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Arthur (1981)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 17 July 1981 (USA)
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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Gloria
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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)  »

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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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This movie is the only ever theatrical feature film directed by Steve Gordon. This movie's sequel Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988) is dedicated to the memory of Gordon who died in late 1982 which was only about eighteen months after this picture had debuted. See more »

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The length of Arthur's hair changes back and forth throughout the final scenes. See more »

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Hobson: Arthur, you're a good son.
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Referenced in The 87th Annual Academy Awards (2015) See more »

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Strangers in the Night
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Music by Bert Kaempfert
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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