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Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 8 July 1988 (USA)
Arthur loses all of his money, and his wife wants a baby.

Director:

Bud Yorkin

Writers:

Steve Gordon (characters), Andy Breckman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dudley Moore ... Arthur Bach
Liza Minnelli ... Linda Marolla Bach
John Gielgud ... Hobson
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Martha Bach
Stephen Elliott 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)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

No Money. Still Funny.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arthur on the Rocks See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,150,962, 10 July 1988

Gross USA:

$14,681,192

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,681,192
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Preparing stage plans for the studio sets to be built on the Warner Brothers' Burbank lot, Set Decorator Gene Callahan and Art Director Hub Braden designed preliminary set plans with elevations of all of the proposed stage sets. Viewing Arthur (1981) on video, the original upstairs bedroom set was copied and rebuilt for this movie. Arthur (1981)'s set designs incorporated levels, with entrance doors requiring a door-step landing, to step down onto the set, similar to a theatrical stage set plan. This step element was changed in this set by eliminating the step-up hallway platform. Paper doll miniature sets were mounted and presented for discussion and final approvals by Director Bud Yorkin. Set Designers were then staffed with the commencement of drawing plans and elevations. All of the New York City sets were actual locations with no studio-built scenery. Minor modifications and set dressing were added to all of the interior and exterior location sights in New York City. The yacht interior was a Burbank stage set. The yacht's interior lounge finish was a Phillipine Mahogany wood skin veneer finish. After the skin veneer was applied to the walls, after an overnight stage closure, the veneer wrinkled due to the frigid stage temperature. When the stage was scheduled for filming the set, the stage heaters had to be continuously maintained to prevent the veneer from wrinkling. See more »

Goofs

When Susan is on her father's boat during the party, her necklace disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Bitterman: Mr. Bach?
Arthur: Bitterman! How the hell are you?
Bitterman: Sir, what are you doing here?
Arthur: They said I'd never make it Bitterman, they said the city would eat me alive. But now look at me, I got my own pail and my own squeegee, I showed them ALL!
Martha Bach: Arthur?
Arthur: Martha!
Martha Bach: Arthur, what are you doing?
Arthur: Well, I was...
Martha Bach: Are you going to marry Susan Johnson or not?
Arthur: I already told you Martha, I can't!
[...]
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Soundtracks

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Written and Performed by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Courtesy of Virgin Records/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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