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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

Certificate:

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

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 »

Goofs

While inside the ambulance in Jamaica, the steering wheel is shown on the left side. Jamaicans drive on the left side of the road thus the steering wheel for vehicles in Jamaica are on the right side. 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 Mission: Improbable (2000) See more »

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When Will I Be Loved
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Performed by The Everly Brothers
Produced by Archie Bleyer
Courtesy of Barnaby Records
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Strangely appealing, despite being contrived
5 May 2005 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

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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