Arthur 2: On the Rocks

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Arthur 2: On the Rocks
Arthur2poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bud Yorkin
Produced by Robert Shapiro
Dudley Moore
Written by Andy Breckman
Based on Characters 
by Steve Gordon
Starring Dudley Moore
Liza Minnelli
John Gielgud
Music by Burt Bacharach
Cinematography Stephen H. Burum
Edited by Michael Kahn
Production
company
Havlin--Shapiro Productions
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • July 8, 1988 (1988-07-08)
Running time 113 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $14,681,192

Arthur 2: On the Rocks is a 1988 comedy film and the sequel to the 1981 film Arthur. Lead actors Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli reprised their roles.

John Gielgud, who won an Academy Award for his role in the original film, reappears briefly in a drunken hallucination on Arthur's part.

The film co-stars Kathy Bates as a woman who helps the characters of Arthur and Linda adopt a baby. Stephen Elliott reprises his role from the first film, but his daughter, Jill Eikenberry originally, is now played by Cynthia Sikes.

Burt Bacharach also returns to score the film.

Plot[edit]

Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore) is still rich and still drinks too much, but he and Linda (Liza Minnelli) are now happily married. The one thing missing in their life is a child. Seeking revenge, billionaire Bert Johnson (Stephen Elliott), the father of Susan Johnson (Cynthia Sikes), the wealthy woman whom Arthur jilted at the altar, takes control of Arthur's inheritance, leaving Arthur broke and homeless. Susan wants him back and is willing to break up Arthur's marriage if that's what it takes.

Arthur tries to sober up to rise up to the occasion and find a job, knowing his financial plight could ruin any chance he and Linda have of adopting a baby. Linda assures a representative from the adoption agency that, despite his drinking, Arthur would make a good father. Through an elaborate scheme, Arthur plots to get even with the Johnsons and get his money back. In the end, he not only is able to get his money back and adopt a child, but Linda discovers that she's pregnant.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

On the Rocks received generally negative reviews from critics and holds a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 13%.[1] The Washington Post opined that "the result is about as funny as the plight of an alcoholic."

Liza Minnelli earned the 1988 Golden Raspberry Award for "Worst Actress" of the year, by performing in Arthur 2 as well as Rent-a-Cop. Dudley Moore thought of the film as a failure and disowned it.

Box office[edit]

The film was not a box office success; it earned $14.7 million in American ticket sales, compared to the original film's $82 million.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arthur 2: On the Rocks at Rotten Tomatoes
  2. ^ EASTON, NINA (1988). "Weekend Box Office results, July 1988". LA Times. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 

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