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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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$78,222,753

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,504,781
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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 90210: The Porn King (2009) 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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Chicks, Booze, and Jamaica
2 July 2000 | by mahealySee all my reviews

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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