Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)

Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)

Taglines: No Money. Still Funny.

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 Burt Johnson (Stephen Elliott), the father of Susan Johnson (Cynthia Sikes), the wealthy woman whom he jilted at the altar, takes control of his inheritance, leaving him broke and homeless. Susan wants him back and is willing to break up his 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. She assures a representative from the adoption agency that, despite his drinking, he would make a good father. Through an elaborate scheme, he 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 she discovers she’s pregnant.

Arthur 2: On the Rocks is a 1988 American 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 returns to score the film. The soundtrack also features songs by popular artists, including OMD and Kylie Minogue.

Arthur 2: On the Rocks Movie Poster (1988)

Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)

Directed by: Bud Yorkin
Starring: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, Kathy Bates, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Stephen Elliott, Paul Benedict, Cynthia Sikes
Screenplay by: Steve Gordon, Andy Breckman
Production Design by: Gene Callahan
Cinematography by: Stephen H. Burum
Film Editing by: Michael Kahn
Costume Design by: Anna Hill Johnstone
Set Decoration by: Lee Poll
Art Direction by: Hub Braden
Music by: Burt Bacharach
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: July 8, 1988