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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Heywood Gould (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 July 1988 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
When he pours, he reigns. See more »
Plot:
A talented New York bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A wonderful story and a fantastic film See more (94 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Cruise ... Brian Flanagan

Bryan Brown ... Doug Coughlin

Elisabeth Shue ... Jordan Mooney

Lisa Banes ... Bonnie
Laurence Luckinbill ... Mr. Mooney

Kelly Lynch ... Kerry Coughlin

Gina Gershon ... Coral

Ron Dean ... Uncle Pat
Robert Donley ... Eddie

Ellen Foley ... Eleanor

Andrea Doven ... Dulcy (as Andrea Morse)

Chris Owens ... Soldier

Louis Ferreira ... Soldier (as Justin Louis)
John Graham ... Soldier
Richard Thorn ... Soldier
Robert Greenberg ... Job Interviewer
Harvey J. Alperin ... Job Interviewer (as Harvey Alperin)
Sandra Will ... Job Interviewer (as Sandra Will Carradine)

Allan Wasserman ... Job Interviewer
E. Hampton Beagle ... Job Interviewer
Parker Whitman ... Job Interviewer
Richard Livingston ... Job Interviewer (as Rick Livingston)
Bill Bateman ... Job Interviewer

Jean St. James ... Job Interviewer (as Jean Pflieger)
Rosalyn Marshall ... Job Interviewer
Jeff Silverman ... Job Interviewer
Rich Crater ... Job Interviewer
Marykate Harris ... Job Interviewer
Lew Saunders ... Job Interviewer
Jack Newman ... Economics Teacher

Paul Benedict ... Finance Teacher
Diane Douglass ... Mrs. Rivkin
George Sperdakos ... English Teacher
David Chant ... Chinese Porter
Dianne Heatherington ... First Waitress
Arlene Mazerolle ... Second Waitress (as Arlene Mazerole)
Paul Abbott ... Snotty Customer
Ellen Maguire ... Bar Patron
Joseph Zaccone ... Bar Patron
Larry Block ... Bar Owner
Kelly Connell ... Yuppie Poet

Gerry Bamman ... Tourist

James Eckhouse ... Tourist
Reathel Bean ... Tourist
Peter Boyden ... Tourist
Luther Hansraj ... Ambulance Attendant
Leroy Gibbons ... Singer
Rupert 'Ojiji' Harvey ... 'Messenjah' Band Member
Eric 'Babyface' Walsh ... 'Messenjah' Band Member
Hal 'Saint' Duggan ... 'Messenjah' Band Member
Walter 'Crash' Morgan ... 'Messenjah' Band Member
Charles 'Tower' Sinclair ... 'Messenjah' Band Member
Haile Yeates ... 'Messenjah' Band Member
Kenneth McGregor ... Sculptor (as Ken McGregor)
Liisa Repo-Martell ... Young Couple in Deli
Adam Furfaro ... Young Couple in Deli
Kim Nelles ... Female Artist
David L. Crowley ... Doorman
James Mainprize ... Butler
Gregg Baker ... Bouncer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jaap Broeker ... Doorman (uncredited)
Vivian Palermo ... Barpatron (uncredited)

Garry Pastore ... Well Dressed Man (uncredited)

Andrew Shue ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roger Donaldson 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Heywood Gould (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert W. Cort .... producer
Ted Field .... producer
Daniel J. Heffner .... co-producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
J. Peter Robinson 
 
Cinematography by
Dean Semler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Neil Travis 
 
Casting by
Donna Isaacson 
John S. Lyons  (as John Lyons)
 
Production Design by
Mel Bourne 
 
Art Direction by
Dan Davis 
 
Set Decoration by
Hilton Rosemarin 
 
Costume Design by
Ellen Mirojnick 
 
Makeup Department
Daniel Barrett .... hair stylist
Linda Gill .... makeup artist
Bob Grimaldi .... hair stylist: New York (as Robert Grimaldi)
Ed Jackson .... makeup artist: New York
Paul LeBlanc .... hair stylist (as Paul Le Blanc)
Rick Sharp .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jayne Armstrong .... post-production supervisor
David Coatsworth .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rob Cowan .... first assistant director
Matt Fenton .... dga trainee: New York
Christopher T. Gerrity .... second assistant director: New York (as Christopher Gerrity)
Alex Kramarchuk .... second second assistant director: New York
Michael London .... third assistant director: Jamaica
Janet Spiegel .... third assistant director
Michael Tadross .... first assistant director: New York
Kim H. Winther .... second assistant director (as Kim Winther)
 
Art Department
Joseph Alfieri .... construction coordinator: New York
John Fisher .... set dresser
Peter Hudecki .... storyboard artist
Charles E. McCarry .... art director: New York
Bruce Wayne Mecchi .... leadman (segments)
Don Miloyevich .... property master
Eric Ramirez .... set dresser
Robert S. Smith .... carpenter
Anthony C. Thorpe .... property master
Dick Tice .... lead man
Michael Zansky .... lead scenic artist
Marek Krawczyk .... daily props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... supervising sound editor
Greg Curda .... foley mixer
David Gertz .... dubbing recordist
Richard Lightstone .... sound mixer
Kim Maitland .... sound recordist
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
Rick Mitchell .... foley editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Michael Estler .... stunts
Branko Racki .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Julian Chojnacki .... camera operator
Chris Holmes .... gaffer
Rob McEwan .... still photographer
Tom Prate .... key grip: New York
Randy Shanofsky .... assistant camera
Massimo Zeri .... assistant camera
Steven Cohen .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Bellamy .... costumer: Los Angeles (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Barbara Dunning .... first assistant editor
Stephen L. Meek .... apprentice editor
Lee Michael Searles .... assistant editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
Jim Weidman .... music editor
 
Other crew
Carole Childs .... supervisor: "Cocktail" album
Cheryl Faye .... choreographer
Dave Gare .... production assistant
Joan Krawczyk .... art works
William Mapother .... production assistant
Denis McCallion .... location manager: Los Angeles
Joe McDougall .... production assistant
Charles Miller .... location manager: New York
Wendie Saltarski .... assistant accountant
Tim Sullivan .... production assistant
Allen E. Taylor .... production accountant
 

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Runtime:
104 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #29202) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The boxing fight shown on the TV, upon which Doug has a $50 bet, is a heavyweight bout between George Foreman and Ken Norton.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: While inside the ambulance in Jamaica, the steering wheel is shown on the left side. Jamaicans drive on the left side of the road thus the steering wheel for vehicles in Jamaica are on the right side.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Brian:Come on, put it to the floor! Come on! Let's go!
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34 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
A wonderful story and a fantastic film, 25 August 2002
Author: Peter (fineanimal) from San Diego, California

As far as entertaining storytelling goes, Cocktail is an almost perfect film. Here is an example of compelling dialogue, magnificent urban cinematography, superb acting, and thoughtful editing combining to present us with a very lucid portrayal of one man's coming to terms with the reality of dreams and ambitions in our world.

Cocktail is ultimately the story of Bryan Flanagan's (Tom Cruise) reaction as he doggedly pursues his ambition of getting rich, only to learn that his dream was never really worth pursuing. A new arrival in New York City, the "greatest concentration of wealth in the world," young Flanagan immediately seeks to establish himself in the business world. Without an education or practical experience, however, he suffers one humiliation after another while job-seeking. Eventually he realizes that the business world demands an education, so he enrolls in college and settles for a job as a bartender to pay the bills. But then something extraordinary happens: he discovers that he actually enjoys bartending more than he enjoys college, and that he is challenged more by the mentorship of bartender Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown) than he is by the tutelage of his bitter, sadistic college professors. Together, Coughlin and Flanagan develop the bartending equivalent of a synchronized swimming routine that delivers them both the recognition and money (in tips) they crave.

At this point, Cocktail could easily have degraded into one long, hedonistic party, since the bartending action is certainly entertaining. But instead, a falling out between Flanagan and Coughlin suddenly shifts both the tone and the location of the film as Flanagan moves to the Caribbean to save money for starting his own business.

In Jamaica he meets Jordan (Elizabeth Shue), a lovely, down-to-earth artist, and for the first time in the film Flanagan truly falls in love with a woman he takes to bed, and he seems genuinely surprised to realize that love has been a more worthy goal than sex all along. With the re-introduction of Coughlin's bad influence, however, Flanagan ignores what he has learned about love and pursues a wealthy benefactor, Bonnie (Lisa Banes), breaking Jordan's heart in the process.

Returning to New York City with Bonnie, which should have been the break he has been waiting for, Flanagan instead suffers yet more humiliation in the power game and finally comes to realize that he'd already achieved the success that makes life worth living when he was with Jordan. So he burns his bridges with Bonnie, and the remainder of the film focuses on his new ambition, to win back the trust of the woman he loves.

This is a great story, one that requires the viewer to really challenge Americans' preoccupation with money and power. Yet the beauty of Cocktail is the smooth, realistic way in which this story is presented. For example, few filmmakers today would risk losing the audience's attention by focusing at length on Jordan's silent reaction to Flanagan's betrayal, yet these few silent moments on a darkened beach say more than any amount of dialogue ever could--but only if you're listening!

Cocktail is a wonderful story of love, ambition, opportunity, humiliation, frustration, sacrifice, the absurdity of business and academia, and the definitions of "success" and "failure," sprinkled with real-world humor that is noticeably different--and funnier--than mere comedy. It is also an exciting and fun film to watch, a "feel-good" movie of the highest caliber. I take my hat off to everyone who worked on this fine film.

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