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
Laurence Luckinbill ...
Mr. Mooney
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Kerry Coughlin
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Coral
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Uncle Pat
Robert Donley ...
Eddie
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Eleanor
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Dulcy (as Andrea Morse)
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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 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 City, 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 ... Written by Joshua Jaworsky <jaworsky@gmail.com>

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When he pours, he reigns. See more »

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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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"Originally all the bottle tossing that was done in the film, was not scripted but in fact done last minute because the actors wanted to 'feel like real bartenders'" according to the The '80s Movies Rewind website. See more »

Goofs

Brian brings himself and Bonnie a glass of juice in their bedroom. She hands Brian some vitamins and he pops them into his mouth. When he sits down on the edge of the bed and goes to drink some juice but there is no juice on the edge or rim of the glass. There should be since he needed some to wash down the vitamins. 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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Referenced in Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Episode #5.48 (1997) See more »

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When Will I Be Loved
Written by Phil Everly
Performed by The Everly Brothers
Produced by Archie Bleyer
Courtesy of Barnaby Records
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Tom Cruise what a performance , I think he touched all four bases with this one,, however Bryan Brown steals the show for me,, add in Gina Gershon and Elisabeth Shue, what's not to like,, a college student trying to make money has trouble finding a job,, so he finds a bar to work at part-time while he goes to school,, their he meets an older gentleman who gives him a chance to be the bartender, he learns all the tricks of the trade and things seem to be looking up for our main character, he plans on marrying his sweetheart but he has trouble managing his relationship,, the bar, and going to school,, things start going a little south for our mentor as well, when he get's involved with a woman that he really shouldn't, this movie is well packed with some action,, some lighthearted moments, a lot of serious moments,, and tons of laughter,, this is one of tom cruise's better earlier efforts I felt,, what an enjoyable movie to watch,


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