• Arthur (1981)


Release Date: July 17th, 1981

DVD Release Date: July 30th, 1997

PG |1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

Wealthy New York City playboy Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore) is perpetually drunk and completely rudderless. Dutifully supported by his sharp-tongued and quick-witted butler, Hobson (John Gielgud), Arthur reluctantly prepares to enter into an arranged marriage with heiress Susan Johnson (Jill Eikenberry). When he meets Linda Marolla (Liza Minnelli), a waitress from Queens, he falls head over heels in love, but if he backs out of his engagement with Susan, he may lose his fortune.

Cast: Dudley Moore, John Gielgud, Liza Minnelli, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Jill Eikenberry, Stephen Elliott, Ted Ross, Barney Martin

Director: Steve Gordon

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Warner Brothers/Seven Arts

Keywords: 1980s, Cheeky, Amusing, Growing up, New York City, Love, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Rick GroenThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Arthur constantly flirts with the trite and dallies with the excessive. But it goes steady with neither, and so makes for a very pleasant companion on a warm summer eve. [17 July 1981]

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    You might be tempted to think that Arthur would be a bore, because it is about a drunk who is always trying to tell you stories. You would be right if Arthur were a party and you were attending it. But Arthur is a movie. And so its drunk, unlike real drunks, is more entertaining, more witty, more human, and more poignant than you are. He embodies, in fact, all the wonderful human qualities that drunks fondly, mistakenly believe the booze brings out in them. show more

  • 60
    William ThomasEmpire

    While Dudley's booze-sodden antics tire after a while, there's relief in the form of John Gielgud as the old-fashioned English butler with a nice line in four-letter words, and a return to the screen from Liza Minelli, who plays the waitress Arthur falls in love with. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Winner Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Winner Music (Original Song)
Nominated Original Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Winner Best Original Song - Motion Picture