Arthur

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Released 1981

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Director:
Steve Gordon (I)
Released:
1981
Rating:
PG
Arthur is a comedy about Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore), a privileged playboy from New York who enjoys overindulging in alcohol, women and the finer things in life. Disappointed in his life choices, his family decides that he can only inherit his father's (Thomas Barbour) $750 million dollar fortune if he marries Susan Johnson (Jill Eikenberry), a reliable and responsible family friend. Arthur unhappily agrees to the plan because he cannot imagine his life without the fortune that he has grown accustomed to. He becomes even more conflicted when he meets Linda Marolla (Liza Minelli), a waitress from Queens who is addicted to shoplifting. Arthur falls in love with Linda but does not know how to extricate himself from his impending marriage. Hobson (John Gielgud), Arthur's valet and confident, attempts to help the young man, but when he suddenly falls ill, Arthur's world is turned upside down. Arthur was written and directed by Steve Gordon and was nominated for a total of four Academy Awards, including Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.moreless

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    You might be tempted to think that Arthur would be a bore, because it is about a drunk who is always trying to tell you stories. You would be right if Arthur were a party and you w...

  • 75

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Rick Groen

    Arthur constantly flirts with the trite and dallies with the excessive. But it goes steady with neither, and so makes for a very pleasant companion on a warm summer eve. [17 July 1...

  • 60

    Empire William Thomas

    While Dudley's booze-sodden antics tire after a while, there's relief in the form of John Gielgud as the old-fashioned English butler with a nice line in four-letter words, and a r...

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Comedy, Drama

Themes

sassy housekeeper, witty remarks, drunk humor, self destruction, womanizers