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17 July 1981 (USA) See more »
Not everyone who drinks is a poet, some of us drink because we're not. See more »
Arthur is a happy drunk with no pretensions at any ambition. He is also the heir to a vast fortune which... See more » | Full synopsis »
Won 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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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
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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

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There's a framed photo of Harry S. Truman on Arthur's father's desk. The other photo, to the left of Harry S. Truman, is that of Winston Churchill, and it appears to be autographed.See more »
Continuity: When Hobson is in the hospital, a two-tiered cart is rolled up the hall of the hospital. The only things on the bottom is a glass container of orange juice and a glass. When the cart enters Hobson's hospital room, a carafe of coffee has joined the orange juice and glass.See more »
Burt Johnson:Hello, Arthur.
Arthur:Hello, Mr. Johnson.
Burt Johnson:I haven't seen much of you lately.
Arthur:Well, the reason you haven't seen much of me is because I, I normally pick Susan up at her apartment in town. And you live here. Want a drink?
Burt Johnson:I never drink. No one in my family ever drinks.
Arthur:That's great! You probably never run out of ice your whole life!
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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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39 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
'Son of Foster Brooks', 14 April 2002
Author: Sample ( from Los Angeles

Quite simply the funniest and shiniest film-comedy of all time... it's certainly on my personal top-ten list. This one also gets a solid ten on the voting scale. Millionaire heir, Arthur Bach (Moore), is a middle-aged 'child' who refuses to take the mature path in life and avoids all requisite responsibilities. He also refuses to leave the bottle. One day he and his personal butler, Hobson (Gielgud), go shopping at Bergdorf Goodman's and run into petty larcenist, Linda (Minnelli). Arthur and Linda's chemistry adds electricity to the rest of the film. There are hilarious set pieces aplenty. In one such scene, Arthur (drunk throughout most of the story) knocks on the wrong apartment door and receives ear shattering threats from a human 'siren' ("My husband has a gun!!!!). Performances by everyone involved should be duly noted: Geraldine Fitzgerald plays Arthur's loving-yet-ruthless grandmother, Sir John Gielgud almost steals the entire show with his acidic droll-isms (He took home the Oscar for this one), and Christopher Cross provides the Main Theme song (Oscar winner "Best That You Can Do"). It's a shame the late Dudley Moore passed away last month (March 2002).

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