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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
The place where star Tom Cruise, in preparation for his role as a cocky bartender in this film, trained and practiced in cocktails, bar-tending, and "flair bartending", according to the 21st October 1987 edition of 'The Los Angeles Herald Examiner', was at "John Clancy's Seafood Restaurant" in New York City. See more »
The length of Brian's hair changes frequently. 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 »
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Written by Elvis Presley and Otis Blackwell
Performed and Produced by Ry Cooder
Published by Rightsong Music, Inc. (administred by Unichappell Music, Inc., BMI)
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One of the lesser Tom Cruise films but still worth a watch
Cocktail reminds me of the days films were innocent and were made to entertain an audience weary of their real-life concerns. If nothing else it is a reminder of the type of films the late 80s churned out. Tom Cruise, at the height of his superstardom plays a bartender who is coached by Bryan Brown in the big apple and then relocates to Jamaica. This is a good one time watch (preferably with a drink) and the locations and characters are innocent enough to be enamored with. If you have nothing to do on a lazy afternoon you can slip a disc of Cocktail in your player and get lost in not too heavy handed nostalgia.
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