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The ads for Arthur suggested that this was an obnoxious film about an obnoxious man, an eternally drunken millionaire indulging his every whim. Instead, Arthur (Dudley Moore) is a sweet, somewhat pathetic character whose millions have left him lonely and with no motivation in life. When the film opens, Arthur is on the threshold of an arranged marriage with simpering socialite Susan (Jill Eikenberry), whom he does not love. Everyone expects Arthur to behave himself, but nobody truly cares for his well-being, with the exception of father-figure butler Mr. Hobson (John Gielgud, who won an Oscar for his performance) and blue-collar shoplifter Linda (Liza Minnelli). Arthur would prefer to marry the lowly Linda, but his iron-willed grandmother (Geraldine Fitzgerald) threatens to pull the plug on his huge inheritance if he doesn't honor his position in life and go through with his marriage to Susan. A sequel, Arthur 2: On the Rocks, followed in 1988. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Liza Minnelli Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1981 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Burt Bacharach Best Original Song 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Burt Bacharach Best Song 1981 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Gielgud Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1981 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association John Gielgud Best Supporting Actor 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Gielgud Best Supporting Actor 1981 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle John Gielgud Best Supporting Actor 1981 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Christopher Cross Best Original Song 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Christopher Cross Best Song 1981 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Dudley Moore Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dudley Moore Best Actor 1981 Nominee

Cast

Dudley Moore
as Arthur Bach
Liza Minnelli
as Linda Marolla
John Gielgud
as Mr. Hobson
Geraldine Fitzgerald
as Martha Bach
Jill Eikenberry
as Susan Johnson
Stephen Elliott
as Burt Johnson
Ted Ross
as Bitterman
Barney Martin
as Ralph Marolla
Thomas Barbour
as Stanford Bach
Anne de Salvo
as Gloria
Marjorie Barnes
as Hooker
Helen Hanft
as Perry's Wife
Ron Moody
Florence Tarlow
as Mrs. Nesbitt
Gordon Press
as Prize Man
Howard Feuer
Maurice Copeland
as Uncle Peter
John Bentley
as Perry
Irving Metzman
as Security Guard
Phyllis Somerville
as Saleslady
Lawrence Tierney
as Man in Coffee Shop
Bobo Lewis
as Lady in Coffee Shop
Jeremy Ritzer
Ray Serra
as Racetrack Owner
Bob Maroff
as Prize Man
Marcella Lowery
as Harriet
Justine Johnston
as Aunt Pearl
Dillon Evans
as Oak Room Maitre D'
Paul Gleason
as Executive
Jonathan Coleman
Juliet Taylor
Jerome Collamore
as Johnson Butler
Richard Hamilton
as Bill
Lou Jacobi
as Plant Store Owner

Crew

Robert Greenhut
Producer
Fred Schuler
Cinematographer
Christopher Cross
Songwriter
Burt Bacharach
Songwriter
Susan E. Morse
Editor
Stephen Hendrickson
Production Designer
Charles H. Joffe
Executive Producer
Steven Jordan
Set Designer
Carol Joffe
Set Designer
James J. Sabat
Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Greenhut
First Assistant Director
Thomas A. Reilly
First Assistant Director
Howard Feuer
Casting
Jeremy Ritzer
Casting
Juliet Taylor
Casting
Fern Buchner
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