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Cocktail (1988)

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



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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kerry Coughlin
Robert Donley ...
Dulcy (as Andrea Morse)
Soldier (as Justin Louis)
John Graham ...
Richard Thorn ...


With dreams of becoming a successful businessman and even a millionaire, the ex-military man, Brian Flanagan, waits for his big break while serving drinks at a New York City tavern and studying for his degree. However, when the charismatic cynic and veteran bartender, Doug Coughlin, becomes the ambitious Brian's sage mentor, their chemistry combined with the flamboyant tricks behind the bar will soon yield fame and money until they decide to split ways. Eventually, as Flanagan struggles to raise money in Jamaica to open his own bar someday, he will fall hard for the striving waitress Jordan Mooney, while a wealthy fashion executive wants to take him back to Manhattan to live with her. Is there a future between Brian and Jordan? Written by Nick Riganas

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Release Date:

29 July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Bartender  »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,789,466, 31 July 1988, Wide Release

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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In the "Excellence in Broadcasting" episode of Family Guy (1998) (See: Family Guy: Excellence in Broadcasting (2010)), Brian said this movie is pretty good. Lois said then 'he's making her sick'. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Brian: Come on, put it to the floor! Come on! Let's go!
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Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995) See more »


Rave On
Written by Sonny West, Norman Petty and Bill Tilghman
Performed and Produced by John Mellencamp (as John Cougar Mellencamp)
Published by Wren Music, BMI
Courtesy of PolyGram Records
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I watch this movie every year...
18 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

I don't know what it is with this movie but I watch it every years and it just feels good! I think the movie magic happens with the incredible casting. You see and feel the emotions of every character. It's an ordinary story that is believable and that is the reflection of an era.

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