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By Jeff Shannon

When you get lost between the moon and New York City (ahem), chances are you'll find yourself taking another look at this hit comedy starring Oscar-nominated Dudley Moore as the charmingly witty, perpetually drunken millionaire Arthur Bach. Arthur falls in love with a waitress (Liza Minelli) who doesn't care about his money, but unfortunately Arthur's stern father wants him to marry a Waspy prima donna. The young lush turns to his wise and loyal butler (Oscar-winner John Gielgud) for assistance and advice. Arthur was a huge hit when released in 1981, as was its Oscar-winning theme song by Christopher Cross. Few remember that the movie was, sadly, the only one ever made by writer-director Steve Gordon, who died less than a year after the film's release. Consistently funny and heartwarming, Arthur was hailed as a tribute to the great romantic comedies of the 1930s.

Academy Awards

Arthur won Academy Awards for Music Best Song (Burt Bacharach - Music & Lyrics, Carole Bayer Sager - Music & Lyrics, Christopher Cross - Music & Lyrics, Peter Allen - Music & Lyrics) and Supporting Actor (Sir John Gielgud). It was also nominated for Actor (Dudley Moore) and for Writing (Best Screenplay written directly for the screen; Steve Gordon).


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"Fabulously funny, and a perfect vehicle for the extraordinarily talented Dudley Moore. Arthur won huge acclaim in it's day and remains just as funny and highly watchable still today. A combination of pure slapstick and dialogue that ranges from hilarious to droll. I have the fondest memories of laughing aloud til I cried at the cinema."


"I first discovered "Arthur" when I watched it on Showtime when I was in Jr. High School. It was on about, oh, 600 times a month for a while (you know how they used to run movies on those movie channels, before they started making their own original series and stuff), and I probably watched it all 600 times. I still count it as one of my favorite movie comedies."




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Director: Steve Gordon

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

Released: July 17, 1981

Availability: DVD VHS

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