Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Every woman will have her day.

Lee Pace as Michael
Directed by Bharat Nalluri
Written by David Magee, Simon Beaufoy, Winifred Watson
Release Date: August 15, 2008
Also starring: Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Ciarán Hinds
Genre: Comedy | Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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.

Trivia & Facts

• 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”.

• Amy Adams and Lee Pace both did their own singing.

Memorable Quotes

Michael: One picks up a few tricks in prison, you know, breaking and entering being one of them.

Michael: Pure and simple, I want you to marry me, and it’s a one word conversation Delysia.

Michael: Oh, stalling tactic. Is it because I’m not rich enough for her?

Michael: Money or love, that’s the question I’m asking.

Michael: Then floating past the Tower of London, I had a brain wave. Decided the ring I had wasn’t good enough for her. And when a man wants a diamond, what better place to get it?

Quotes About The Film

“I actually learned to play the three songs I do in the movie. I could probably still play them, if I was drunk at a party.”

“The only thing I had to do is fall in love with Amy Adams. That’s so much easier than crying and fighting.” (Comparing the movie to Soldier’s Girl.)

“I did a musical in high school. I never really sang. It was the first thing I did on the movie– me and Amy went to Abbey Road, which was awesome, to record that song. We’re in the studio where the Beatles and Pink Floyd and, you know, greats have been. We had this glass between our booth, and we just looked at each other and did the song. She’s done that before, so she understands what she’s supposed to do . I had never done it before, so I just faked it.”


From TheNedPages:
“Lee Pace, as her accompanist and true love embodies a vulnerable but stalwart solidity that makes it clear what she finds attractive about him”

From TheCinemaSource:
“But may I take a moment to praise another rising talent? Lee Pace. This guy is fated for stardom in a big way. People love him. He already received a Golden Globe nod for his role as Ned the piemaker on the critically acclaimed T.V. show, Pushing Daisies, and most importantly, he’s got that inexplicable Jimmy Stewart-esque charm—a charm that had the power to so distract Amy Adams on set that he was asked to leave the room so she could finish filming. (It’s true, Adams said so in Elle magazine’s March issue). Whatever strange power Lee Pace has, it glues me to the screen every time he’s on it.” [Love this one!]

From The Screening Log:
“Acting honors also go to . . . Lee Pace as one of Delysia’s boyfriends”

From PopJournalism:
“And for those who have already fallen for the charming Pace on ABC’s Pushing Daisies, his portrayal of the love struck pianist will only reel you in further.”

From MovieSharkDeblore:
“Lee Pace, who has stolen our hearts on tv in “Pushing Daises” is charming as lovestruck Michael”

From FilmArcade:
“The yummy Lee Pace does a convincingly scruffy 1930’s British accent.”

From Reel Views:
“Lee Pace, one of the stars of the TV series Pushing Daisies, has all the right qualities for Delysia’s romantic partner, chief of which is likeability”

From CultureVulture:
“Lee Pace, Ciarán Hinds, Mark Strong and Tom Payne all bring life and heart to their performances”

From MightyGanesha:
“matinee-idol handsome Lee Pace as Michael”

From FresnoBee:
“Lee Pace is sharp as Delysia’s destitute true love”

From Cinemattraction:
“And Pace, lately of television’s scrumptious Pushing Daisies, is simultaneously suave and brittle (and does a heck of a British accent) as the man pining for Delysia’s love.”

From Film Intuition:
“a star-making supporting turn from Pushing Daisies television star Lee Pace (who looks like Clive Owen’s adorable younger brother)”

From Ray’s Rave Reviews:
“Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) is remarkably affecting as Delysia’s valiant soulmate. His puppy eyes are so expressive of his feelings for her.”

From Draven99’sMusings:
“Then there is Lee Pace, channeling a touch of Clive Owen suaveness, as the piano player. He has a great presence, continuing his success from his role on Pushing Daisies. ”

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