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Arthur (1981)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 17 July 1981 (USA)
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Arthur spends his time with booze and whores. His dad has a wife lined up for him that he keeps rejecting - until it's her or being cut off from $750,000,000. Then he goes shopping where he falls in love with a shoplifter.

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Steve Gordon

Writer:

Steve Gordon
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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 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>

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The most fun money can buy See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Oprah Winfrey's favorite movie when asked, circa 1989. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Hobson: [to Ralph] If you and your undershirt will walk two paces backwards, I could enter this dwelling.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie)
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Written by Buddy G. DeSylva / Joseph Meyer
Performed by Dudley Moore
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John Guilgud Steals The Show And Rightly Won The Oscar
30 January 2015 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

I really wanted to like this movie, and it was OK, but it was not as good as O remember.

Plot in A Paragraph: Arthur (Dudley Moore) is a happy drunk with no ambition in life. 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 his family expects she will make something of him. Arthur does as he's told and proposes, but then meets a girl (Liza Minelli) with no money who he could easily fall in love with.

Dudley Moore's drunk act had me cringing, and found it annoying, yet his sober Arthur was more watchable. Liza Minelli is a joy (as always) as Linda Marolla, as is Geraldine Fitzgerald as Martha (Arthur's Grandmother) but it is John Geilgud as Hobson that steals the show (and rightfully took home the Oscar) that steals the show. He is brilliant.

This movie also features one of my favourite songs of all time 'Arthur's theme' by Christian Cross


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