She sees a card about a job, so she goes and to apply for it and gets sweep into Delysia's life. She is a social secretary for one day, but it is a most entertaining day. <BR/><BR/>Fav. Quote: "Sock'em in the Jaw." "He's a much bigger boy than I imagined."

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