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Arthur -- The world's richest and most lovable drunk risks everything when he falls in love with an irascible waitress in the hilarious comedy starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli.
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Release Date:
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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ALL THE FUN MONEY CAN BUY... See more (117 total) »


  (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 »
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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?

This film is considered a modern reworking of the P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster tales, Arthur is the equivalent of Bertie Wooster and his servant Hobson the equivalent of Jeeves.See more »
Continuity: When Arthur proposes to Susan, he grabs her hand twice after Susan asks, "Take my hand, Arthur."See more »
Arthur:What are you doing later tonight?
Linda:Oh, I have plans for tonight. What should I wear?
Hobson:Steal something casual.
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Movie Connections:
Santa Claus is Coming to TownSee 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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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
ALL THE FUN MONEY CAN BUY..., 24 July 2003

Written and directed by Steve Gordon. Running time: 97 minutes. Classified PG.

It was the quintessential comedy of the decade. It won Sir John Gielgud the Academy Award. It was even featured in VH1's "I Love the 80's." And it looks just as good today as it did upon it's initial release. Arthur is the acclaimed comedy classic about a drunken millionaire (played with enthusiasm and wit by Dudley Moore in an Oscar-nominated performance) who must choose between the woman he loves and the life he's grown accustomed to. While the basic plot is one big cliche, there's nothing trite about this congenial combination of clever dialogue and hilarious farce. Arthur Bach is essentially nothing more than a pretentious jerk, but you can't help but like him. Especially when he delivers lines such as, "Don't you wish you were me? I know I do!" He's also a delineation from the archetypical movie hero: unlike most wealthy characters we see on the silver screen, he's not ashamed of being filthy rich. In one scene, a man asks him, "What does it feel like to have all that money?," to which he responds, "It feels great." Moore lends such charisma and charm to a character that would otherwise be loathed by his audience. And Gielgud is simply perfect as the arrogant servant, addressing his master with extreme condescension in spite of the fact that his salary depends on him. Arthur is one of those movies that doesn't try to be brilliant or particularly exceptional: it just comes naturally. The screenplay -- which also earned a nod from the Academy -- is saturated with authentic laugh-out-loud dialogue. This is the kind of movie that, when together with a bunch of poker buddies, you quote endlessly to one another. It also looks at its characters with sincere empathy. There have been a number of comedies that attempt to dip into drama by including the death or illness of a principal star (including both Grumpy Old Men's), but few can carry it off because we just don't care. When this movie makes the dubious decision to knock off the butler, it actually works, because we genuinely like these people. Why should you see Arthur? The answer is simple: because it's an all-around, non-guilty pleasure. At a period in which films are becoming more and more serious, Arthur reminds us what it feels like to go to the movies and just have a good time.

**** - Classic

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