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Petulia (1968)




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Julie Christie plays Petulia Danner, a young married woman who falls in love with San Francisco doctor Archie Bollen (George C. Scott). Having just left his wife Polo (Shirley Knight), the middle-aged Archie is anxious to kick over the traces and recapture his youth. Fascinated by the free-spirited Petulia, Archie feels as though he's shed several years every time he sees her. But Archie will never understand what makes Petulia tick: why, for example, is she willing to remain married to her impotent, abusive husband (Richard Chamberlain)? If the 1960s was truly the "No Commitment" decade, Petulia was its talisman. Of particular interest to rock-music buffs are the fleeting appearances of The Grateful Dead and Big Brother and the Holding Company.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Larry Marcus, Lawrence B. Marcus, Barbara Turner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 20, 2006
Warner Home Video


Julie Christie
as Petulia Danner
George C. Scott
as Dr. Archie Bollen
Richard Chamberlain
as David Danner
Richard Dysart
as Motel Receptionist
Lou Gilbert
as Mr. Howard
Nate Esformes
as Mr. Mendoza
Maria Val
as Mrs. Mendoza
Eric Weiss
as Michael
Joseph Cotten
as Mr. Danner
Peter Albin
as Band Member
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Critic Reviews for Petulia

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5) anti-The Graduate ... an essential film from and about America in the dying days of the '60s, yet the modernism of its style and ambitions makes Petulia impressively ahead of that time.

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Jack-rabbiting technique embodies foreboding and dissonance rather than gimmicky whimsy

Full Review… | March 15, 2010

Audience Reviews for Petulia

I don't remember this movie well, but I can tell you that the summary on here is totally wrong. Look it up on imdb, that's the real summary. Anyway, this is another one of those love and divorce and affair related movies. Pretty average, from what I remember.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


VERY 60's! Episodic and stream of conciousness. The clothes are great and Julie is luminous.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Sometimes you really don't know what to say about a movie other than "that was one of the goofiest exercises in cinema I have seen in a long time." The main story is constantly intercut with short clips of future, past, or random events, incongruous moments and locales pop up just to make you scratch your head, all the while involving you in a melodramatic-romantic-comedic-mystery! Reminiscent of Bunuel infused with a swinging '60s sensibility, would not be out of place as an aperitif during a David Lynch film festival either. Throw in some fantastic masterful camerawork by Nicolas Roeg and you've got an experience you won't soon forget, or sort out.

Doctor Strangeblog

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