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The ads for Arthur suggested that this was an obnoxious film about an obnoxious man, an eternally drunken millionaire indulging his every whim. Instead, Arthur (Dudley Moore) is a sweet, somewhat pathetic character whose millions have left him lonely and with no motivation in life. When the film opens, Arthur is on the threshold of an arranged marriage with simpering socialite Susan (Jill Eikenberry), whom he does not love. Everyone expects Arthur to behave himself, but nobody truly cares for
Jul 17, 1981 Wide
Aug 27, 1997
Orion Pictures Corporation
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Arthur is a sparkling entertainment which attempts, with a large measure of success, to resurrect the amusingly artificial conventions of 1930s screwball romantic comedies.
Only someone with a heart of stone could fail to love a drunk like Arthur Bach.
Mr. Gordon's screenplay is full of funny things, and it's beautifully paced, but it's the performances that give the picture its true classiness.
...suffers from a hit-and-miss quality that wreaks havoc on its momentum...
Moore is predictable as the spoiled scion of wealth, Minnelli is terrific as his candid sweetheart, but Gielgud's loyal yet sarcastic servant steals the film.
A modern screwball comedy, in the vein of My Man Godfrey and other Depression era gems, Arthur was written and directed by Steve Gordon, who received an Oscar nomination for Original Screenplay.
Moore is a great, funny drunk...even though it is all so politically incorrect now.
One will delightfully get drunk between the moon and New York City by drinking up the spry essence in Gordon's romantic comedy Arthur
Simply comedy cold.
It's the movie we'll forever know Dudley Moore for -- and the late John Gielgud, too, who is put out to pasture about halfway through this classic comedy.
One of the best comedies of the 1980s; Moore's signature role
Dudley's drunk act wears thin quickly, but Liza is adorable and Sir John is perfection.
- Mr. Hobson: If I begin to die, please take this off my head. It is not how I wish to be remembered.
- Arthur Bach: You must have hated this moose...
- Arthur Bach: Don't you wish you were me? I know I do...
- Mr. Hobson: As we can all see, it's a beautiful morning, which would seem to indicate that the night is over.
- Arthur Bach: You, uh... probably ate out that night, what with that man lying in your kitchen.
- Arthur Bach: You're a hooker? I just thought I was doing great with you!
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