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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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Thomas Barbour ...
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Gloria
Marjorie Barnes ...
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Maurice Copeland ...
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Justine Johnston ...
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Paul Vincent ...
Plaza Waiter
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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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The most fun money can buy 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)

Opening Weekend:

$2,719,534 (USA) (19 July 1981)

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$95,461,682 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Jeff Bridges, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Jack Nicholson, Sylvester Stallone and Robin Williams were all considered for the lead role of Arthur See more »

Goofs

In the shopping scene inside Bergdorf-Goodman, to spite his father, Arthur orders 4 dozen shirts, then goes on to tell the cashier, "I want 14 of these sweaters... all green... I don't wear sweaters..." A few scenes later in the floral shop, we see Arthur clearly wearing a purple sweater... and then again when he is visiting his Aunt Martha Bach, he is seen wearing a bright yellow sweater. So much for his statement "I don't wear sweaters..." See more »

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Arthur: I just told Linda I was getting engaged.
Hobson: I don't know why; a little tart like that could save you a fortune in prostitutes.
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Connections

Featured in I Love the '80s: 1981 (2002) See more »

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Waltz in C-sharp minor Op. 64-2
(uncredited)
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Dudley Moore
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The laughs never get old.
23 February 2002 | by (Indianapolis, IN) – See all my reviews

From the beginning of this movie it seems apparent that the role of Arthur was meant to be played by a much younger actor. By the end, it's clear that nobody other than Dudley Moore could have done it so well. Looking back, one remembers the sappy Christopher Cross theme song (does anyone remember Christopher Cross?) and oh-so-80's clothing and sets with an unavoidable nostalgia. But the triumvirate of Moore as Arthur, Liza Minnelli as Linda, and Sir Johnny G as the butler Hobson, dripping with sarcasm and at the pinnacle of his considerable talent, make this more than a throw-away farce.

All the best lines belong to Gielgud, and the Academy Award was hardly adequate for such a legendary performance. Moore's lovable drunk would wear thin in later years, but here it is a fresh and delightful tour de force in the most politically incorrect way. Liza is flawless, but one hates to see her in a non-musical role, for fear of squandering such an immense talent. But the chemistry, the synergy between these legends is palpable.

The laughs never get old. It is, however, a tragedy that the DVD is not available in cinematic aspect.


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