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Cocktail (1988)

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

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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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29 July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Bartender  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$78,222,753

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,504,781
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jennifer Grey, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Jodie Foster, Daryl Hannah, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Jennifer Jason Leigh were all considered for the role of Jordan Mooney, which in the end was cast with Elisabeth Shue. See more »

Goofs

Brian's hair changes color from almost black to pale brown as the film progresses. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Brian: Come on, put it to the floor! Come on! Let's go!
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Connections

Referenced in Cougar Town: Time to Move On (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

This Magic Moment
Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
Performed by Leroy Gibbons
Produced by King Jammy
Courtesy of Jammy's Records
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The Best!
26 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Essentially, `Cocktail' is nothing more than your average ‘popcorn flick'. However, it is a darn good one. What was surprisingly nice about this film was that it actually had a mature amount of depth to it. It is also overflowing with big-name stars such as Tom Cruise (Risky Business), Elizabeth Shue (Adventures in Babysitting), and Bryan Brown (The Thorn Birds). But, the supporting characters happen to be so fascinating that at times it's hard to focus on anything else. In addition to this, the film has glorious cinematography- especially the scenes set in the tropics. Another thing `Cocktail' has going for it is its soundtrack: great 80s music!! At its heart, `Cocktail' is nothing more than the same romantic fluff you have seen hundreds of times before- but it is presented in such a nice package that who really cares?


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