Arthur (1981 movie)

1981 film directed by Steve Gordon

Arthur is a 1981 comedy movie written and directed by Steve Gordon. The movie stars Dudley Moore as Arthur Bach, a drunken New York City millionaire.[2] Arthur is about to be married to a wealthy heiress. Instead he falls for a working class girl from Queens. It was the only movie directed by Gordon, who died in November 1982 of a heart attack.[3] Arthur earned nearly $96 million in the US, making it the fourth highest grossing movie of 1981.[4] The film was nominated for a total of four Academy Awards. Sir John Gielgud won an Best Supporting Actor. The theme song won Best Original Song.

Directed bySteve Gordon
Written bySteve Gordon
Produced byRobert Greenhut
StarringDudley Moore
Liza Minnelli
John Gielgud
CinematographyFred Schuler
Edited bySusan E. Morse
Music byBurt Bacharach
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • July 17, 1981 (1981-07-17)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$7 million
Box office$95.5 million[1]

It was followed by a sequel, Arthur 2: On the Rocks and a remake, Arthur.


  1. "Arthur, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  2. Vincent Canby (17 July 1981). "Arthur". New York Times. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  3. Jeff Lenburg, Dudley Moore: An Informal Biography (Lincoln, NE:, 2001), p. 79
  4. "1981 Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 9, 2012.

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