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Arthur [DVD] [1981]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2009
Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore) is an undeservedly rich man and spends most of his time dreadfully drunk. His story stems from the $750 million inheritance he is due but only if he agrees to marry the dull and dismal Susan Johnson (Jill Eikenberry). Before he can say I do the women of his dreams turns up, Linda Marolla (Liza Minelli). A chance meeting between them sends Arthur's plans to be rich and drunk forever into chaos as he attempts to get what he wants, while completely inebriated.

Dudley Moore connects us to Arthur as we laugh at his antics and hope for his happiness and realisation that life isn't all fun and games. Luckily we have a character on our side, the wonderful John Gielgud plays Hobson who first appears to be as snobbish as any of Arthur's family, until we realise that he's the closest friend or person Arthur has in his life. Gielgud is certainly worthy of his academy award for this role. Liza Minelli is believable as the waitress/actress who can assume any persona in certain situations as we find out. Her father Ralph also takes some of the best lines.

Dudley Moore is all about the visual jokes and general slurs falling about as a drunk and having hilarious lines which no truly drunk person would be capable of coming up with and yet it seems to be genuine to his character. Sometimes a laugh is enough to make us laugh and that's certainly the case with Arthur's tremendously manic cackle at everything happening while he's in a stupor. The best lines are delivered soberly and brilliantly by Hobson, he

Particularly brilliant writing occurs when Arthur becomes empathetic with the head of a moose attached to Susan's father's wall and when Arthur attempts to find Linda's house while completely intoxicated only to wander into the wrong set of flats and meet Perry, far too early in the morning for his charming wife. It's lucky he was there to intervene between the two of them and help keep there harsh words from a little non-existing baby.

I also can't not mention the title tune Arthur's Theme aka "Best That You Can Do" a beautifully written song that takes us straight into Arthur's life and back story, it's one of the greatest and most memorable themes to any film. Performed luminously by Christopher cross, who uses his unique higher pitch voice to tell a tale of a man in need of love, has made this his signature tune, definitely not something to be ashamed of.

Making you laugh till you cry Arthur is something special with an original story that will bring you complete satisfaction as Hobson helps change Arthur into a man with a clear vision of his future. Prepare also for tears though, Arthur loses something he never realises was so important to him but it wasn't too late. A journey you'll never forget and want to see again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2010
It's fantastic to see this again in widescreen, something that I'm fairly certain I haven't done since seeing it in cinemas when it first came out. That's because I live in the States, where the Region 1 DVD is even worse than the Region 2 DVD. They're both bare bones with no features whatsoever, but at least the R2 is NOT pan and scan. Shame on Warner Brothers for not reissuing this in the States. But, to heck with it, I have a Region Free player and ordered it from here. And it looks fantastic. This further proves that region coding is a joke.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2012
"Arthur" is a strong movie showcasing the compelling acting skills of the late Dudley Moore. Dudley Moore plays a carefree and wealthy bachelor who must choose between going the traditional route for money or choosing the uncertainty of going by passion. "Arthur is best for those who like romantic comedies.
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on 15 April 2010
The title of this review is a line from the film, and I thought it totally suitable.

This film is a real gem. If you haven't already seen it (has ANYONE not seen this?) then you really have missed something. Dudley Moore plays a multi millionaire drunken playboy who "plays tennis and fondles women", but "does have weekends off".

Nobody plays a drunk as well as Dudley Moore and his antics still amuse after what must be well over 30 viewings. In case that sounds excessive please bear in mind that there are so many great 'one liners' and funny incidents in this film that I am STILL discovering things I missed after over twenty years. The scene with his prospective father in law in the company of a moose's head still has me falling about now.

I can't end this review without mentioning his butler, played by the wonderful John Gielgud. Fantastic casting - it's worth watching just to hear him swear!

Definitely one film I'd grab if the house was burning down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
In my opinion Arthur is one of the funniest comedies on film.
Brilliant performances from both Dudley and Liza, but John Gielgud steals the show, and deservedly won an Oscar for it.
Cracking title song sung by Christopher Cross.
Fabulous film.
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on 26 November 2013
I ordered this dvd with Arthur 2 and was looking forward to seeing the film after so many years. The picture quality is excellent, however, the soundtrack on the print is at a very low volume. Usually, I have the on-screen volume set at between 14 and 18 for dvds, but to get adequate sound (not loud) I had to crank-up the volume to 30 which is very disappointing. When I ordered the dvd the cover was the same as advertised with this review, but I received the edition with a red cover and the disc is only in mono - so maybe Amazon have sent me a poorer copy than the one that I ordered.

Anyone thinking of buying this, please make sure it is not the copy with a red cover - you will be disappointed with the sound quality.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2005
I read somewhere that when Sir John Gielgut died, one tabloid newspaper reported the headline "Dudley Moore's Butler dies at 96"
Obviously this film was just a minor diversion in the great man's career, but it does say something about the impact this film made on the film watching public that such a sentence would be reported.
"Arthur" is the story of rich, carefree but alcoholic playboy Arthur Bach. With nothing to do all day but cruise around in his chauffeur driven Rolls, shop and drink, he struggles to find a purpose to his life, and more importantly to find a partner in his life to share it with. At the moment he is mothered by his very English butler, Hobson (Gielgut), who tries to keep the romantic Arthur in line with a never ending series of waspish putdowns and acid comments. In order to keep his family fortune though, Arthur's family are most keen he is safely married off to beautiful socialite Susan Johnson (Jill Eikenberry). Unfortunately though, Arthur doesn't love Susan, he loves the streetwise shoplifter he met in downtown New York, Linda Marolla (Liza Minnelli).
Minnelli and Moore play superbly off each other and the glances and expressions they throw to each other (and the camera) are a joy to watch. Gielgut is superb, with the cutting edge of a Stanley knife he steals every scene he appears in. Also well worth watching is Barney Martin as Linda's father, who has a delightfully crumply face as he breaks when he hears the millionaire Arthur won't be marrying his daughter.
At nearly 15 years old this film has remained as fresh and as funny as ever. It's wonderfully innocent, crisp and funny and is extremely highly recommended.
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on 26 December 2014
I bought this based on the poor reviews for the American version which is not formatted very well. Unfortunately when I tried to play it on my TV it said that the disc could not be played in my region. I am not sure if this is because the TV is formatted for North America or the fact that the TV is at least 10 plus years old. Luckily I can play it on my computer so it is not a complete waste of money.
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Arthur is the son of a multi millionaire and is soon to be married ,till he meets a plain new York girl (lizza Minnelli).they hit it off and as most of the time he is drunk its fairly funny.when he asks his father if he can break off the wedding to a rich girl his father threatens to cut him off from his $750,000,000 fortune.a good film one of the best Dudley moore ever made.
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on 26 January 2012
I love love love this film! Dudley Moore's laugh is so infectious and his wit and humour to play the drunken millionaire is Genious. I have to say that John Gilgud's role as Hobson had me crying with laughter! A really good, feel good film to have a good giggle at...:D
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