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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Arthur Bach
... Linda Marolla
... Hobson
... Martha Bach
... Susan Johnson
Stephen Elliott ... Burt Johnson
... Bitterman
... Ralph Marolla
Thomas Barbour ... Stanford Bach
... Gloria
Marjorie Barnes ... Hooker
Dillon Evans ... Plaza Maitre D'
Maurice Copeland ... Uncle Peter
Justine Johnston ... Aunt Pearl
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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I race cars, I play tennis, I fondle women, but I have weekends off and I am my own boss! 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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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$95,461,682
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shooting in New York City in the summer of 1980 drew thousands of onlookers curious about Liza Minnelli's new project. One of the older onlookers confused Minnelli for her mother, Judy Garland. 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 »

Quotes

[Arthur suddenly laughs uproariously]
Gloria: What's so funny now?
Arthur: Sometimes I just think funny things.
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Connections

Followed by Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Moon
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Performed by Dudley Moore
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The laughs never get old.
23 February 2002 | by 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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