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Arthur (1981)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 17 July 1981 (USA)
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Alcoholic billionaire playboy Arthur Bach must marry a woman he does not love, or he will be cut off from his $750,000,000 fortune. But when Arthur falls in love with a poor waitress, he must decide if he wants to choose love or money.

Director:

Steve Gordon

Writer:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dudley Moore ... Arthur Bach
Liza Minnelli ... Linda Marolla
John Gielgud ... Hobson
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Martha Bach
Jill Eikenberry ... Susan Johnson
Stephen Elliott ... Burt Johnson
Ted Ross ... Bitterman
Barney Martin ... Ralph Marolla
Thomas Barbour Thomas Barbour ... Stanford Bach
Anne De Salvo ... Gloria
Marjorie Barnes Marjorie Barnes ... Hooker
Dillon Evans Dillon Evans ... Plaza Maitre D'
Maurice Copeland Maurice Copeland ... Uncle Peter
Justine Johnston Justine Johnston ... Aunt Pearl
Paul Vincent Paul Vincent ... Plaza Waiter
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Storyline

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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

I race cars, I play tennis, I fondle women, but I have weekends off and I am my own boss! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

In the numerous scenes where Arthur and Hobson are both present, Arthur is always sober and, with only two exceptions in the hospital scene, Hobson speaks every comedic line. In every scene where Arthur is drunk he speaks every comedic line, and Hobson is absent. See more »

Goofs

Position of Arthur's top hat changes in the bathtub scene after Hobson places it on the edge. See more »

Quotes

Ralph: Here's your tea.
Hobson: I despise tea. Now, would you go to the bathroom and bring me two aspirin? You'll find them on the top shelf to the left, behind the untouched shaving cream.
[Ralph looks embarrassed and leaves the room. Hobson coughs]
Linda: That sounds bad. Have you seen a doctor?
Hobson: Yes. And he has seen me.
Linda: You know, I think Arthur has a very good friend. May I kiss you on the cheek?
Hobson: Is it something you feel strongly about?
Linda: Yes.
[She kisses Hobson, who smiles, nods, and prepares to leave]
Linda: What about your ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Rod Stewart (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Moon
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Performed by Dudley Moore
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Good luck in prison
26 September 2000 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

Arthur Bach is decidedly unhappy in his life as a multi-millionaire and is attracted to people 'below him' in social standing - he pays for a hooker in the opening scenes and then is enormously attracted to a shoplifter.

He drinks quite a lot too, and sometimes he is driving while drinking, too, which of course is not funny, ever.

The movie is great but behind the comedy is some reality, too. John Gielgud wipes the floor with everyone else on screen and created a character for the ages. Talk about deserving an Oscar. Moore and Minnelli have their moments, but its Gielgud as "Hobson" you'll remember the most.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,719,534, 19 July 1981

Gross USA:

$95,461,682

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$95,461,682
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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