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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dudley Moore ... Arthur Bach

Liza Minnelli ... Linda Marolla

John Gielgud ... Hobson

Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Martha Bach

Jill Eikenberry ... Susan Johnson
Stephen Elliott ... Burt Johnson

Ted Ross ... Bitterman

Barney Martin ... Ralph Marolla
Thomas Barbour ... Stanford Bach

Anne De Salvo ... Gloria
Marjorie Barnes ... Hooker
Dillon Evans ... Plaza Maitre D'
Maurice Copeland ... Uncle Peter
Justine Johnston ... Aunt Pearl
Paul Vincent ... Plaza Waiter
Mary Alan Hokanson ... Secretary

Paul Gleason ... Executive

Phyllis Somerville ... Saleslady
Irving Metzman ... Security Guard
Joe Doolan ... Kid in Street
John Doolan ... Kid in Street
Melissa Ballan ... Kid in Street
Florence Tarlow ... Mrs. Nesbitt

Lou Jacobi ... Plant Store Owner
Gordon Press ... Prize Man
Bob Maroff ... Prize Man
Marcella Lowery ... Harriet (as Marcella Lowry)
Jerome Collamore ... Johnson Butler
Mark Fleischman ... Waiter
Helen Hanft ... Perry's Wife
John Bentley ... Perry
Raymond Serra ... Racetrack Owner
Peter Evans ... Preston
Dominic Guastaferro ... Party Guest
Phil Oxnam ... Orderly
Richard Hamilton ... Bill

George Riddle ... Bartender

Lawrence Tierney ... Man in Coffee Shop
Bobo Lewis ... Lady in Coffee Shop
B. Constance Barry ... Wedding Guest
Kurt Schlesinger ... Wedding Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bella Jarrett

Steve James ... Man Outside Tie Store (uncredited)

Debra Lass ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)

Mark Margolis ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Judi Passeltiner ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Steve Gordon 
Writing credits
Steve Gordon (written by)

Produced by
Robert Greenhut .... producer
Charles H. Joffe .... executive producer
Original Music by
Burt Bacharach 
Cinematography by
Fred Schuler (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Susan E. Morse 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Jeremy Ritzer 
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
Stephen Hendrickson 
Set Decoration by
Carol Joffe 
Steven J. Jordan  (as Steven Jordan)
Costume Design by
Jane Greenwood 
Makeup Department
Fern Buchner .... makeup artist
Romaine Greene .... hair stylist
Jay Cannistraci .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Michael Peyser .... production manager
Ezra Swerdlow .... assistant unit production manager
Joel Chernoff .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Greenhut .... first assistant director
Jerry Olinick .... dga trainee
Thomas A. Reilly .... second assistant director (as Thomas Reilly)
Art Department
Joseph Badalucco Jr. .... chief set dresser
Paul Eads .... assistant art director
W. Steven Graham .... assistant art director
James Mazzola .... property master (as Jim Mazzola)
Arne Olsen .... construction grip
Cosmo Sorice .... stand-by scenic artist
James Sorice .... master scenic artist
Edward Swanson .... construction coordinator
Carl Landi .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Louis Bertini .... assistant sound editor
Marjorie Deutsch .... sound editor
Melissa A. Higgins .... apprentice sound editor
Vito L. Ilardi .... boom operator (as Vito Ilardi)
Sanford Rackow .... supervising sound editor
James Sabat .... sound mixer
Louis Sabat .... sound recordist
Dick Vorisek .... re-recording mixer: Trans Audio, Inc. (as Richard Vorisek)
Bob Olari .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Edgard Mourino .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ricki-Ellen Brooke .... second assistant camera
Sandy Brooke .... assistant camera
Norman Buck .... key grip
Brian Hamill .... still photographer
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator
David L. Quaid .... additional photographer (as David Quaid)
William Ward .... gaffer (as Bill Ward)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
William A. Campbell .... wardrobe supervisor (as Bill Campbell)
David Charles .... assistant costume designer
Patricia Eiben .... wardrobe supervisor
Helen Tarr .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Pamela Scott Arnold .... assistant film editor (as Pamela S. Arnold)
Jonathan Oppenheim .... assistant film editor
Meri Weingarten .... assistant film editor
Location Management
Wendi Lazar-Pillot .... location supervisor
Music Department
Jim Boyer .... music recording engineer
Randy Brecker .... musician: Flugelhorn solo
Ron Dante .... musician: vocal soloist
Richard Hazard .... music orchestrator (as Dick Hazard)
Artie Kaplan .... musical contractor
Bernie Leighton .... musician: piano solo
George Marge .... musician: oboe solo
Dan Pinsky .... music editor
Toots Thielemans .... musician: harmonica solo
Roy B. Yokelson .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Walter Charleston .... transportation captain
Michael Lindgren .... vehicle consultant
Bobby Marsh .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Nicholas Bernstein .... production assistant
Ruth Bonomo .... production assistant
Jack Brubach .... assistant location auditor
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
Peggy Crago .... production assistant
Steven Giovinco .... production assistant
Ellen Levene .... unit publicist
Gail Matthews .... assistant: Mr. Gordon
Louis Phillips .... production assistant
Helen Robin .... production coordinator
Margaret Roiphe .... location auditor
Todd Thaler .... production assistant
Elizabeth Forsling Harris .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of: executive director, The New York State Office for Motion Picture and Television Development
Leona Johnpoll .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of: associate director, The New York State Office for Motion Picture and Television Development
Ed Koch .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of: Mayor
Nancy Littlefield .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of: executive director, Mayors Office for Motion Pictures and Television
Crew verified as complete

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97 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:6 | New Zealand:PG | Norway:12 (1981) | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | USA:PG

Did You Know?

In Liza Minnelli's dressing room, Dudley Moore-an accomplished pianist-would play her piano. Sometimes Minnelli would sing along. Other times, Jill Eikenberry (who portrayed Arthur's fiancée, Susan Johnson) played.See more »
Continuity: Linda speaks with her dad at home. He is in an undershirt and ties a necktie around his neck. Intercut takes show the tie (once tied) is longer in the back than the front. The next shot shows the back shorter than the front. Finally the tie returns to the loner-in-back appearance from the earlier shot.See more »
Hobson:[entering Linda's apartment] How revolting!See more »
Movie Connections:
Waltz in C-sharp minor Op. 64-2See more »


In the scene where Susan says "What about Harold?" and Linda says "oh, you poor dear". What is this in reference to?
Mr Johnson says he never drinks & that no one in his family drinks either. Why does he have liquor around the house?
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Let's Forget About The Moose For A Moment, 9 November 2015
Author: ArchAngel Michael from Sword Of The Protector

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First, many people hate the movie for they feel it glorifies alcoholism and makes light of it. The movie endures for its existential core: the tragedy of Arthur beneath some great humor. The great English actor Gielgud carries this movie on his shoulders without his talents it would have never been this good. Arthur drinks because he has been abandoned by his rich parents who are absorbed in their wealth accumulation and art collecting. Hobson serves as Arthur's surrogate father; I cannot tell you how great the dialog in this movie is, you will be quoting lines from it the rest of your days,"Usually one has to go to a bowling alley to meet a woman of your stature." It is important to see that when Arthur is loved he stops drinking. This occurs after Hobson's death and his marriage to Linda. The film's star has fallen considerably as it has been taken as showing being drunk as funny or making light of alcohol abuse. When you watch the movie again, see it as Arthur seeking the love he was denied by his absent, materialistic parents in the arms of prostitutes with Hobson serving as a paternal figure in absentia. The movie's core is the dynamic between Arthur and Hobson, how the latter gently, but firmly, guides and protects him. He conceals his imminent death from Arthur until the very end, preparing Linda, quite sternly, for the heavy lifting of loving Arthur ahead for her.

This is my favorite comedy for many reasons: 1. The best writing of any comedy with non stop witty banter, 2. A great heart that shows love that quietly, without applause, cares and protects a damaged boy in a man's body. Yes, my header is spoken by Burt Johnson, Arthur's future father in law who does not have Hobson's patience for Arthur's flippancy and mockery in the funniest scene in the movie. You will love the movie if you see its linear narrative hidden deeply within the great humor. A dying caregiver full of worry about his surrogate son and what will become of him after his death. Arthur's progression to manhood, when he finds the love he has been searching for he throws off his liquid crutch that deadened the pain of abandonment. Hobson discovers this love when he mocks Linda and Arthur yells at him. Hobson's death is done so well and understated. My favorite scene is where Hobson looks away from Arthur and mumbles,"Arthur, you're a good son." They both are so embarrassed by their love for each other. It is done without full orchestras or string sections. After he dies, Arthur quietly moves a piece upon the chess board, gets up and locks the door behind him. What a moving, artistically brilliant way to delineate the pain and separation that is the death of a loved one.

Yes, I consider it the funniest movie ever made. I did not do the humor justice in my review because it has been so calumniated since 1981 I thought I should dispel the misunderstandings of the movie. The great writing starts at the beginning and is solid all the way through to the ending. I have watched this movie sixty or seventy times, returning to it every couple months for thirty-four years. Gielgud never gave a better performance; the dyad between Moore and Gielgud, the understated deep love will endear this classic to you. The writing is on a level you will never see again in your lifetime. There are quotable one-liners that would be the highlight of other entire movies; this movie has hundreds of them. Be warned, this is a classic but the sequel and the remake are dreadful. You will never see protective love shown in such a quiet, moving way. I enjoyed 10, though I do not care for Blake Edward's movies, on the whole; this movie towers above it. My Favorite Comedy.

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