Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
  • Rate: 7.0/10 total 11,957 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 27 March 2008 (Hong Kong)
  • Runtime: 92 min
  • Filming Location: Ealing Studios, Ealing, London, England, UK
  • Gross: $16,051,363(Worldwide)(25 January 2009)
  • Director: Bharat Nalluri
  • Stars: Frances McDormand, Amy Adams and Ciarán Hinds
  • Original Music By: Paul Englishby   
  • Soundtrack: T'Aint What You Do (It's the Way That Cha Do It)
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital EX
  • Plot Keyword: Governess | Singer | Lingerie | Actress | Piano

Writing Credits By:

  • David Magee (screenplay) and
  • Simon Beaufoy (screenplay)
  • Winifred Watson (novel)

Known Trivia

  • 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.
  • 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.

Goofs: Continuity: When Delysia Lafosse gets up from the bathtub, her right hand is covered in soap suds. In a close-up shot seconds later, the suds are gone.

Plot: 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. Full summary »  »

Story: 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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Synopsis: In 1939 London, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew (played by Ms. McDormand) is a middle-aged governess who finds herself once again unfairly dismissed from her job. Without so much as severance pay, Miss Pettigrew realizes that she must for the first time in two decades seize the day. This she does, by intercepting an employment assignment outside of her comfort level as social secretary. Arriving at a penthouse apartment for the interview, Miss Pettigrew is catapulted into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse (Ms. Adams). Within minutes, Miss Pettigrew finds herself swept into a heady high-society milieu and, within hours, living it up. Taking the social secretary designation to heart, she tries to help her new friend Delysia navigate a love life and career, both of which are complicated by the three men in Delysias orbit; devoted pianist Michael (Mr. Pace), intimidating nightclub owner Nick (Mr. Strong), and impressionable junior impresario Phil (Mr. Payne). Miss Pettigrew herself is blushingly drawn to the gallant Joe (Mr. Hinds), a successful designer who is tenuously engaged to haughty fashion maven Edythe (Ms. Henderson) the one person who senses that the new social secretary may be out of her element, and schemes to undermine her. Over the next 24 hours, Guinevere and Delysia will empower each other to discover their romantic destinies.

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Produced By:

  • Nellie Bellflower known as producer
  • Jane Frazer known as co-producer
  • Stephen Garrett known as producer
  • Maggi Townley known as associate producer
  • Paul Webster known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Amy Adams known as Delysia
  • David Alexander known as Chestnut Seller
  • Clare Clifford known as Margery
  • Christina Cole known as Charlotte Warren
  • Stephanie Cole known as Miss Holt
  • Beatie Edney known as Mrs. Brummegan
  • Shirley Henderson known as Edythe
  • Ciarán Hinds known as Joe
  • Sarah Kants known as Annabel Darlington
  • Sally Leonard known as Woman at Train Station
  • Frances McDormand known as Miss Pettigrew
  • Katy Murphy known as Miss Holt's Assistant
  • Lee Pace known as Michael
  • Tom Payne known as Phil
  • Tim Potter known as Nightclub Patron
  • Matt Ryan known as Gerry
  • Mark Strong known as Nick
  • Mo Zinal known as Lenny (as Mo Zainal)
  • James Fiddy known as Party-goer (uncredited)
  • Silvia Lombardo known as Nightclub Patron's Lover (uncredited)
  • Chris Mansfield known as Prison Guard (uncredited)
  • Alana O'Neill known as Society Lady (uncredited)
  • Pam Rose known as Society Lady (uncredited)
  • Leonard Silver known as Butler (uncredited)
  • Pauline Stone known as Society Lady (uncredited)
  • Richard Upton known as Head Silver Service Waiter (uncredited)
  • Ben Wood known as Fan (uncredited)

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  • Anita Burger known as extras hair stylist
  • Anita Burger known as extras makeup artist
  • Karen Cohen known as hair stylist
  • Fae Hammond known as hair designer
  • Fae Hammond known as makeup designer
  • Sharon Martin known as key hair stylist
  • Sharon Martin known as key makeup artist
  • Sue Westwood known as hair stylist (as Su Westwood)
  • Sue Westwood known as makeup artist (as Su Westwood)
  • Ursula Adelhelm known as makeup trainee (uncredited)
  • Francesco Alberico known as hair stylist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Joshua Barraud known as stand-by props (as Josh Barraud)
  • Mark Bewley known as head of department plasterer
  • Mark Billingham known as dressing props
  • Ken Burnett known as property storeman (as Kenny Burnett)
  • Netty Chapman known as stand-by art director
  • Raymond Churchouse known as supervising plasterer (as Ray Churchouse)
  • Stephen Conway known as dressing props
  • Guy Cope known as stand-by rigger
  • Gavin Dean known as art department runner
  • Emma Hanson known as sculptor
  • Alison Harvey known as props buyer
  • David Thomas Haynes known as head of department painter
  • John Haynes known as supervising painter
  • Lee Hosken known as stand-by carpenter
  • Tony Hoskins known as head of department carpenter
  • Simon Hutchings known as stand-by painter
  • Gary Martin known as dressing props
  • Daryn McLaughlan known as assistant art director
  • Elly Meyrick known as assistant props buyer
  • Graham Mitchell known as carpenter
  • Eddie Murphy known as carpenter
  • Eddie O'Neill known as supervising stagehand
  • Sarah Pasquali known as graphic artist
  • Adrian Platt known as dressing props
  • Simon Riley known as dressing props
  • Nigel Ross known as stand-by stagehand
  • Russell Sargent known as supervising carpenter
  • Kristin Theyers known as stand-by props
  • Sophie Tyler known as assistant set decorator
  • Stuart Watson known as construction manager
  • Stephen Alan Wilson known as supervising carpenter (as Stephen Wilson)
  • Dennis Wiseman known as property master
  • Lee Wiseman known as dressing props
  • Dorrie Young known as art department assistant
  • Andrea Couch known as draughtsperson (uncredited)
  • Rohan Harris known as props (uncredited)
  • Tony Marks known as carpenter (uncredited)

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Production Companies:

  • Focus Features (presents)
  • Kudos Productions Ltd. (co-production)
  • Keylight Entertainment Group (co-production)
  • Twins Financing (produced in association with)

Other Companies:

  • AON/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services  insurance
  • Access Bookings  accommodation
  • Air Lyndhurst Studios  music recording and mixing facility (as Air Lyndhurst, London)
  • Audiolink Radio Communications  walkie talkies/mobiles
  • Bellwood Media  clearance services
  • C&M Location Services  security
  • Deluxe  color
  • Framestore CFC  digital intermediate
  • Goldcrest Post Production London  adr recorded at (as Goldcrest Studios)
  • Hackenbacker Audio Post Production  audio facilities
  • Hackenbacker Audio Post Production  sound re-recorded at
  • Hothouse Music  music supervisor
  • Howard Schwartz Recording  adr recorded at
  • Isobel Griffiths Limited  music contractor
  • Joe Dunton & Company  camera equipment provided by
  • Kodak  film stock
  • London Session Orchestra, The  orchestra (uncredited)
  • MGM Cars  action vehicles
  • Midnight Transfer  telecine
  • Momoco/Maguffin  main titles and end credits
  • Natural Addiction  craft service (as Natural Addictions)
  • PMA Production  EPK produced by
  • POP Sound  adr recorded at
  • Panalux  grip and lighting equipment
  • Pivotal Post  editing equipment
  • Production Copier Company  production equipment and services
  • Professional Negative Cutting  negative cutting
  • Reel Meals(Take 2)  catering
  • Sargent-Disc  payroll services
  • Supercolor  stills processing
  • The Casting Network  extras casting
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack
  • Voice Activated  adr voice casting
  • Watson Brown  construction company
  • West 7 Post Production  editing equipment
  • Wiggin  legal services

Distributors:

  • Focus Features (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • EuropaCorp. Distribution (2009) (France) (theatrical)
  • Long Shong Entertainment Multimedia Company (2008) (Taiwan) (theatrical)
  • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Svensk Filmindustri (SF) (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Alliance (2008) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Blue Sky Media (2007) (Czech Republic) (all media)
  • Castello Lopes Multimedia (2008) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Deltamac Entertainment (2008) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • FS Film Oy (2008) (Finland) (all media)
  • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (DVD)
  • RCV Home Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Universum Film (UFA) (2009) (Germany) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • Double Negative (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Louie Alexander known as retouch and restoration: Framestore CFC
  • Jaume Arteman known as compositor: Double Negative
  • Ben Baker known as head of digital lab: Framestore CFC
  • Adrian Banton known as senior compositor: Double Negative
  • Clare Brody known as data operator: Framestore CFC
  • Paul Burke known as scanning and recording: Framestore
  • Andy Burrow known as scanning and recording manager: Framestore CFC
  • Francesca Canducci known as retouch and restoration: Framestore CFC
  • Ian Copeland known as rotoscope artist: Double Negative
  • Eric D'Souza known as digital lab engineer: Framestore CFC
  • Jerome Dewhurst known as digital lab engineer: Framestore CFC
  • Miles Drake known as studio manager: Double Negative
  • Julian Foddy known as 3D artist: Double Negative
  • Azzard Gordon known as digital matchmove artist: Double Negative
  • Pete Hanson known as studio manager: Double Negative
  • Jeremy Hardin known as 3D artist: Double Negative
  • Adam Hawkes known as retouch and restoration: Framestore CFC
  • Karsten Hecker known as scanning and recording: Framestore CFC
  • Joe Hoare known as scanning and recording: Framestore CFC
  • John Inch known as retouch and restoration: Framestore CFC
  • Alex Ireland known as compositor: Double Negative
  • Yan Jennings known as film mastering engineer: Framestore CFC
  • David Johnston known as data operator: Framestore CFC
  • James Long known as data operator: Framestore CFC
  • Kevin Lowery known as film mastering engineer: Framestrore CFC
  • Veronica Marcano known as scanning and recording: Framestore CFC (as Veronica Mercano)
  • Jan Maroske known as compositor: Double Negative
  • Gurel Mehmet known as digital matte painter: Double Negative
  • John Moffatt known as visual effects supervisor: Double Negative
  • Kate Phillips known as visual effects producer: Double Negative
  • Ian Redmond known as digital lab engineer: Framestore CFC
  • Jimmy Saul known as scanning and recording: Framestore CFC (as James Saul)
  • Dan Snape known as compositor: Double Negative
  • Nick Stanley known as retouch and restoration: Framestore CFC
  • Melissa Taylor known as visual effects executive producer: Double Negative
  • Odean Thompson known as retouch and restoration: Framestore CFC (as O'Dean Thompson)
  • Christian Toft known as 3D artist: Double Negative
  • Annabel Wright known as conform editor: Framestore CFC
  • Matthew Baker known as retouch and restoration: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
  • Zachary Bloom known as scanning and recording: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
  • Turea Blyth known as visual effects editorial: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
  • Nik Brownlee known as digital compositor: Double Negative (uncredited)
  • Richard Edwards known as data operator: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
  • Mai Gray known as retouch and restoration: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
  • Alistair Hamer known as film mastering engineer (uncredited)
  • Adam Hawkes known as title compositor (uncredited)
  • Lee Ifans known as visual effects editor: Double Negative (uncredited)
  • Taz Lodder known as technical support: Double Negative (uncredited)
  • Lee Rankin known as scanning and recording: Framestore CFC (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 7 March 2008 (limited)
  • Hong Kong 27 March 2008
  • Greece 17 April 2008 (limited)
  • Portugal 17 April 2008
  • Israel 1 May 2008
  • Australia 8 May 2008
  • UK 25 June 2008 (Edinburgh Film Festival)
  • Finland 25 July 2008
  • Ireland 15 August 2008
  • UK 15 August 2008
  • India 22 August 2008
  • Hungary 4 September 2008
  • Netherlands 9 September 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Norway 19 September 2008
  • South Korea 2 October 2008
  • Denmark 31 October 2008
  • Sweden 31 October 2008
  • Spain 5 December 2008
  • Brazil 12 December 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 16 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • France 25 February 2009
  • Philippines 22 April 2009 (limited)
  • Argentina 9 September 2009 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some partial nudity and innuendo

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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