Arthur, a very rich, drunken ne'er-do-well, falls in love with a working-class shoplifter just as he is scheduled to marry a properly pedigreed society member. But if he doesn't marry the heiress, he will not inherit a $750 million trust. So Arthur turns to his loyal butler, who is slowly dying, for help. The butler wishes to see Arthur prevail and so manipulates a situation in which the true lovers will come together--and get the loot. But that is a lot easier said than done.
ARTHUR is a charming romantic comedy that features the role that Dudley Moore was born to play. Whether taking limo trips through Central Park with prostitutes, playing with his train set, having a bath in a top hat, or wanting just a tuna-fish sandwich, Arthur, perfectly portrayed by Moore, is one of the most likable onscreen characters in cinema history. John Gielgud as his loyal, dry-witted butler is an out-and-out riot. And Liza Minnelli turns in one of her sweetest performances as the woman Arthur's family demands he stop dating. Steve Gordon's film is an absolute joy to watch, a perfect piece of celluloid entertainment that never fails to please no matter how many times one has seen it.
Academy Awards Best Original Song 1981 Peter Allen Australian singer/songwriter
Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor 1981 John Gielgud British Actor/Author, ARTHUR (1981)
Academy Awards Best Original Song 1981 Burt Bacharach Songwriter
Academy Awards Best Original Song 1981 Christopher Cross AMERICAN SINGER
Academy Awards Best Original Song 1981 Carole Bayer Sager American Song Lyricist