A young man leaves Ireland with his landlord's daughter after some trouble with her father, and they dream of owning land at the big give-away in Oklahoma ca. 1893. When they get to the new... See full summary »
After leaving the Army, Brian Flanagan tries to get a marketing job in New York. 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 when 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', and in order 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, staying at the Island resort. Jordan and Brian spend some quality time together and fall in love. But when Brian takes a dare from his old buddy, Doug Coughlin to ... Written by
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This film is listed among The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE. See more »
When Brian pours Jordan a beer in the Jamaican bar, he is also making a drink for another customer. You then see Jordan take her first drink, and yet there is only about an inch high of beer in her glass. See more »
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Roger Donaldson directed 1988 flick 'Cocktail' is at best an average watch. A stereotypical affair.
Cruise plays a talented and ambitious bartender who aspires to working in business and finds love while working at a bar in Jamaica. Though the film was a box office Super-Hit back in the day, I really didn't love the film. 21 years ago people loved it, but someone like me, who watches 'Cocktail' now that to for the first time... won't be gung-ho about the film.
Cruise is fantastic throughout. He carries the film on his shoulders, and is the prime reason why this film doesn't bore. Bryan Brown's character & performance are top-notch. Elisabeth Shue is a everlasting beauty, and 'Cocktail' proves that fact once again. As far as her performance goes, she's natural to the core.
'Cocktail' is average work... watch it for Cruise, Shue & Brown's note-worthy performances.
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