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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 Jill Eikenberry, whom he does not love. Everyone expects Arthur to behave himself, but nobody truly cares for his well-being, with the exception of father-figure butler John Gielgud (who won an Oscar for his performance) and blue-collar shoplifter Liza Minnelli. Arthur would prefer to marry the lowly Minnelli, but his iron-willed grandmother (Geraldine Fitzgerald) threatens to pull the plug on his huge inheritance if he doesn't honor his position in life and go through with his marriage to Eikenberry. A sequel, Arthur 2: On the Rocks, followed in 1988. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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review by . April 10, 2011
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***1/2 out of ****     How can you like a bumbling, man-child drunk such as Arthur? I too asked myself the same question. But then again, I considered the opposing question: How can you not? I sat down to watch the original "Arthur" film with relatively high expectations. I knew this thing was going to be promising, entertaining, funny, and 80's-cool in style. And it was, but it's also more than I bargained for. "Arthur" is a fun romp. It's a comedy, it's a drama, and it's a …
review by . December 30, 2009
One of the very best romantic comedies of the 1980's.
Recently, I watched the 1981 romantic comedy "Arthur" for the first time in a long time.  I discovered that nearly three decades after its initial release this film has not lost its any of its charm.  Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore) is a hapless millionaire playboy who is rarely sober and seems entirely incapable of doing anything for himself.  Lucky for him that his trusted valet Hobson (John Gielgud) is usually around and looking out for his interests.  …
Quick Tip by . August 30, 2009
One of my all time favs- ARTHUR- starring Dudley Moore, Liza Minelli- unforgettable characters, great writing, best love story.
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