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 ...
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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, with whom he could easily fall in love.Written by
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The movie's song, "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)", was co-written by Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, and Peter Allen, who was Liza Minnelli's ex-husband. Allen's only contribution to the song was its famous chorus lyric ("When you get caught between the moon and New York City, the best that you can do is fall in love.") He came up with this line while sitting on an airplane that was stuck in a holding pattern over New York City at night, waiting to land at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Despite his minimal contribution, the other three songwriters insisted that Allen receive a songwriting credit. He ended up winning an Academy Award for Best Song, just for this small, but important contribution. See more »
When Hobson comes to Linda's apartment, she comes out of her bedroom and closes the door behind her. Later in the scene, the door has mysteriously opened. See more »
[soliciting a prostitute]
What I had in mind was spending the night with a stranger who loves me.
Gonna cost you a hundred bucks.
Oh, yeah? What time do you get off?
[bursts out laughing]
Oh, that's funny!
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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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