6 June 2016


Arthur 1981
  • Director: Steve Gordon
  • Based on book: no
  • Cast: Dudley Moore, Liza Minelli, John Gielgud, Ted Ross
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Dudley Moore – Foul Play
    • Liza Minnelli – New York New York, Cabaret, Tell Me That You Love Me Junie Moon
    • John Gielgud – Elizabeth, Hamlet, Merlin, First Knight, Morse, Prospero’s Books, Gandhi, Chariots of Fire, The Elephant Man, Richard II, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Oh What a Lovely War, Julius Caesar (1955)
    • Ted Ross – Fisher King, Police Academy, Ragtime, The Wiz
  • Why? The Third Rock from the Sun
  • Seen: Twice before. Now 3 June 2016      

       We have just finished watching all six seasons of The Third Rock from the Sun and in the last episodes it emerges that this film is the favourite of Tommy, Harry and Sally. We have this film. What does that say about our intelligence?
       Never mind. We like it too and now we’re inspired to watch it again.
       Arthur is filthy rich and a terrible drunk. His butler and, according to him his best friend, is the splendid John Gielgud, who is acidly sarcastic. Arthur’s father is going to force him into marriage with a woman he doesn’t love.
       He meets Linda while she’s shoplifting. She’s a brash waitress and has a heart of gold. That’s OK. Liza Minnelli can handle clichés with bravura.
       They fall in love. But he’ll be cut off from his fortune by his ruthless family if he doesn’t marry the heiress whose father threatens him with violence if he doesn’t make her happy.
       As long as Gielgud is in it, it has the feel of a great film. But it fades to a romantic comedy. Which is nice enough in its way.

3* of 5

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