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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John Graham ...
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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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29 July 1988 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$78,222,753 (USA)
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Only about 24 minutes of the movie's standard 104 minute running time is actually set in the exotic Carribean vacation location of Jamaica for which the picture is famous, particularly from the film's popular "Kokomo" song track music-video tie-in by The Beach Boys. Approximately, 80 minutes of the movie is set in New York's Upper East Side of Manhattan, with only about a quarter of the picture actually set in the Jamaican holiday locale. See more »

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When Doug shows up in Jamaica, Brian makes them both a blender drink. He takes the pitcher from the blender and pours the first one, the camera angle changes, and both drinks are now full. 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 King of Queens: Pour Judgment (2005) See more »

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Original Sin (Jumpin' In)
Written by John Capek, Steve Kipner, and Peter Beckett
Performed by Think Out Loud
Produced by David J. Holman, Steve Kipner, and Peter Beckett
Courtesy of A&M Records
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He poured, he reigned; at the box office at least.
16 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Tom Cruise stars as Brian Flanagan, who is fresh out the army and finding that landing an executive job in the big city isn't as easy as he thought. Taking on a course for a business degree, he winds up working part time at a cocktail bar under the tutelage of bar tending philosopher Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown). A new world is about to open up for both of them.

Right, I have the softest of soft spots for this movie. That doesn't mean I'm not aware of its many failings, most notably the heavy weight of predictability that pounds down on the head from the very first frame. But as simple as it may be (oh this is plot line simplicity decorated in flashy booze bottle twiddling), and the obvious cash in on Cruise's box office appeal that it was (note that his next film was the considerable shift to Rain Man), it's fun (thanks to Bryan Brown's mugging) and sweetly romantic (thanks to Elisabeth Shue being sweetly romantic). Yeah it's a hard sell I know! But Cruise charms in a way that has his haters swigging the Alabama Slammers by the dozen, and guys! Kelly Lynch pops up wearing a thong. Yeah I'm pretty shallow where Cocktail is concerned, sue me...

All together now, "This magic moment" 6.5/10


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