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Arthur Newman (2012)

R | | Drama | 13 June 2013 (Kuwait)
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A story of a man who fakes his own death and assumes a new identity in order to escape his life, who then moves in with a woman who is also trying to leave her past behind.

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Dante Ariola

Writer:

Becky Johnston
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Arthur Newman (Wallace Avery)
Emily Blunt ... Mike (Charlotte Fitzgerald)
Lucas Hedges ... Kevin Avery
Anne Heche ... Mina Crawley
M. Emmet Walsh ... Zazek
Kristin Lehman ... Mary Alice Wells
Phillip Troy Linger ... Fuller Wells
Devon Woods Devon Woods ... Janie Wells
Sterling Beaumon ... Grant Wells
Natalia Volkodaeva Natalia Volkodaeva ... Ludmila Hadley (as Natalie Volkodaeva)
Autumn Dial ... Charyl
Anthony Reynolds ... Park Ranger
Holden Hansen Holden Hansen ... Dying Man - Beauregard Tully
Ron Prather ... Detective #1
Jason Benjamin ... Cop
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Storyline

Wallace Avery hates his job. His ex-wife and son hate him, and he's blown his one shot at living his dream. Not wanting to face all this, he stages his own death and buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman. However, Arthur's road trip towards anew life is interrupted by the arrival of the beautiful but fragile Mike, who is also trying to leave her past behind. Drawn to one another, these two damaged souls begin to connect as they break into empty homes and take on the identities of the absent owners: elderly newlyweds, a high-roller and his Russian lady, among others. Through this process, Arthur and Mike discover that what they love most about each other are the identities they left at home, and their real journey, that of healing, begins. Written by Becky Johnston

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Taglines:

If you don't have a life, get someone else's.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 2013 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Arthur Newman, Golf Pro See more »

Filming Locations:

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$112,788, 28 April 2013

Gross USA:

$207,853

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$747,140
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Blunt read the script three times, trying to decide if her character was crazy or not, eventually settling on "she was not crazy but was in a constant state of anxiety that she would become crazy." See more »

Goofs

The Watts Hospital shown at the end is in Durham, NC. However, it stopped being a hospital in 1976. Since 1980 it has been part of the NC School of Science and Mathematics. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Unemployment Official: Congratulations, Mr. Avery. Putting you in the system, you're good to go. So by next week.
Wallace Avery: I, I can't wait 'til next week, I have business prospects elsewhere.
Unemployment Official: Oh, good for you, sir. Are you going to work at another FedEx?
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.132 (2013) See more »

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Great underrated movie.
30 September 2015 | by mirvehSee all my reviews

Like many of the viewers I chose to watch this for the stars, King George VI and Queen Victoria (Firth and Blunt) But I would have given it a pass if I had looked up the reviews before taking it out of my local library . Big mistake.

Never have I seen a film so consistently panned, and never have I thought the critics so consistently mistaken! Both the professional critics and other amateur viewers. To be fair, the latter gave it slightly better ratings, but not much better. Few of either stripe liked it.

Granted, it is not an easy film to watch. Its not a comedy and its not a road movie though it is zany and it does take place on the road. In fact it is in a category all its own, and for anyone who understands Colin Firth's line "Family just crushes your heart, doesn't it?", it is a deeply moving observation of what it means to be human. I won't say I came away from the movie feeling good, but I did come away feeling less alone.

These are the last words spoken in the film, before each of the leading characters returns separately from their wild escapade to shoulder their family responsibilities. We see, and feel, them doing this with no words spoken.

Charlotte(Mike) "Good bye, Wallace"

Wallace(Arthur) "Don't worry. I know where to find you!"

I give it 10 out of 10 Don't miss it.


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