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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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 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 names of various night-spots, cocktail bars, and hospitality venues featured in the movie included "Jerry's", "Cell Block", "Hysteria", "Kats Place", and "Flanagan's" and/or "Cocktails and Dreams" aka "Flanagan's Cocktails & Dreams". See more »

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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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[first lines]
Brian: Come on, put it to the floor! Come on! Let's go!
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Referenced in The Naked Truth (1992) See more »

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That Hypnotizing Boogie
Written and Performed by David Wilcox
Produced by Sadia Sadia
Courtesy of Capitol-EMI Records of Canada Limited
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Theoretically, Flawless in its Design
13 September 2005 | by (Manhattan) – See all my reviews

Cocktail is a lot of things. It's a classic love story about finding the right "rich chick". It's a sorted tale about an aging down on his luck bartender who finds a reason to live. And it's also a feel good film. It teaches you how to respect the desire. Be careful around Elisabeth Shue. "And pretty soon, days get shorter and shorter, nights longer and longer, before you know it, life is just one long night with a few comatose daylight hours." And in the end, no matter how shitty you are to people, they will always forgive you. Bryan Browns masterpiece and Cruise is electric. It's another one of those movies you could watch over and over. And in a little while, your want to watch it again. If anyone hasn't seen this movie and doesn't plan on it, than they are just retarded. Do yourself a favor, run down to the store and buy it. You'll thank me.


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