PETULIA was a transitional work for director Richard Lester, a cross between the jump-cutting gimmickry of his earlier films (A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, THE KNACK) and the more conventional storytelling of JUGGERNAUT and ROBIN AND MARIAN. Extravagantly praised by some critics and dismissed by
others, it is nevertheless one of the best American films of the sixties (if largely by default). Archie Bollen (George C. Scott) meets Petulia Danner (Julie Christie) at a San Francisco charity function with countercultural pretensions (The Grateful Dead and Big Brother and the Holding Company
provide the entertainment). Bollen doesn't know that Petulia recognizes him as the surgeon...