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Arthur (1981)

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Arthur (DVD)

The world's richest and most lovable drunk risks everything when hefalls in love with an irascible waitress in the hilarious comedystarring Dudley Moore and Academy Award-winner Liza Minnelli -- Arthur.Arthur's (Moore) billionaire family gives him an ultimatum: He mustchoose between marrying the most boring rich girl (Jill Eikenberry) onLong Island or staying with his low-class, shoplifting girlfriend(Minnelli) and losing his inheritance. For the first time in his life,Arthur wants something he cannot buy--the woman he loves. Arthur's valetand best friend (John Gielgud) begs Arthur to marry the deadly dulldebutante and keep the money. But Arthur's heart simply won't let him.It's a situation that would drive a man to drink--if he weren't alreadydrunk--in this giddy, bubbly comic masterpiece.

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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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  • Actors: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Jill Eikenberry
  • Directors: Steve Gordon
  • Writers: Steve Gordon
  • Producers: Robert Greenhut, Charles 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: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (493 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790731886
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,614 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Robert J. Schneider on March 27, 2002
Format: DVD
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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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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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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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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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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By Wal... on February 10, 2012
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The supplier and delivery time was first rate including the clear crisp viewing quality of this DVD movie including the price, but a few parts of the movie has been edited out for some unknown reason which made the viewing continuity some what jumpy, considering I had just watched the real full length version a week earlier on a PBS TV channel and so I wanted to own the same exact copy. I can understand doing this editing for commercial TV broadcast for when time constraints are necessary or to tone down R-Rated movie to PG-13 for younger viewers, but this movie "Arthur" was a good funny plain ole PG rated classic 1980's comedy. So I felt some what cheated after receiving and viewing it for not getting exactly what I thought I was buying, but for the price including shipping that I paid which was under $10.00 total i'll still rate it OK.
But I would have been glad to pay a few dollars more if I could get the full length version if it was available, hopefully someone will explain the reason for shortened edited version of this movie.
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