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The Baltimore Sun

Petulia

"Petulia" Richard Lester was best known for his directing of the Beatles musical comedy classics: 1964's "A Hard Day's Night" and 1965's "Help!" And he finally got to show his range as a filmmaker with this lovely romantic drama set in San Francisco at the height of the Haight-Ashbury era -- even Big Brother and the Holding Company with lead singer Janis Joplin is featured in one scene. George C. Scott gives one of his more delicate performances as Archie, a physician who is in the throes of a divorce. At a charity event, he meets the quirky, beautiful socialite Petulia (Julie Christie), who is married to a handsome, abusive young man (Richard Chamberlain). Archie and Petulia -- two totally mismatched people -- find a fleeting love and happiness.
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