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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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 Nick Riganas

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

Gross USA:

$78,222,753

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,504,781
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Molly Ringwald turned down the role of Jordan Mooney. See more »

Goofs

During the job interview montage, Brian's hair is noticeably different. That is due to re shoots while Tom Cruise was filming Rain Man. 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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Referenced in Welcome to Sweden: Proving Love/Lägenhet (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Kokomo
Written by Mike Love, Terry Melcher, John Phillips, and Scott McKenzie (as Scott McKenzie')
Performed by The Beach Boys
Published by The Walt Disney Music Company/Honest John Music/Clair Audient Publishing/Daywin Music,
Inc., BMI
Produced by Terry Melcher
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It's time someone shot you straight about this movie
24 February 2019 | by tdrishSee all my reviews

First and foremost, let me get this much out of the way: I Don't like this movie at all! Is it a bad movie? Not at all? Is it a good movie? Not at all. Is it one of those movies that rides the fence? Again, not at all. Now, let me explain. I think it's time someone shot you straight about this movie. Cocktail is currently just under 6 stars on imdb. 5% on RottonTomatoes? Yeah! And I know why. To be brutally honest, this is a movie about virtually nothing. An ex military young guy ( who barely looks old enough to drink) comes back to New York, in pursuit of his dreams of making money or at the very least becoming successful, but in the meantime, he resorts to being a bartender. He's cocky. He's energetic. And he excels at what he does. Tom Cruise soars as Brian Flannigan, a self absorbed snot who just dreams, and dreams BIG. Unfortunately, the film just sort of abandons everything that should have made this a great film, and takes it completely in the wrong direction. To sum it up, the film just uses over an hour of time as an excuse to make a feature film, in my opinion. I saw nothing that sparked, nothing that sizzled. Nothing is cooking here. It's not even bland, it's just literally a movie about nothing! So, how do we turn a nothing movie into a something movie? Sex scenes? Entertaining scenes of Tom flipping bottles around almost blind folded? Plenty of outdoor scenes of a beautiful 1980's Jamaica to look at here. Other then that, there's just nothing solid outside the performances. There's barely any story, other then a whole lot of jealousy and mindless, angry bickering. And the ending was so anti climatic, any person is left wondering: "How can they end a movie like that? What about his future!?" Of course, no one will admit it. The mob mentality executes positivity about this film. And, for some reason, RottonTomatoes doesn't fall for the hype. Apparently, over here, people are not ashamed to tell you what they REALLY feel about Cocktail. I can say this, they did make one hell of a fun movie to watch on the weekend. I just see no point in watching it, when there's other fun titles that can be worth your time. Straight and to the point, Cocktail is a 1988 film about a guy in search of his dreams, only to find romance instead, and from there, you can make the call on what you just watched. Maybe you'll see some insight here that I missed. In the meantime, I stand by my 30 years of belief on this movie: It's a movie about a drunken nobody who want to be a somebody, and it ends before we can see this nobody turn into a somebody. The end!


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