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Petulia (1968)

The slow-moving story of a divorced doctor’s relationship with a younger woman in San Francisco.

Archie Bollen (George C. Scott) is a gifted and successful San Francisco-based surgeon who, for reasons he can’t explain even to himself, has walked out on his virtuous and loving wife, Polo (Shirley Knight), and two young sons.

One night at a charity event, he is virtually ambushed by Petulia Danner (Julie Christie), who is youthful, beautiful, kooky in a free-spirited way and most unhappily married to David (Richard Chamberlain), the handsome young scion of a wealthy old California family.

Things turn out badly for the pair, despite the genuine feeling they achieve together, and the short affair ends up only making thing worse for Petulia, though Archie is left freed to explore his life options due to her influence.

Look out for Janis Joplin (in the band at the opening party) and Jerry Garcia (outside the crime scene).

The Grateful Dead play briefly in the club scene towards the end of the movie.

Adapted from the John Haase novel, Me and the Arch Kook Petulia.

Petulia Danner
Julie Christie
Archie Bollen
George C. Scott
David Danner
Richard Chamberlain
Barney
Arthur Hill
Polo
Shirley Knight
May
Pippa Scott
Wilma
Kathleen Widdoes
Warren
Roger Bowen
Mr Howard
Lou Gilbert
Mr Mendoza
Nate Esformes
Mrs Mendoza
Maria Val
Oliver
Vincent Arias
Michael
Eric Weiss
Stevie
Kevin Cooper
Mr Danner
Joseph Cotten
The Grateful Dead
Themselves
Big Brother and the Holding Company
Themselves
The Committee
Themselves
American Conservatory Theatre Co
Themselves

Director
Richard Lester