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Arthur Newman (2012)

R | | Drama | 13 June 2013 (Kuwait)
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A story of a man who fakes his own death and assumes a new identity in order to escape his life, who then moves in with a woman who is also trying to leave her past behind.

Director:

Dante Ariola

Writer:

Becky Johnston
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Arthur Newman (Wallace Avery)
Emily Blunt ... Mike (Charlotte Fitzgerald)
Lucas Hedges ... Kevin Avery
Anne Heche ... Mina Crawley
M. Emmet Walsh ... Zazek
Kristin Lehman ... Mary Alice Wells
Phillip Troy Linger ... Fuller Wells
Devon Woods Devon Woods ... Janie Wells
Sterling Beaumon ... Grant Wells
Natalia Volkodaeva ... Ludmila Hadley (as Natalie Volkodaeva)
Autumn Dial ... Charyl
Anthony Reynolds ... Park Ranger
Holden Hansen Holden Hansen ... Dying Man - Beauregard Tully
Ron Prather ... Detective #1
Jason Benjamin ... Cop
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Wallace Avery hates his job. His ex-wife and son hate him, and he's blown his one shot at living his dream. Not wanting to face all this, he stages his own death and buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman. However, Arthur's road trip towards anew life is interrupted by the arrival of the beautiful but fragile Mike, who is also trying to leave her past behind. Drawn to one another, these two damaged souls begin to connect as they break into empty homes and take on the identities of the absent owners: elderly newlyweds, a high-roller and his Russian lady, among others. Through this process, Arthur and Mike discover that what they love most about each other are the identities they left at home, and their real journey, that of healing, begins. Written by Becky Johnston

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If you don't have a life, get someone else's.

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Drama

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Rated R for sexual content, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 2013 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Arthur Newman, Golf Pro See more »

Filming Locations:

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Colin Firth plays a former professional golfer in the film, yet he had never seen a single golf swing prior to filming. See more »

Goofs

The Watts Hospital shown at the end is in Durham, NC. However, it stopped being a hospital in 1976. Since 1980 it has been part of the NC School of Science and Mathematics. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Unemployment Official: Congratulations, Mr. Avery. Putting you in the system, you're good to go. So by next week.
Wallace Avery: I, I can't wait 'til next week, I have business prospects elsewhere.
Unemployment Official: Oh, good for you, sir. Are you going to work at another FedEx?
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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.132 (2013) See more »

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Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind
Written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
Performed by Vashti Bunyan (as Vashti)
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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So Unrealistic! 3/10
6 September 2014 | by leonblackwoodSee all my reviews

Review: I found this storyline to be weak and a bit silly. If your going to fake your own death, surely your going to change the way you look and try and keep undercover. Anyway, the director really didn't think the whole storyline through and the acting, from these 2 A-listers, wasn't that terrific. The way that Colin Firth's character thoroughly planned his own death to become a golf pro, ditching his son in the process, was a recipe for disaster right from the beginning and when Blunts character was added to the mix, it just made things worse. The love story was predictable and the ending was very sketchy. Basically the director left it up to the audience to make up there own mind about Firth's character returning to reality, which could have been written much better. Anyway, I did loose interest halfway through the movie and I struggled to keep my eyes open. Disappointing! 

Round-Up: Colin Firth's career really does have it's up and downs. After winning the Oscar for The King's Speech, which he did deserve, and starring in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, he hasn't really starred in any major roles. With the release of Before I Go To Sleep coming out soon, maybe this will bring him back to the limelight. Emily Blunt seems to act the same in all of her movies, but she has been cast in some big budget blockbusters. From The Devil Wears Prada to the Edge Of Tomorrow, I doubt that this low budget movie will damage her career. As the movie is based around these 2 characters, there isn't that much to say about the rest of the cast, but I was expecting something better from these 2 major stars. 

Budget: N/A Worldwide Gross: $208,000 (Terrible!)

I recommend this movie to people who are into there dramas about a man faking his own death to work in a gold club. 3/10


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