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Arthur (1981)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  17 July 1981 (USA)
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Arthur is a happy drunk with no pretensions at any ambition. He is also the heir to a vast fortune which he is told will only be his if he marries Susan. He does not love Susan, but she ... See full summary »

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Arthur is a happy drunk with no pretensions at any ambition. He is also the heir to a vast fortune which he is told will only be his if he marries Susan. He does not love Susan, but she will make something of him the family expects. Arthur proposes but then meets a girl with no money who he could easily fall in love with. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Not everyone who drinks is a poet, some of us drink because we're not. See more »

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17 July 1981 (USA)  »

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Arturo, el millonario seductor  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$95,461,682 (USA)
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Bud Cort was originally suggested for the role of Arthur. Apparently, Cort was actually cast in the part but withdrew prior to principal photography. See more »

Goofs

(at around 51 mins) Arthur is at Perry's door, while looking for Linda. Perry's wife opens the door and mouths some of Arthur's dialogue. She mouths the lines beginning with, "Very sorry to disturb you, Madam..." The last line she mouths is, "I hope this is the wrong house, no offense." See more »

Quotes

Arthur: [to the mounted moosehead in Burt's den] This must be awfully embarrassing for you.
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Fool Me Again
Written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager
Performed by Nicolette Larson
Produced by Andrew Gold
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Without comparison, a genuine classic!
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Now, i will not deny that the 2011 remake was what brought me here, and also that i thoroughly enjoyed it. (despite my prior dislike of Mr brand)..

HOWEVER this movie, the original, showed how much better movies were 'back in the days'. Considering it was made exactly thirty years ago, i was surprised how much the comedy still stuck me with this gawkish grin through the whole thing...

I am outraged that Moore didn't win the Oscar for his performance! If Peter Cook (who Moore was said to have based Arthur on) was really like this when he was drunk then i don't why any comedians stay sober!

Now, without making unnecessary comparisons to the remake, i thought that considering that Dudley Moore was in his forties when he made this i couldn't deny his decidedly English charm oh and that laugh!

I am utterly ashamed i didn't know of this movie before, but at least thats something i can thank Russell for!


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