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

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Mr. Mooney
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Kerry Coughlin
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Coral
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Uncle Pat
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Eddie
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Eleanor
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Dulcy (as Andrea Morse)
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Soldier (as Justin Louis)
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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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Molly Ringwald turned down the role of Jordan Mooney. See more »

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The length of Brian's hair changes frequently. See more »

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[first lines]
Brian: Come on, put it to the floor! Come on! Let's go!
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Written by Elvis Presley and Otis Blackwell
Performed and Produced by Ry Cooder
Published by Rightsong Music, Inc. (administred by Unichappell Music, Inc., BMI)
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Typical Hollywood entertainer: unsurprising, empty and enjoyable
10 September 2002 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

It's been years since I saw Roger Donaldson's "Cocktail" for the last time. I remember it well enough to say that it was almost phenomenally standard love story/drama from the producers of Hollywood. It's actually hard to name a flick that's more basic in its own genre. Usual stuff or not, there was nothing wrong with it as long as the audience doesn't expect anything profound or ingenious. One user described "Cocktail" as "entertaining trash". I couldn't possibly agree more. This was one of Tom Cruise's first hit movies (alongside with "Top gun", "The Color of the money" and "Rain man"). It was his late 80's "pretty face" period. "Born on the fourth of July" started Cruise's career as a more serious actor and look where we are now. He played the leading part in Stanley Kubrick's final masterpiece in 1999 and the man still going strong.


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