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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

The correct name for the plastic bit on the end of shoelaces is an "aglet" not a "flugelbinder". The latter term was made-up for the movie. 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 Cougar Town: Time to Move On (2014) See more »

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Shelter Of Your Love
Written, Performed and Produced by Jimmy Cliff
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Mindless But Still Fun
17 January 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Cocktail (1988)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Blockbuster about a young man (Tom Cruise) who dreams of having money and fame but soon his bar-tending skills lead him to Jamaica where he falls in love with a woman (Elisabeth Shue). COCKTAIL was a gigantic hit when it was released and looking back on the film you can't help but see it like so many other hits of its day. While the film remains slightly entertaining there's still no question that the story itself is downright stupid and contains some pretty idiotic moments throughout. One of the most embarrassing scenes happens towards the end of the picture between Cruise and the woman's father but I won't spoil this scene for those who haven't seen the film. A lot of the movie just seems to happen for no reason other to try and jam every type of emotion down the viewer's throat. Again, I'm not going to spoil what happens to one of the major supporting characters but this little twist just doesn't work and really goes against everything else we've seen in the film. With that said, there's no question that Cruise is in fine form here as he was really finding his own. Shue is also extremely good in her role and the two stars share some really good chemistry. The same for Bryan Brown who adds a lot of fun with his supporting role and the magic between he and Cruise certainly helps the entertainment factor. Kelly Lynch and Gina Gershon can also be seen. The film's biggest highlight is the terrific soundtrack, which has everyone from The Beach Boys to John Mellencamp. COCKTAIL is an entertaining movie but at the same time it's quite shallow and really starts to slow down towards the end. Fans of Cruise will still want to check it out even with the flaws.


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