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Writers (WGA):
Steve Gordon (characters)
Andy Breckman (written by)
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Release Date:
8 July 1988 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
No Money. Still Funny.
Plot:
Arthur loses all his money, and his wife wants a baby. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Dudley Moore ... Arthur Bach

Liza Minnelli ... Linda Marolla Bach

John Gielgud ... Hobson

Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Martha Bach
Stephen Elliott ... Burt Johnson

Paul Benedict ... Fairchild

Cynthia Sikes ... Susan Johnson

Kathy Bates ... Mrs. Canby

Jack Gilford ... Mr. Butterworth
Ted Ross ... Bitterman

Barney Martin ... Ralph Marolla
Thomas Barbour ... Stanford Bach
David O'Brien ... Millionaire

Ron Canada ... Bartender

John C. Vennema ... Maitre D' (as John Vennema)
John A. Zee ... Bald Executive (as John Zee)

Marcia Wolf ... Gallery Customer
Aileen Fitzpatrick ... Saleswoman
P.J. Benjamin ... Ship Steward
Daniel Greene ... Troy
Molly McClure ... Greta (as Molly Mc Clure)
Frederikke Borge ... Decorator
John O'Neill ... Housekeeper Husband
Mary Betten ... Housekeeper Wife
Brogan Lane ... Cindy

Carl Bressler ... Diner Customer
Lynet Morrow ... Diner Customer

Don Stark ... Diner Customer
J. Christopher Sullivan ... Diner Customer
Nick DeMauro ... Building Superintendent
Joseph Leon ... Hank
Kenneth Magee ... Hardware Store Customer #1
Cameron Johann ... Hardware Store Customer #2

Raymond O'Connor ... Drunk #1
Eddie Zammit ... Drunk #2
Joe Restivo ... Seedy Bartender

Eagle Eye Cherry ... Teenager (as Eagle-Eye Cherry)

Robert Levine ... Cabdriver

T.J. Meyers ... Policeman
Joe Jamrog ... Doorman
Larry Golden ... Bum
Ken Sylk ... Man in Shadows
Terry Wills ... Man in Alley

Daryl Edwards ... Johnson Guard
David Sabin ... Boardmember #1
Jason Wingreen ... Boardmember #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matthew T. Gitkin ... Waiter (uncredited)

Tres Hanley ... Debutante (uncredited)
Christina Starzak ... Adopted Child (uncredited)
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Directed by
Bud Yorkin 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Steve Gordon (characters)

Andy Breckman (written by)

Produced by
Dudley Moore .... executive producer
Robert Shapiro .... producer
 
Original Music by
Burt Bacharach 
 
Cinematography by
Stephen H. Burum (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Kahn 
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Valorie Massalas 
 
Production Design by
Gene Callahan 
 
Art Direction by
Hub Braden 
 
Set Decoration by
Lee Poll 
 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone  (as Anna Hill Johnston)
 
Makeup Department
Colleen Callaghan .... hair department head
Judith A. Cory .... hair stylist (as Judy Alexander Cory)
Shirley Dolle .... hair stylist
Barbara Kelly .... makeup artist: New York
Brogan Lane .... makeup artist
Christina Smith .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ted Kurdyla .... unit production manager: New York
Phil Rawlins .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vebe Borge .... second assistant director
Carla Corwin .... second assistant director: New York
Robert V. Girolami .... first assistant director (as Bob Girolami)
Daniel Silverberg .... DGA trainee: New York (as Dan Silverberg)
Robert E. Warner .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Tim Galvin .... assistant art director: New York
Jaroslav Gebr .... portrait artist
Bill Gregory .... lead person
Mel Holman .... stand-by painter
Eric A. Hulett .... set dresser
Johnnie Jenkins .... construction accountant
P. Michael Johnston .... set designer (as P. Michael Johnstone)
Robert Krume .... construction coordinator
Amy Marshall .... set decorator: New York
Richard F. Mays .... set designer
Ron Petagna .... construction coordinator: New York
Philip Saccio .... property master: New York (as Philip Saccio)
'Dangerous' Bob Widin .... assistant property master (as Bob Widen)
John Zemansky .... property master
 
Sound Department
Karen Baker Landers .... assistant sound editor (as Karen M. Baker)
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Jay Engel .... adr editor
Gary S. Gerlich .... sound editor
David L. Horton Jr. .... assistant sound editor
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Sergio Reyes .... sound re-recording mixer
James M. Tanenbaum .... production sound mixer
Frank E. Warner .... supervising sound editor
Bill Wylie .... sound editor (as William Wylie)
 
Stunts
John Corcoran .... stunts (as John S. Corcoran)
Roy Farfel .... stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunts
Tom Wright .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan S. Blauvelt .... first assistant camera (as Alan Lauvelt)
Norman Buck .... key grip: New York
Doug Cook .... best boy grip
S. Karin Epstein .... still photographer: New York (as Karin Epstein)
Mikael Glattes .... second assistant camera
Clyde Hart .... key grip
Chaim Kantor .... first assistant camera: New York
Michael Laws .... assistant chief lighting technician
Bobby Mancuso .... second assistant camera: New York
Larry McConkey .... steadicam operator
Dave Richardson .... best boy grip (as David Richardson)
Joyce Rudolph .... still photographer
Douglas Ryan .... camera operator (as Doug Ryan)
Alex Skvorzov .... chief lighting technician
William Ward .... chief lighting technician: New York
Barry Wexler .... dolly grip
Rick Fee .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Joy Todd .... extras casting: New York
Jory Weitz .... casting assistant: New York
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lynette Bernay .... assistant costume designer: New York
Arlene B. Coffey .... wardrobe: women, New York (as Arlene Coffey)
Eddie Marks .... costumer: men
Marilyn Matthews .... costumer: women
James Roberts .... wardrobe: men, New York (as Jim Roberts)
 
Editorial Department
Robert Frazen .... assistant editor
Rick Tuber .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Mick Guzauski .... scoring mixer
Stephen A. Hope .... music editor (as Steve Hope)
Lolita Ritmanis .... orchestrator
Celia Weiner .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Thomas Buckman .... transportation captain: New York
Robert Neilson .... transportation coordinator (as Bob Neilson)
Edward O'Donnell .... transportation captain
George Zimmerman .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Susan Alschuler .... unit publicist
Bud Aronson .... location manager
Jim Barr .... production accountant
Sidney Brammer .... assistant: Mr. Shapiro: New York
Miriam Brewis .... assistant: Mr. Yorkin
Anthony D'Esposito .... production assistant (1988)
Camilla Fluxman .... assistant: Mr. Shapiro
Anthony Goldschmidt .... title designer
Steve Gordon .... based on characters created by
Harriette Kanew .... production office coordinator: New York
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor
Lisa Rhodes .... production assistant
Joe Russell .... stand-in
Stephanie Saunders .... assistant: Mr. Yorkin: New York
Scott Schaffer .... craft service
Karen Shaw .... production coordinator
 
Thanks
Steve Gordon .... film dedicated to the memory of
 

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Runtime:
113 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Dudley Moore has been said to have based his characterization of Arthur partly on Peter Cook, whose excessive drinking had soured his and Moore's comedic partnership in the '70s.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Arthur enters Bert Johnson's yacht and is walking through the main cabin filled with Christmas party guests, a boom microphone operator can be seen on the right side of the screen.See more »
Quotes:
Hobson:[Arthur is conversing with the ghost of Hobson] Arthur, I've seen your son.
Arthur:[Arthur, inebriated, looks stricken] Oh!
Hobson:I've told him all about you. But he still wants to meet you very much.
Arthur:Ah, old man, you're not playing fair!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Not Only But Always (2004) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
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27 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
He's Back!, 27 November 2003
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

"Arthur 2: On the Rocks" is the story of how Arthur (Dudley Moore), the drunken title character, loses his $750,000,000 fortune and sobers up so he can adopt a baby. It starts out very good and right on target, but towards the last 45 minutes the film loses not only all credibility, but also all sense of cohesiveness. It's as if the writer wrote himself into a wall and tried to cut through it with a spoon. I'm not sure if that analogy was any good, but it's a bit better than the end of the movie.

Of course, I haven't seen the original Oscar-winning "Arthur" (1981), which may be a part of the reason I enjoyed the first half of "Arthur 2" (1988). I still remember when I first saw "The Fly"--I had read all the positive reviews, I was really pumped up and after the credits started to roll I just sort of sat back and let out a sigh. But I had already seen its sequel, aptly named "The Fly II," and I had enjoyed it. Why? Because prior expectations can truly ruin a great movie. If I had gone into "The Fly" expecting nothing, I probably would have come out of it satisfied. But, in hindsight, I expected too much. And I hadn't expected anything going into "The Fly II," which may amount to why I prefer it to the first film, despite its goofy nature and campy effects.

Maybe that's why "Arthur 2: On the Rocks" didn't seem so bad when I watched it. I didn't find a single positive review of the film on the Internet. IMDb's average user rating is currently 3.6, and a year ago it was lower. Rotten Tomatoes' rating is 0%, with not a single positive thing to say. And I can understand why people might not like this movie, but if they think it's one of the worst films of all time...they've got another thing coming.

Arthur and his wife, Linda (Liza Minneli), are living freely. They own five homes in and around New York City, and Arthur's only worry in life is that he may get some. Linda, on the other hand, has a single worry: she can't have children, and she wants some. So they visit an adoption agency downtown, run by Mrs. Canby (Kathy Bates), who promises she'll do her best to fix them up with a kid. Joy!

But then Burt Johnson (Stephen Elliot) buys out Arthur's family company, promising to sell out if Arthur is cut off from the family fortune -- all 750,000,000 dollars. Johnson's scheming is because he wants his daughter, Susan (Cynthia Sikes), to be happy -- and she still wants to marry Arthur. If Arthur divorces his true love, Linda, and marries Johnson's snobby daughter, he can get his money back. But soon Arthur learns that money isn't the most important thing in life.

This is an interesting premise, of course, but the fact that the entire character of Arthur is one built upon the sole theory that there's nothing to worry about in life is contradictory. If "Arthur" were a television show, it would have been a decent half hour of laughs to see him hit the streets in an attempt to sober up. But as a 107-minute film, "Arthur 2's" premise just isn't "Arthur," as far as I can tell. At the end, Arthur cleans up and gets sober, and -- without spoiling how -- wins the day (like there were any doubts as to whether that would happen). But the lasting image of a sober Arthur is far from the central idea of the character in the first place.

And I must complain about something else I noticed -- something more disturbing than anything else in the film. At the very end, Kathy Bates delivers an adopted baby to the couple as they reunite on the street, only for Linda to announce on the spot that she's pregnant. Wouldn't Mrs. Canby (Bates) take the baby back and give her (the baby, that is) to a couple that can't have children? No, she just smiles and stands back from the scene. This is an example of poor scriptwriting.

"Arthur 2: On the Rocks" is a hilarious film in its first half, and a bumbling message-driven snoozer in its second. If only all comedies could sustain laughs at a steady pace throughout. I can't necessarily say that "Arthur 2" is a very bad movie, but I can't necessarily say I can recommend it, either.

2.5/5 stars.

- John Ulmer

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