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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:
"Shake It To The Left, Shake It To The Right" 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)
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
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:
This film is listed among The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Brian:Come on, put it to the floor! Come on! Let's go!
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Soundtrack:
Hippy Hippy ShakeSee more »

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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
"Shake It To The Left, Shake It To The Right", 26 September 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

God only knows in my lifetime I've dealt with a lot of bartenders, I still do now when I go in a place and only order non-alcoholic beverage. But unless it was a topless joint where the bartenders were required to do more than pour and converse and maybe toss out an occasional drunk, I never did see one do the Hippy Hippy Shake. And here Tom Cruise does it tandem with Bryan Brown.

Still Cocktail is an entertaining enough film with Tom Cruise now settled into the parts he usually plays as an all American social climber. Tom's fresh out of the army and his first stop is his uncle Ron Dean's bar in Queens. He probably could get a job with his uncle, but Tom aims for higher things.

The problem Tom has in looking for a job is that old adage, what kind of work are you out of? He tries in all kinds of places, but he has no experience. An exhausted Tom arrives at an upscale bar presided over by Bryan Brown and the two of them hit it off. Brown teaches Tom all the tricks of the trade in bartending and hustling.

Bartending on the Upper East Side is a whole different world than the working class of Queens. In fact right around the same time Cocktail was out the tragic murder of Jennifer Levin by preppie killer Robert Chambers was introducing via the tabloids of the world of the yuppie bars of that vicinity. It was the world of Cocktail brought to a gruesome reality.

The women come and go for both Cruise and Brown. Success turns out to be ephemeral. The key scene in the film for me is that where Brown after marrying East Side princess Kelly Lynch and her father's money has backed him in opening the most posh establishment on the East Side, he confesses that he doesn't know the first thing about really running a business. Running a bar/restaurant is a lot more than pouring drinks and dispensing wisdom. Turns out Brown hasn't got that much wisdom and his realization of that leads to tragedy. It's a beautifully played scene, the best I've ever seen from Bryan Brown.

Elizabeth Shue as Tom's East Side princess is very appealing, but I also like Ron Dean as Cruise's uncle who really does have a lot of wisdom and he doesn't think that he has it simply because he pours drinks.

Brian Flannagan in Cocktail became one of Tom Cruise's staple roles and further endeared him as our number one superstar. Still I've yet to see a real bartender do the Hippy Hippy Shake.

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