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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Brian Flanagan
... Doug Coughlin
... Jordan Mooney
... Bonnie
... Mr. Mooney
... Kerry Coughlin
... Coral
... Uncle Pat
Robert Donley ... Eddie
... Eleanor
... Dulcy (as Andrea Morse)
... Soldier
... Soldier (as Justin Louis)
John Graham ... Soldier
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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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R | See all certifications »

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29 July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Bartender  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The boxing fight match shown on television, upon which Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown) has a fifty dollar bet, is a heavyweight bout between George Foreman and Ken Norton. 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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Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #4.9 (2009) See more »

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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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Theoretically, Flawless in its Design
13 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Cocktail is a lot of things. It's a classic love story about finding the right "rich chick". It's a sorted tale about an aging down on his luck bartender who finds a reason to live. And it's also a feel good film. It teaches you how to respect the desire. Be careful around Elisabeth Shue. "And pretty soon, days get shorter and shorter, nights longer and longer, before you know it, life is just one long night with a few comatose daylight hours." And in the end, no matter how shitty you are to people, they will always forgive you. Bryan Browns masterpiece and Cruise is electric. It's another one of those movies you could watch over and over. And in a little while, your want to watch it again. If anyone hasn't seen this movie and doesn't plan on it, than they are just retarded. Do yourself a favor, run down to the store and buy it. You'll thank me.


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