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Cocktail (1988)

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A talented New York City bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Brian Flanagan
... Doug Coughlin
... Jordan Mooney
... Bonnie
... Mr. Mooney
... Kerry Coughlin
... Coral
... Uncle Pat
Robert Donley ... Eddie
... Eleanor
... Dulcy (as Andrea Morse)
... Soldier
... Soldier (as Justin Louis)
John Graham ... Soldier
Richard Thorn ... Soldier
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With dreams of becoming a successful businessman and even a millionaire, the ex-military man, Brian Flanagan, waits for his big break while serving drinks at a New York City tavern and studying for his degree. However, when the charismatic cynic and veteran bartender, Doug Coughlin, becomes the ambitious Brian's sage mentor, their chemistry combined with the flamboyant tricks behind the bar will soon yield fame and money until they decide to split ways. Eventually, as Flanagan struggles to raise money in Jamaica to open his own bar someday, he will fall hard for the striving waitress Jordan Mooney, while a wealthy fashion executive wants to take him back to Manhattan to live with her. Is there a future between Brian and Jordan? Written by Nick Riganas

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They thought he was good, they were wrong... he was the best See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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29 July 1988 (USA)  »

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The Bartender  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,789,466, 31 July 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$78,222,753

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,504,781
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1.85 : 1
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Stars Tom Cruise and Elisabeth Shue had to endure extremely cold water conditions whilst shooting in Jamaica. See more »

Goofs

Coughlin is saying, "There are two kinds of people in this world," and Flanigan is setting his drink down on the bar. In the very next shot, when he continues, "the workers and the hustlers," Flanigan is holding the drink as if he never set it down. It's also in his other hand. 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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Rave On
Written by Sonny West, Norman Petty and Bill Tilghman
Performed and Produced by John Mellencamp (as John Cougar Mellencamp)
Published by Wren Music, BMI
Courtesy of PolyGram Records
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He poured, he reigned; at the box office at least.
16 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

Tom Cruise stars as Brian Flanagan, who is fresh out the army and finding that landing an executive job in the big city isn't as easy as he thought. Taking on a course for a business degree, he winds up working part time at a cocktail bar under the tutelage of bar tending philosopher Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown). A new world is about to open up for both of them.

Right, I have the softest of soft spots for this movie. That doesn't mean I'm not aware of its many failings, most notably the heavy weight of predictability that pounds down on the head from the very first frame. But as simple as it may be (oh this is plot line simplicity decorated in flashy booze bottle twiddling), and the obvious cash in on Cruise's box office appeal that it was (note that his next film was the considerable shift to Rain Man), it's fun (thanks to Bryan Brown's mugging) and sweetly romantic (thanks to Elisabeth Shue being sweetly romantic). Yeah it's a hard sell I know! But Cruise charms in a way that has his haters swigging the Alabama Slammers by the dozen, and guys! Kelly Lynch pops up wearing a thong. Yeah I'm pretty shallow where Cocktail is concerned, sue me...

All together now, "This magic moment" 6.5/10


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