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

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$95,461,682 (USA)
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According to his widow, John Belushi was offered the role of Arthur, but ultimately turned it down, fearing typecasting. See more »

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When Arthur proposes to Susan, he grabs her hand twice after Susan asks, "Take my hand, Arthur." See more »

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Arthur: [to Susan] Do you have any objection to naming a child Vladimir? Even a girl?
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Remade as Nee Thanda Kanike (1985) See more »

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It's Only Love
Written by Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager and Stephen Bishop
Performed by Stephen Bishop
Produced by Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager and Stephen Bishop
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Dudley Moore Proves he's a Comic Powerhouse
8 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The late Dudley Moore had the most famous role of his too-short career in 1981's ARTHUR, a raucously funny and alternately touching tale that generates warm smiles, big belly-laughs, and an occasional tear if you're in the right mood. Moore received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as Arthur Bach, a drunken playboy who "races cars, plays tennis, fondles women, but he has weekends off and he's his own boss." Arthur is destined to inherit 750 million dollars when he marries a snooty society girl named Susan Johnston (Jill Eikenberry)who is the spoiled daughter of an undercover gangster. Things get sticky when Arthur meets Linda Morolla (Liza Minnelli) a waitress/struggling actress from Queens who steals neckties for her father's birthday. Moore lights up the screen in one of the single funniest performances of the last 50 years. The late Sir John Gielgud won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his flawless turn as Arthur's acid-tongued butler and best friend, Hobson, whose outward disdain for Arthur's behavior covers more paternal feelings. There are other funny contributions by Barney Martin as Linda's father. Stephen Elliott as Susan's father, and Geraldine Fitzgerald as Arthur's demented grandmother. The film was directed with a keen eye for comedy by a first time director named Steve Gordon, who, sadly, died the following the year. There was also a forgettable sequel several years later, but this instant classic is not to be missed.


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