Arthur is a happy drunk with no pretensions at any ambition. He is also the heir to a vast fortune which he is told will only be his if he marries Susan. He does not love Susan, but she will make something of him the family expects. Arthur proposes but then meets a girl with no money who he could easily fall in love with.
Arthur is a 1981 American comedy film written and directed by Steve Gordon. The film stars Dudley Moore as the eponymous Arthur Bach, a drunken New York City millionaire who is on the brink of an arranged marriage to a wealthy heiress, but ends up falling for a common working-class girl from Queens. It was the first and only film directed by Gordon, who died in 1982 of a heart attack at age 44.
Arthur earned nearly $96 million domestically, making it the fourth-highest-grossing film of 1981. Its title song, “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)”, won the Best Original Song. Co-written by Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen, it was performed by Christopher Cross. Sir John Gielgud also won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. The film was nominated for two other Academy Awards.
Directed by: Steve Gordon
Starring: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Jill Eikenberry, Stephen Elliott, Ted Ross, Anne De Salvo
Screenplay by: Steve Gordon
Production Design by: Stephen Hendrickson
Cinematography by: Fred Schuler
Film Editing by: Susan E. Morse
Costume Design by: Jane Greenwood
Set Decoration by: Carol Joffe, Steven J. Jordan
Music by: Burt Bacharach
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: July 17, 1981