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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.

Director:

Roger Donaldson

Writer:

Heywood Gould (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Robert Donley ... Eddie
Ellen Foley ... Eleanor
Andrea Doven ... Dulcy (as Andrea Morse)
Chris Owens ... Soldier
Louis Ferreira ... Soldier (as Justin Louis)
John Graham John Graham ... Soldier
Richard Thorn Richard Thorn ... Soldier
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Storyline

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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When he pours, he reigns. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

29 July 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bartender See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Cruise's Brian Flanagan character, has the same first name phonetically as co-star Bryan Brown, who played Doug Coughlin, the pair of actors portraying best friends in the picture. See more »

Goofs

Whilst at Flanagan's place after a drunken night, they are watching a live broadcast boxing match featuring George Foreman vs Ken Norton. Since the film was set in present day US (1988) and the boxing match took place in 1973. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Brian: Come on, put it to the floor! Come on! Let's go!
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Alternate Versions

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 »

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Spoofed in Mafia! (1998) See more »

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Inside Job
Written, Performed, and Produced by Michael Lanning and Rick Bell
Courtesy of Sounds of Film, Ltd.
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Overly slick version of a Balzac classic novel
12 August 1999 | by stills-6See all my reviews

Interesting take on Balzac's novel "Papa Goriot", where Goriot is Cruise's absent father and the reluctant devil Vautrin is played by Brown. The line that Brown tries to teach Cruise is how to get into high society through the right kind of woman.

The slickness, including the overwritten dialogue, gets in the way, but it sure is fun to look at. Brown is good in a scene-stealing kind of way, and you can see flashes of brilliance in Cruise's performance - occasionally. The scene where Banes tells him what kind of shirt to wear, for example. It takes about three seconds, but you can see the resignation on Cruise's face and in his voice.

Gershon and Shue are underused, in my opinion, having what amounts to incidental roles.


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