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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 »



Won 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Elliott ...
Thomas Barbour ...
Stanford Bach
Marjorie Barnes ...
Dillon Evans ...
Plaza Maitre D'
Maurice Copeland ...
Uncle Peter
Justine Johnston ...
Aunt Pearl
Paul Vincent ...
Plaza Waiter


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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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

17 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arturo, el millonario seductor  »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,719,534, 19 July 1981, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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The role of Hobson, which won a Supporting Oscar for Sir John Gielgud, was originally intended for either David Niven or Alec Guinness. See more »


At the engagement party, Linda leans over the gentleman's shoulder to get her cigarette lit. Seconds later, while stepping back to observe the party, she asks the same gentleman to light the same cigarette. See more »


Gloria: My mother died when I was six.
Arthur: [bangs his fist on the table] Son of a bitch! Don't they know what they do to kids?
Gloria: My father raped me when I was twelve.
Arthur: So, you had six relatively good years? I'm sorry. Listen, my father screwed me, too.
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Dudley Moore Proves he's a Comic Powerhouse
8 January 2007 | by 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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