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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 »



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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 <>

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The most fun money can buy See more »


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)


$95,461,682 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Liza Minnelli played a character, Linda Marolla, who had a similar first name to her own. Moreover, both surnames were Italian, and both first and last names shared the same L.M. initials. See more »


(at around 51 mins) Arthur is at Perry's door, while looking for Linda. Perry's wife opens the door and mouths some of Arthur's dialogue. She mouths the lines beginning with, "Very sorry to disturb you, Madam..." The last line she mouths is, "I hope this is the wrong house, no offense." See more »


Arthur: Do you HATE Perry's wife?
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.12 (2011) See more »


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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Delightful movie
11 July 2000 | by (chandler, az) – See all my reviews

Delightful movie. Side splitting laughs at times, heart warming at others. Sir John Gielgud is wonderfully funny and poignant as Hobson, Arthur's butler. My favorite scene is where he goes to Liza Minnelli's house to talk to her, you really sympathize for him and her. Memorable song "The best that you can do", and unforgettable characters make this a feel-good memorable movie. Definitely on my Top 30 of all time. 10/10

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