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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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After leaving the Army, Brian Flanagan tries to get a marketing job in New York City. But without a college degree, this is 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 it's not 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 want their own top class cocktail bars someday and Brian's Cocktail Bar is to be called 'Cocktails and Dreams'. 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 Brian takes a dare from his old buddy, Doug Coughlin to sleep with an older... 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 name of the Coughlin's luxury yacht sea vessel was "Kerry's Dream" named after Doug Coughlin's (Bryan Brown)'s wife Kerry Coughlin (Kelly Lynch). See more »

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Whilst at Flanagan's place after a drunken night, they are watching a live broadcast boxing match featuring George Foreman vs Ken Norton. Since the film was set in present day US (1988) and the boxing match took place in 1973. 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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Addicted To Love
Written and Performed by Robert Palmer
Produced by Bernard Edwards
Courtesy of Island Records
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26 August 2003 | by (the Midwest) – 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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