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Arthur (1997)

Dudley Moore , Liza Minnelli , Steve Gordon  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud
  • Directors: Steve Gordon
  • Writers: Steve Gordon
  • Producers: Robert Greenhut, Charles H. Joffe
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 1997
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790731886
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,220 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Arthur" on IMDb

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When you get caught between the moon and New York City (ahem), chances are you'll find yourself taking another look at this hit comedy starring Oscar-nominated Dudley Moore as the charmingly witty, perpetually drunken millionaire Arthur Bach. Arthur falls in love with a waitress (Liza Minnelli) who doesn't care about his money, but unfortunately Arthur's stern father wants him to marry a Waspy prima donna. The young lush turns to his wise and loyal butler (Oscar-winner John Gielgud) for assistance and advice. Arthur was a huge hit when released in 1981, as was its Oscar-winning theme song by Christopher Cross. Few remember that the movie was, sadly, the only one ever made by writer-director Steve Gordon, who died less than a year after the film's release. Consistently funny and heartwarming, Arthur was hailed as a tribute to the great romantic comedies of the 1930s. --Jeff Shannon

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A dry British butler helps his tippling master choose love with a waitress or marriage for money. Best supporting Oscar for Gielgud.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Screwball Comedy at its Best December 6, 2005
When Arthur came out in 1981, I thought the trailers looked stupid. But I finally broke down and saw the film. I was not in the best of moods walking into the theatre but was smiling from ear to ear walking out. This is one of the funniest films ever.

Arthur Bock (Dudley Moore) is the quintessential spoiled second generation millionaire. He has never had to work a day in his life. He has his own penthouse suite complete with running trains and butler. Arthur's favorite pastime is getting drunk and embarrassing the upper-class.

We first see Arthur as he is being chauffeured through the red light district. He picks up a profession (her friend gets $50 for coming in second). He takes her to a fancy restaurant, saying she is a princess from a small country (so small that last year the recarpeted the entire country!). The next morning enter Hobson (John Gielguld), an acerbic British butler. He has the perfect one line response to any situation.

Arthur is summoned by his father. The edict is given that Arthur must marry the daughter of dad's business rival or be cut off from his inheritance. Arthur's answer to that is to go shopping and spend more of dad's money. There he spies a quirky shoplifter, Linda Marolla (Liza Minnelli). Something about her interests Arthur and he pursues her.

Eventually, reality wins out and Arthur must come to terms with his pending nuptials. Now this leads to the funniest scenes of the film. First is when Hobson realizes that Arthur really loves Linda and goes to her apartment to tell to go to the engagement party. (Best Line: "Please get me two aspirin. You will find them on the second shelf of the medicine cabinet behind the unused shave cream.") Next is when Linda shows up at the engagement party.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Charming, Witty, and Wonderful March 27, 2002
Nope, I'm not talking merely about Arthur, the hapless drunk millionaire playboy played so perfectly by Dudley Moore, but ARTHUR, the wonderful 1981 film directed by Steve Gordon. Although I eventually got tired of hearing the overplayed "Arthur's Theme" on the radio back in the early '80's, I really have not tired of watching this movie. It has aged surprisingly well for a film that makes such good use of the New York City locations that existed at that time (not to mention the quaint old taxicabs). This is a film with a basic romantic plot that deals primarily with how love wins over money; however, this film never takes its own plot too seriously. Instead, it has much more fun with the assorted *characters*, like Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore), Linda Marolla (Liza Minnelli), the wisecracking butler Hobson (hilariously played by the wonderful Sir John Gielgud, who deservedly won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for this), Arthur's dominating mother Martha Bach (Geraldine Fitzgerald), Arthur's WASP-y bride-to-be Susan Johnson (a pre-L.A. Law Jill Eikenberry), Susan's brutish father Burt Johnson (Stephen Elliott), and, of course, Bitterman, Arthur's Chauffer (Ted Ross, in a much better role than the Cowardly Lion he played in the big-budget 1978 misfire THE WIZ). Some of dialogue is classic, especially between Arthur and Hobson! Also, this is arguably the last great movie that Liza has ever starred in.
ARTHUR is one of the great comedies that most of the family can enjoy. However, it's not really for kids under age 10, as the language is fairly racy and major plot points involve prostitutes, shoplifting, and in the case of the perpetually inebriated Arthur, alcoholism.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, Poor DVD January 31, 2005
This is a nice DVD, if you don't mind that 27.9 percent of the original theatrical image has been removed for the DVD exhibition, so that the DVD image fills your entire 4:3 television screen (theatrical aspect ratio - 1.85:1; DVD aspect ratio - 4:3). If you're okay with that, enjoy!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent comedy, but.... July 19, 2004
Why is it that such a great movie, it was made only in full screen and horrible sound?
I had my home theater at its loudest and I could barely hear it.
Great movie, wrong format, horrible sound!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flippin' Sweet! November 16, 2005
No one doesn't love this movie. Classic. A lot of fun quotes, you'll be repeating lines from this movie for the rest of your life, and it gets funnier the more you watch it. Here are a few of my personal favorites:

"He's taking the knife out of the cheese! You think he wants some cheese?!"

"Arthur take my hand."

"But that would leave you with one."

"A real woman could get you to stop drinking."

"It'd have to be a real big woman."

"Don't you hate Perry's wife?"

"Pardon me miss... Oh, you're a hedge!"

Sometimes I wonder how much was improvised. It's a very fun movie, and "isn't fun the best thing to have?"
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Bad It's Full Screen November 20, 2003
By lio
Although the cinematography is not the best part of this movie, I guess most people would still want to see it in its entirety, not in its modified full screen format, which happens to this US release. To get this movie in widescreen, buy the UK release instead, and this is really too bad for a movie which is American. 2 stars deducted.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good time fun movie to watch and relax for an hour 1/2. Thumbs up...
All time favorite Dudley Moore movie funny and entertaining , I watch this movie at least once a year ,, just fun. *****
Published 15 days ago by THLNC
5.0 out of 5 stars Let the drinks flow and the laughs begin.
One of the best comedies ever. I can watch this movie over and over. Dudley Moore played the best drunk ever.
Published 29 days ago by Bonnie Rae
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Movie
One of my all time favorites.
It is HILARIOUS. Quotes from this movie come into play almost daily.
I don't remember meeting anyone who does not like this movie.
Published 1 month ago by Paul
1.0 out of 5 stars We're Supposed To Like The Title Character?
Arthur is a drunken member of a very rich family with no ambition whatsoever, and his mother gives him an ultimatum to marry a rich woman who Arthur does not love, or lose his... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Long Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 To 5 Stars. More Endearing Than Funny.
Dudley Moore was great, Liza Minelli was great, but John Gielgug was really great. I break this one out every once in a while and watch it again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Arthur
Classic, brilliant wit. I have been searching for this movie on DVD for years! Very reasonable price. Happy to have it.
Published 1 month ago by Jane
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
I have not seen this movie in many years, I laughed my head off like I was seeing it for the first time.
Published 2 months ago by kerwin knapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This was a gift for my wife, she loves this movie and we could not find it anywhere but on Amazon. It brought back alot of memories foe her.
Published 2 months ago by Jerry Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny!
Funny movie! My step-dad grew up with this movie so I bought it as a gift for him! He loved it. We laughed and laughed on movie night!
Published 2 months ago by kelseybeatty
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Movie
I bought this because this has always been one of my favorite movies. Now I have it stored on the cloud on my HDX and I can watch it when I choose. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Windwish
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