History Film / Arthur

11th Nov '17 11:48:19 AM Sapphirea2
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* ManChild: Arthur, because he never ''had'' to grow up, is this. While he uses his money to enjoy very adult pleasures, he also has a giant model train set in his bedroom, a PersonalArcade, and otherwise. Hobson often speaks to/disciplines him as one would a child. In the waiting room outside Stanford Bach's office, Hobson gives him a magazine to look at ("There are many pictures"), reminds him to sit up straight, and promises that they'll get ice cream once the meeting is done. Even the theme song brings it up: "Arthur, he does as he pleases/All of his life, his master's toys/And deep in his heart/He's just, he's just a boy". This trope is more pronounced in the original than the remake because while a 30-something in TheNewTens having a childish streak isn't ''that'' unusual, a 40-something in the early 1980s was a different story!
11th Nov '17 11:18:49 AM Sapphirea2
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* AnnoyingLaugh: Plenty of characters likely quickly grow tired of Arthur's cackling laugh. Too bad for them he's TheHyena, especially when he's trying to make them laugh with him. Works on a meta level too; when critic Scott Weinberg revisited the film for the podcast ''80s All Over'', he admitted that as much as he enjoyed Dudley Moore's performance, ''that laugh'' got on his nerves.



* ToughRoom: Arthur deals with this '''constantly''' and drops the trope name during his visit with Burt at the latter's mansion, having failed to make him or the butler smile with any of his jokes. "This is a tough room -- I don't need to tell you that." "You", in this case, refers to a stuffed-and-mounted moose head on the wall he can't stop commenting on.

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* ToughRoom: Arthur deals with this '''constantly''' and when it comes to his jokes. He even drops the trope name during his visit with Burt at the latter's mansion, having failed to make him or the butler smile with any of his jokes.smile. "This is a tough room -- I don't need to tell you that." "You", in this case, refers to a stuffed-and-mounted moose head on the wall he can't stop commenting on.


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* WalkThisWay: The butler at the Johnsons' mansion uses the exact words to direct Arthur into Burt's trophy room. Arthur being Arthur, he obliges by mimicking his walk behind his back.
11th Nov '17 11:09:13 AM Sapphirea2
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* LonelyRichKid: Though he's not actually a kid -- in fact he's in his forties -- Arthur fits the trope otherwise to the point that it's brought up in his theme song ("All of his life, his master's toys/And deep in his heart, he's just, he's just a boy") and the soundtrack album-only song "Poor Rich Boy".

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* LonelyRichKid: Though he's not actually a kid -- in fact he's in his forties -- Arthur fits the trope otherwise to the point that it's brought up in his theme song ("All of his life, his master's toys/And deep in his heart, he's just, he's just a boy") and the soundtrack album-only song "Poor Rich Boy".



* NeverMessWithGranny: "Don't SCREW with me, Burt!"

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* NeverMessWithGranny: Martha! "Don't SCREW with me, Burt!"



* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: The English actor Dudley Moore plays Arthur, a New Yorker. A little bit of FridgeBrilliance comes from the fact Arthur's role model and father figure is his QuintessentialBritishGentleman [[TheJeeves Jeeves]]. (The role was intended for an American actor and Moore initially tried to affect an American accent, but it didn't work out.)

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: The English actor Dudley Moore plays Arthur, a New Yorker. A little bit of FridgeBrilliance comes from the fact Arthur's role model and father figure is his QuintessentialBritishGentleman [[TheJeeves Jeeves]]. (The role was intended for an American actor and actor, but Moore initially tried to knew he couldn't affect an American accent, but it didn't work out.that accent.)



* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Arthur eventually chooses Linda over Susan. [[spoiler:Grandma Martha then lets up and says that no grandson of hers would be ''poor'', and they get to remain in the money after all -- but he was willing to choose love over money if he had to. So in the sequel, Burt's revenge plot hinges on driving him to the point where he won't ''survive'' in the world unless he gives up Linda for Susan.]]
* SelfMadeMan: Burt Johnson is this and proud of it, having gone from RagsToRiches through determination and ruthlessness. In his introductory scene he tells Arthur how he once confronted a robber, ultimately killing him with a knife. Burt was ''twelve'' at the time.

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* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Arthur eventually chooses Linda over Susan. [[spoiler:Grandma Martha then lets up and says that no grandson of hers would be ''poor'', and they get to remain in the money after all -- but he was willing to choose love over money. He even convinces Linda and Bitterman that he'll ''still'' give up the money if he had to. So in before revealing the sequel, Burt's revenge plot hinges on driving him to the point where he won't ''survive'' in the world unless he gives up Linda for Susan.truth ("I'm not crazy!").]]
* SelfMadeMan: Burt Johnson is this and proud of it, having gone from RagsToRiches through determination and ruthlessness. In his introductory scene he tells Arthur how he once confronted a robber, ultimately killing him with a knife. Burt was ''twelve'' ''eleven'' at the time.
28th Oct '17 4:27:14 AM Sapphirea2
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* SelfMadeMan: Burt Johnson is this and proud of it, having gone from RagsToRiches through determination and ruthlessness. In his introductory scene he tells Arthur how he once confronted a robber, ultimately killing him with a knife. Burt was ''twelve'' at the time.
24th Oct '17 5:47:30 AM Sapphirea2
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* TheHyena: Arthur's cackling laugh is heard before he's seen as the movie begins. He laughs as punctuation to his jokes, he laughs after he tumbles out of his car at the Plaza, he laughs '''in his sleep'''...
24th Oct '17 5:39:45 AM Sapphirea2
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* VanillaEdition: One of the very first DVD releases Warner Bros. put out, it wasn't even in its prospect aspect ratio. The only widescreen edition available is the Blu-Ray, which packages it and its sequel together and was ''only'' brought out as a tie-in to the remake.

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* VanillaEdition: One of the very first DVD releases Warner Bros. put out, it wasn't even in its prospect proper aspect ratio. The only widescreen edition available is the Blu-Ray, which packages it and its sequel together and was ''only'' brought out as a tie-in to the remake. Sadly justified as several of the principals had passed away or were too ill to participate in extras even in the late 1990s.
24th Oct '17 5:38:26 AM Sapphirea2
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* VanillaEdition: One of the very first DVD releases Warner Bros. put out, it wasn't even in its prospect aspect ratio. The only widescreen edition available is the Blu-Ray, which packages it and its sequel together and was ''only'' brought out as a tie-in to the remake.
23rd Oct '17 10:55:52 AM Sapphirea2
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* CharacterDevelopment: Arthur comes to realize he needs to start taking life more seriously and be less self-centered if he wants to find true happiness. Due to the specifics of the HappyEnding, he doesn't have to mature ''that much'', but the sequel picks up where this film leaves off a few years later when he has to EarnYourHappyEnding.

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* CharacterDevelopment: Arthur comes to realize he needs to start taking life more seriously and be less self-centered if he wants to find true happiness. Due to the specifics of the HappyEnding, SurprisinglyHappyEnding, he doesn't have to mature ''that much'', but the sequel picks up where this film leaves off a few years later when he has to EarnYourHappyEnding.


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* SurprisinglyHappyEnding: The denouement of the first film looks to end on a slightly bittersweet note, as [[spoiler: Arthur is all set to live the poor life with Linda and become a responsible working adult...but Martha won't have the "working" part and says he can have his inheritance no matter what]]. The remake's NotHisSled ending may have been conceived partially because using this ending wouldn't play as well with audiences of TheNewTens.
21st Oct '17 11:56:42 AM Sapphirea2
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* WeddingSmashers: Just as Arthur and Susan's wedding ceremony is about to go on, [[spoiler: Arthur tells her it's off, she calls for Burt, he beats Arthur up and almost murders him ''and'' Linda, and are only saved by Martha]]. The waiting audience in the chapel is stunned to see [[spoiler: the bruised-and-bloody Arthur stumble up the aisle, announce that the wedding's off and he's poor now, and pass out]].
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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Hobson is constantly sarcastic and dismissive towards Arthur, going so far as to curse him behind his back. But it's nothing compared to his ire for others who speak ill of his employer. And Arthur [[spoiler:stays by Hobson's bed without touching a drop of alcohol until Hobson's death.]]

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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Hobson is constantly sarcastic and dismissive towards Arthur, going so far as to curse him behind his back. But it's nothing compared to his ire for others who speak ill of his employer. And Arthur [[spoiler:stays by Hobson's bed without touching a drop of alcohol until Hobson's death.]]death]].



* LonelyRichKid: Though he's not actually a kid, Arthur fits the trope otherwise to the point that it's brought up in his theme song ("All of his life, his master's toys/And deep in his heart, he's just, he's just a boy") and the soundtrack album-only song "Poor Rich Boy".

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* LonelyRichKid: Though he's not actually a kid, kid -- in fact he's in his forties -- Arthur fits the trope otherwise to the point that it's brought up in his theme song ("All of his life, his master's toys/And deep in his heart, he's just, he's just a boy") and the soundtrack album-only song "Poor Rich Boy".



* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: The English actor Dudley Moore plays Arthur, a New Yorker. A little bit of FridgeBrilliance comes from the fact Arthur's role model and father figure is his QuintessentialBritishGentleman [[TheJeeves Jeeves]]. (Moore initially tried to affect an American accent, but it didn't work out.)

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: The English actor Dudley Moore plays Arthur, a New Yorker. A little bit of FridgeBrilliance comes from the fact Arthur's role model and father figure is his QuintessentialBritishGentleman [[TheJeeves Jeeves]]. (Moore (The role was intended for an American actor and Moore initially tried to affect an American accent, but it didn't work out.)



* TabloidMelodrama: Arthur's antics have been this for the N.Y.C. press for quite some time. The hooker whom he doesn't choose but is paid $100 because "she came in second" tells his driver Bitterman that "I've seen his face in the papers -- that's Arthur Bach, isn't he?" The following day, Arthur's dalliance with Gloria at the Plaza Hotel warrants newspaper coverage as well, much to his father's disgust.

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* TabloidMelodrama: Arthur's antics have been this for the N.Y.C. press for quite some time. The hooker whom he doesn't choose but is paid $100 because "she came in second" anyway tells his driver Bitterman that "I've seen his face in the papers -- that's Arthur Bach, isn't he?" The following day, Arthur's dalliance with Gloria at the Plaza Hotel warrants newspaper coverage as well, much to his father's disgust.



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* UnclePennybagsUnclePennybags: Arthur in both versions, to the point that the remake had the {{Tagline}} "Meet the world's only lovable billionaire." He can be playfully generous with his money -- after he chooses to pick up Gloria in the opening scene, he tells Bitterman to pay the other hooker $100 because "she came in second."
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