Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

92 min
Comedy | Romance
IMDB rate:
Bharat Nalluri
1 nomination
Country: UK
Release Date: 2008-03-27
Filming Locations: Ealing Studios, Ealing, London, England, UK
Opening Weekend: $2,490,942 (USA) (9 March 2008)
Gross: $12,294,036 (USA) (18 May 2008)
Amy Adams
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
David Alexander
Chestnut Seller
Clare Clifford
Christina Cole
Charlotte Warren
Stephanie Cole
Miss Holt
Beatie Edney
Mrs. Brummegan
Shirley Henderson
CiarĂ¡n Hinds
Sarah Kants
Annabel Darlington
Sally Leonard
Woman at Train Station
Frances McDormand
Miss Pettigrew
Katy Murphy
Miss Holt's Assistant
Tom Payne
Tim Potter
Nightclub Patron
Matt Ryan
Mark Strong
Mo Zinal
James Fiddy
Party-goer (uncredited)
Silvia Lombardo
Nightclub Patron's Lover (uncredited)
Chris Mansfield
Prison Guard (uncredited)
Alana O'Neill
Society Lady (uncredited)
Pam Rose
Society Lady (uncredited)
Hester Ruoff
Edythe's Friend (uncredited)
Leonard Silver
Butler (uncredited)
Pauline Stone
Society Lady (uncredited)
Richard Upton
Head Silver Service Waiter (uncredited)
Ben Wood
Fan (uncredited)
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Reportedly, the director had to ask Lee Pace leave the set, as Amy Adams admittedly was so distracted by him since "he just looked so dashing".
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Winifred Watson's book was published the fall of 1938 and it became a smash hit. Plans were in the works for a Hollywood film version starring Billie Burke as Miss Pettigrew, but the start of WWII brought those plans to a halt. The publisher re-released the book in 2000 which lead to it being "found" again by Hollywood after 60+ years.
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Frances McDormand's character Guinevere Pettigrew claims to be raised by a clergyman, when in real life, McDormand's adoptive father is Canadian minister Vernan McDormand.
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On the balcony, Miss Pettigrew is talking to Edith. The two soldier extras behind Edith are in the shot. Edith switches places and the same two extras are in the shot on the other side of the balcony. As Edith switches back to the first side, the same two extras enter the balcony from the sides she is on. There's no way for them to have gotten from one side of the balcony to other in half a second.
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In the scene on the balcony at the party, Miss Pettigrew's Martini changes from about one-third full to empty in an instant, just before Joe offers to refill it for her.
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In the scene where Delysia is telling Miss Pettigrew about her bit parts in the movies, she says she was "the one drinking the Margarita," but the Margarita wasn't invented until the 40s.
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Guinevere Pettigrew: [regarding the oncoming war] I don't think I can bear it again.
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Delysia: There is something so sensual about fur next to the skin, don't you think?
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Guinevere Pettigrew: I am not an expert on love, I am an expert on the lack of love, Delysia, and that is a fate from which I wish more fervently to save you.
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Is "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day" based on a book?
Yes. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a 1938 novel by British writer Winifred Watson.
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Lee Pace
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