When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary.
Cuba Gooding Jr.,
As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.
Intent on 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. Now, as Flanagan struggles to raise money in Jamaica to open his dream bar someday, he falls 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
In Bret Easton Ellis' novel American Psycho (1991) (filmed as American Psycho (2000)), the lead central character of Patrick Bateman catches and elevator with movie star Tom Cruise, and commends him on his performance in the movie "Bartender", with Cruise correcting him by stating the picture's name is actually Cocktail (1988). See more »
The first time Brian goes to visit Jordan at her parents' condo, her father's shirt switches from a solid pinkish red dress shirt to a striped pink and white shirt, then back again. See more »
Come on, put it to the floor! Come on! Let's go!
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Some TV versions have some alternate takes of some scenes with no harsh language, such as the scene when Brian and Doug have their bar fight. See more »
Brian (Tom Cruise) is not a college graduate but heads to New York City to try and make his fortune. Although he is an aspiring business man, no firm will hire him without that big piece of paper. As he enrolls in night school, he takes a job as a bar tender. In a short while, he is one of the best bartenders in town. His girlfriend lets him down, however, and he takes a job in Jamaica. Once there, his reputation grows, as a great bartender and a supreme carouser. His world is shaken when he meets Jordan (Elizabeth Shue)....he just doesn't know it. When she goes back to New York City, he follows. Will happiness ensue? This film succeeds because of the attractions of Cruise and Shue, the lovely Jamaican scenery, and the romantic plot. Bryan Brown gives a very nice performance as the unlikeable bartender who trains Cruise. The costumes are nice, too, and the inside of Shue's New York apartment is quite intriguing as an artist's digs. If you love stories of unlikely romance and realized aspirations, this one you will like. All fans of Cruise and/or Shue, must take time to watch this film as well.
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