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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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 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

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

Tom Cruise and Ron Dean appeared together in "Risky Business" and "The Color of Money" See more »

Goofs

A server needs a Cuba Libre prepared. Brian later says to her "You bitch! Why didn't you just tell me that it was a rum and Coke?!" The drink also contains lime juice. However, both his recipe book and/or the server may have been wrong. 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 Saturday Night Live: Tim McGraw/Ludacris/T-Pain (2008) See more »

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Oh, I Love You So
Written, Performed, and Produced by Preston Smith
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My Favorite Movie
18 April 2001 | by tomisababeSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was 9 yrs.old. I am not sure why my mother let me watch "Cocktail" that young. But, being a young girl I was absolutely in loved with Tom Cruise. Now that I am 20 and in college, I still watch "Cocktail" over and over and over again. It is my favorite movie in the whole wide world. Maybe the acting wasn't the greatest since Tom was waiting on the Rainman script, but being a 9 yr old the movie captured my heart. I watch it now and I still put it back in the box with a smile on my face. "Cocktail" is a movie that has unique parts in it with the bar scenes and the poems. The waterfall was cool, and especially the where Tom said that he would never be spooked again. I was a twin and it just touchs me when Shue said that she was having twins. It has many events that every person would want in a relationship but reality is so much different than fantasy. It is a great movie if someone is into a night of fun, fantasy and romance.


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