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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
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 »
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 »
Roger Donaldson directed 1988 flick 'Cocktail' is at best an average watch. A stereotypical affair.
Cruise plays a talented and ambitious bartender who aspires to working in business and finds love while working at a bar in Jamaica. Though the film was a box office Super-Hit back in the day, I really didn't love the film. 21 years ago people loved it, but someone like me, who watches 'Cocktail' now that to for the first time... won't be gung-ho about the film.
Cruise is fantastic throughout. He carries the film on his shoulders, and is the prime reason why this film doesn't bore. Bryan Brown's character & performance are top-notch. Elisabeth Shue is a everlasting beauty, and 'Cocktail' proves that fact once again. As far as her performance goes, she's natural to the core.
'Cocktail' is average work... watch it for Cruise, Shue & Brown's note-worthy performances.
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