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Cocktail -- A young, ambitious New York bartender becomes the toast of Manhattan's Upper East Side.  But when he moves to Jamaica and finds true love, he gains a new perspective on his life.
Cocktail -- Clip: Jamaica Montage
Cocktail -- Clip: Jordan dumps food on Brian

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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 City 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 6 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
entertaining and energetic See more (101 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 ... Robert Powell (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)
Karen Starr ... Club Patron (uncredited)

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
Ron Gillham .... key grip
Chris Holmes .... gaffer
Rob McEwan .... still photographer
Tom Prate .... key grip: New York
Randy Shanofsky .... assistant camera
Ron Zarilla .... first assistant camera
Massimo Zeri .... assistant camera
Steven Cohen .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Bellamy .... costumer: Los Angeles (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Bruce W. Cathcart .... assistant editor (as Bruce Cathcart)
Barbara Dunning .... first assistant editor
Stephen L. Meek .... apprentice editor
Lee Michael Searles .... assistant editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Mathew Hart .... location manager
Keith Large .... location manager
Denis McCallion .... location manager: Los Angeles
Charles Miller .... location manager
Charles Miller .... location manager: New York
 
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
Jim Weidman .... music editor
Laura Perlman .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Renee Bodner .... script supervisor
Carole Childs .... supervisor: "Cocktail" album
Cheryl Faye .... choreographer
Ann-Marie Ferney-Tellez .... production assistant (as Anne-Marie Ferney)
Chris Forde .... production assistant (as Christopher Forde)
Dave Gare .... production assistant
Joan Krawczyk .... art works
Terry Ladin .... production coordinator
Oscar Lawson .... production assistant
William Mapother .... production assistant
Joe McDougall .... production assistant
Mara McSweeny .... production coordinator
Rob Meisenholder .... production assistant
Wendie Saltarski .... assistant accountant
Tim Sullivan .... production assistant
Allen E. Taylor .... production accountant
Jim Templar .... stand-in
Elaine Yarish .... script supervisor
 

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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 | Netherlands:6 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 (video rating) (1991) | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) (1990) | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #29202) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The movie's Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album went to the No. #1 spot on the Canadian Albums Chart and the Australian Albums Chart; the No. #2 rank on the US Billboard Top 200 Chart and the New Zealand Album Charts; the No. #3 spot Swiss, Austrian, and Swedish Album Charts, and peaked at the No. #4 rank on the German Albums Chart.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Original Sin (Jumpin' In)See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
entertaining and energetic, 18 January 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Cocktail" from 1988 is one of the films that solidified Tom Cruise's superstar status. He stars in this film with Bryan Brown, Lisa Banes, and Elizabeth Shue.

Cruise plays Brian Flanagan, a young man with a lot of dreams of making big bucks. After getting out of the service, he relentlessly seeks a job in New York City, finally snagging one as a bartender in a upper east side, trendy bar, where he works alongside Doug Coughlin, his boss. Before long they're an attraction in and of themselves, throwing bottles to one another, finishing off each other's drinks, all the while dancing, turning, and gyrating.

Brian goes to business school as well, but given his late nights, it's exhausting and not very fulfilling.

He and Doug both have dreams of owning their own bars, and the two become great friends. However, after a huge fight, Brian goes to Jamaica and runs a bar there, making good money and falling for Jordan, a pretty waitress (Shue). Then Doug shows up, having married rich, and when a very classy, upscale woman (Banes) comes to the bar, Doug bets Brian that he can't get to first base with her. He does, and Jordan sees him do it, and drops out of the picture.

Back in New York, Brian finds out living with a high-powered woman is no picnic - in fact, it's pretty humiliating -- and he runs into Jordan again.

"Cocktail" doesn't have much of a plot, but it has two very attractive leading men, sexy Bryan Brown and, of course, Cruise, handsome even with his old nose and looking quite different than he did in "The Color of Money." He's very charming,likable, and exudes a lot of youthful energy. He has some emotional moments, too, which he handles well.

"Cocktail" is a light film aimed at a younger crowd than I was even in 1988, but anyone can enjoy its swinging New York atmosphere, lazy Jamaican sun, great soundtrack, and two wild bartenders. Underneath it all, it's about the dreams of youth and the reality of being out in the world. That's a message everyone learns pretty quickly.

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