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Arthur (1981)

 -  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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Arturo, el millonario seductor  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$95,461,682 (USA)
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Apparently, writer-director Steve Gordon had originally wanted to cast George Segal in the lead role of Arthur. After the box-office success of 10 (1979) however, Dudley Moore replaced Segal. This movie was actually the second time that Moore replaced Segal. Segal was originally cast in the lead role in 10 (1979) but Segal apparently walked off the set shortly after filming began. Reportedly, this was rumored because Julie Andrews' role had been built up. Apparently, after 10 (1979) had been released, Segal, when once asked if he had seen the movie, allegedly replied with a finger gesture. See more »

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During the proposal scene, the ring is sitting in its box on the table, then it suddenly appears in Arthur's hand without him taking it out of the box. See more »

Quotes

Perry's Wife: [screams] MY HUSBAND HAS A GUN!
Arthur: I'm sure he does, madam. For all I know, he shot it while you screamed.
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If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie)
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Written by Buddy G. DeSylva / Joseph Meyer
Performed by Dudley Moore
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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's Arthur, drunk again!
26 January 2002 | by (Swindon, England) – See all my reviews

It's hard to put your finger on this one. Basically I suppose it's a comedy about an idle rich drunk who falls in love with a (comparatively) poor girl, whom he wants to marry at the risk of being disowned by his family.

It has funny moments, romantic moments, and touching moments. Dudley Moore is funny and somehow makes his self-centred character endearing, Liza Minelli is a convincing foil as the the feisty opposite he attracts, but John Gielgud steals the show as Arthur's wonderfully sarcastic butler.

It's corny but great fun with a memorable soundtrack, and ran for nearly 3 months at our local fleapit.


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