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Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 8 July 1988 (USA)
Arthur loses his fortune for staying with Linda, right as the two were preparing to adopt a child. As their marriage suffers, Arthur plans for a way to get his money back, but first he must sober up and get a real job.


Bud Yorkin


Steve Gordon (characters), Andy Breckman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Thomas Barbour ... Stanford Bach
David O'Brien David O'Brien ... Millionaire
Ron Canada ... Bartender
John C. Vennema ... Maitre D' (as John Vennema)


In this sequel to the 1981 hit movie, Arthur manages to lose his entire $750 million fortune. Will the former millionaire playboy be able to survive as a broke, unemployable alcoholic? To add to Arthur's problems, wife Linda's biological clock is ticking louder than ever, and she's pressuring him to start taking responsibility for himself. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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No Money. Still Funny.


Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


This movie was released seven years after Arthur (1981), yet in the storyline, it is stated that it is five years since Hobson died, and six years since Arthur dumped Susan Johnson at the altar. See more »


When Arthur falls into the boiler room and crawls behind the machinery, the stunt performer stops when he thinks he's hidden, but his shoes and posterior are still visible to the camera. Even though we can still see him there, Arthur is already up and walking out of the place across the room from this. See more »


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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Referenced in Mad About You: The Unplanned Child (1993) See more »


Performed by Brenda Russell
Written by Brenda Russell and Gardner Cole
Courtesy of A&M Records
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Not the disaster it's been made out to be
9 June 2011 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

When it was first released, "Arthur 2: On The Rocks" got the reputation of being a big disaster, a stigma that it still has more than 20 years later. That stigma is why I put off watching it for so long, only deciding to give it a look when it appeared on free TV in my city. After watching it, I am puzzled by its reputation. To be sure, it's not as good as the first movie. It does have a number of faults with it, such as there not being any gigantic laughs, a surprisingly sedate tone for the most part, a limited amount of plot, and Minnelli disappearing for almost all of the last third of the movie. Still, the movie has some strengths. While there are no gigantic laughs, there are a good number of chuckles along the way. The cast is enthusiastic and has great chemistry with each other, and the characters (at least the ones not in the evil family that strips Arthur of his fortune) are very likable. So while the movie is no comic masterpiece, it's nothing to really be embarrassed about - it's a perfectly okay movie, especially when you consider how bad sequels usually are.

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8 July 1988 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,150,962, 10 July 1988

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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