A talented New York City bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love.

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Doug Coughlin
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Bonnie
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Mr. Mooney
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Coral
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Uncle Pat
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After leaving the Army, Brian Flanagan tries to get a marketing job in New York City. But without a college degree, this was not possible. He then decides to start studying for a business degree at the local City College and gets a part time job as a bartender. He realizes that its not that easy, but his new boss Douglas Coughlin teaches him the secrets of the bar trade and they become the most famous bartenders in town. Both Brian and Doug Coughlin want their own top class cocktail bars someday and Brian's Cocktail Bar is to be called 'Cocktails & Dreams'. Inorder to get the necessary money to open it, Brian travels to Jamaica to work as a bartender at a resort Tiki Bar, and the pay is good. There he meets Jordan Mooney, a young and pretty, up and coming American artist on vacation with her girlfriend from New York City, staying at the Island resort. Jordan and Brian spend some quality time together and fall in love. But Brian takes a dare from his old buddy, Doug Coughlin to sleep ... Written by Joshua Jaworsky <jaworsky@gmail.com>

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29 July 1988 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$78,222,753 (USA)
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The term for Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) and Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown)s' acrobatic bartending skills is "flair bartending". John Bandy, a flair bartender, trained Tom Cruise for the film. See more »

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Brian is wearing white shoes in one shot while Jordan was drawing him, in the next shot when he grabs her drawing his shoes are off. See more »

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Brian: Come on, put it to the floor! Come on! Let's go!
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Written by Michael Henderson, Robert S. Field, and Wally Wilson
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"Shake It To The Left, Shake It To The Right"
26 September 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

God only knows in my lifetime I've dealt with a lot of bartenders, I still do now when I go in a place and only order non-alcoholic beverage. But unless it was a topless joint where the bartenders were required to do more than pour and converse and maybe toss out an occasional drunk, I never did see one do the Hippy Hippy Shake. And here Tom Cruise does it tandem with Bryan Brown.

Still Cocktail is an entertaining enough film with Tom Cruise now settled into the parts he usually plays as an all American social climber. Tom's fresh out of the army and his first stop is his uncle Ron Dean's bar in Queens. He probably could get a job with his uncle, but Tom aims for higher things.

The problem Tom has in looking for a job is that old adage, what kind of work are you out of? He tries in all kinds of places, but he has no experience. An exhausted Tom arrives at an upscale bar presided over by Bryan Brown and the two of them hit it off. Brown teaches Tom all the tricks of the trade in bartending and hustling.

Bartending on the Upper East Side is a whole different world than the working class of Queens. In fact right around the same time Cocktail was out the tragic murder of Jennifer Levin by preppie killer Robert Chambers was introducing via the tabloids of the world of the yuppie bars of that vicinity. It was the world of Cocktail brought to a gruesome reality.

The women come and go for both Cruise and Brown. Success turns out to be ephemeral. The key scene in the film for me is that where Brown after marrying East Side princess Kelly Lynch and her father's money has backed him in opening the most posh establishment on the East Side, he confesses that he doesn't know the first thing about really running a business. Running a bar/restaurant is a lot more than pouring drinks and dispensing wisdom. Turns out Brown hasn't got that much wisdom and his realization of that leads to tragedy. It's a beautifully played scene, the best I've ever seen from Bryan Brown.

Elizabeth Shue as Tom's East Side princess is very appealing, but I also like Ron Dean as Cruise's uncle who really does have a lot of wisdom and he doesn't think that he has it simply because he pours drinks.

Brian Flannagan in Cocktail became one of Tom Cruise's staple roles and further endeared him as our number one superstar. Still I've yet to see a real bartender do the Hippy Hippy Shake.


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