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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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Comedy | Romance

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17 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arturo, el millonario seductor  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$95,461,682 (USA)
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At one point during the production, Liza Minnelli is supposed to board a bus in front of Bergdorf's on Fifth Avenue. When a real bus came along, she boarded it thinking it was the "movie bus". Not until she was halfway down the block did she realize her blunder when she looked back and saw the whole crew cracking up. See more »

Goofs

When Hobson is in the hospital, a two-tiered cart is rolled up the hall of the hospital. The only things on the bottom is a glass container of orange juice and a glass. When the cart enters Hobson's hospital room, a carafe of coffee has joined the orange juice and glass. 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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Featured in The Unforgettable Dudley Moore (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)
Written by Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross and Peter Allen
Performed by Christopher Cross
Produced by Michael Omartian
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Without comparison, a genuine classic!
9 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

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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