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Cocktail (1988)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  29 July 1988 (USA)
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A talented New York 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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Soldier
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John Graham ...
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Richard Thorn ...
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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 Joshua Jaworsky <jaworsky@gmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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29 July 1988 (USA)  »

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The boxing fight shown on the TV, upon which Doug has a $50 bet, is a heavyweight bout between George Foreman and Ken Norton. See more »

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While inside the ambulance in Jamaica, the steering wheel is shown on the left side. Jamaicans drive on the left side of the road thus the steering wheel for vehicles in Jamaica are on the right side. 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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Addicted To Love
Written and Performed by Robert Palmer
Produced by Bernard Edwards
Courtesy of Island Records
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A movie to enjoy and relax
25 September 2012 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

I don't understand the hate for this movie . Seriously , people... Is a movie about bartender that finds love and learns few things about life a worse subject for a movie than "Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter" ? Is it because Tom Cruise is in it ? I really don't know. I don't understand the low rating . It's not the deepest of movies , but it should be rated higher . Instead of 5.5 this movie should be rated at least 6.2 or something.

"Cocktail" is a movie about a man who thinks that money and career are the things he wants. When he meets Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown) , he will learn that fun is more important than money and that true friendship isn't something easy to achieve . Later in the movie when Bryan (Tom Cruise) will meet Jordan Mooney (Elisabeth Shue) he will learn few things about love (mainly responsibility).

Tom Cruise is okay . Bryan Brown ("F/X") is great , he's a true scene stealer . Elisabeth Shue is nice . Watch out for Ron Dean ("The Dark Knight") as grim uncle Pat.

Since this is a 80's movie there's a great soundtrack to it . It includes songs like "Kokomo" (The Beach Boys) , "Don't worry be happy" (Bobby McFerrin) , "Wild again" (Starship) , " Oh, I love you so" (Preston Smith) , "Tutti frutti" (Little Richard) and "Shelter of your love "(Jimmy Cliff). This movie will also take you for a lovely trip to Jamaica.

This movie is like a cocktail . It won't take away your problems , but it will help you forget about them . It will make you feel good - and that is the main reason to watch this kind of movies.

I give it 5/10.


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