When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary.
Cuba Gooding Jr.,
As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.
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
According to the February 21, 1992 edition of show business trade paper 'The Hollywood Reporter', the American Film Institute reports that "John Bandy, who was credited as bar advisor on the film, sued Michael Werner of Tampa, FL, alleging that Werner falsely claimed to be Tom Cruise's bartending teacher." Moreover, the February 27, 1992 edition of the 'The Wall Street Journal' "noted that Werner denied teaching Cruise but acknowledged he taught Bandy bartending techniques when they worked together ten years prior in Houston, TX." See more »
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 »
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 »
It just don't get better than that. This is a great movie, and while it is true that the acting wasn't exactly stellar, well, you definitely shouldn't be watching this movie for the acting in the first place. A classic 80s flick in my estimation, Cocktail tells the story of a bartender trying to make it big. A great movie, featuring some big movie stars before they were big movie stars. After I watched it, I wanted to go downstairs to my wetbar and try spinning some bottles around like Tom Cruise. Grade A.
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