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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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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Jim Carrey and Charlie Sheen were considered for the role of Brian Flanagan which in the end was cast with Tom Cruise. 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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Brian: Come on, put it to the floor! Come on! Let's go!
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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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Mindless But Still Fun
17 January 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Cocktail (1988)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Blockbuster about a young man (Tom Cruise) who dreams of having money and fame but soon his bar-tending skills lead him to Jamaica where he falls in love with a woman (Elisabeth Shue). COCKTAIL was a gigantic hit when it was released and looking back on the film you can't help but see it like so many other hits of its day. While the film remains slightly entertaining there's still no question that the story itself is downright stupid and contains some pretty idiotic moments throughout. One of the most embarrassing scenes happens towards the end of the picture between Cruise and the woman's father but I won't spoil this scene for those who haven't seen the film. A lot of the movie just seems to happen for no reason other to try and jam every type of emotion down the viewer's throat. Again, I'm not going to spoil what happens to one of the major supporting characters but this little twist just doesn't work and really goes against everything else we've seen in the film. With that said, there's no question that Cruise is in fine form here as he was really finding his own. Shue is also extremely good in her role and the two stars share some really good chemistry. The same for Bryan Brown who adds a lot of fun with his supporting role and the magic between he and Cruise certainly helps the entertainment factor. Kelly Lynch and Gina Gershon can also be seen. The film's biggest highlight is the terrific soundtrack, which has everyone from The Beach Boys to John Mellencamp. COCKTAIL is an entertaining movie but at the same time it's quite shallow and really starts to slow down towards the end. Fans of Cruise will still want to check it out even with the flaws.


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