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Plot: After leaving the Army, Brian Flanagan tries to get a marketing job in New York. But without a college degree, this was not possible. He then decides to start studying for a business degree at the local City College and gets a part time job as a bartender. He realizes that its not that easy, but when his new boss Douglas Coughlin teaches him the secrets of the bar trade and they become the most famous bartenders in town. Both Brian and Doug Coughlin want their own top class cocktail bars someday and Brian's Cocktail Bar is to be called 'Cocktails & Dreams', and in order to get the necessary money to open it, Brian travels to Jamaica to work as a bartender at a resort Tiki Bar, and the pay is good. There he meets Jordan Mooney, a young and pretty, up and coming American artist on vacation with her girlfriend from New York, staying at the Island resort. Jordan and Brian spend some quality time together and fall in love. But when Brian takes a dare from his old buddy, Doug Coughlin to sleep with an older woman, who is also staying at the resort. Jordan, herself the daughter of wealthy parents back in New York, leaves the Island overnight, after seeing Brian and the older woman together after closing... Will Jordan ever forgive Brian and will they get back together? Runtime: 104 mins Release Date: 28 Jul 1988
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 <more>
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.
A wonderful story and a fantastic film (by fineanimal)
As far as entertaining storytelling goes, Cocktail is an almost perfect film. Here is an example of compelling dialogue, magnificent urban cinematography, superb acting, and thoughtful editing combining to present us with a very lucid portrayal of one man's coming to terms with the reality of dreams and ambitions in our world.Cocktail is ultimately the story of Bryan Flanagan's Tom Cruise reaction as he doggedly pursues his ambition of getting rich, only to learn that his dream was never really worth pursuing. A new arrival in New York City, the "greatest concentration of <more>
wealth in the world," young Flanagan immediately seeks to establish himself in the business world. Without an education or practical experience, however, he suffers one humiliation after another while job-seeking. Eventually he realizes that the business world demands an education, so he enrolls in college and settles for a job as a bartender to pay the bills. But then something extraordinary happens: he discovers that he actually enjoys bartending more than he enjoys college, and that he is challenged more by the mentorship of bartender Doug Coughlin Bryan Brown than he is by the tutelage of his bitter, sadistic college professors. Together, Coughlin and Flanagan develop the bartending equivalent of a synchronized swimming routine that delivers them both the recognition and money in tips they crave.At this point, Cocktail could easily have degraded into one long, hedonistic party, since the bartending action is certainly entertaining. But instead, a falling out between Flanagan and Coughlin suddenly shifts both the tone and the location of the film as Flanagan moves to the Caribbean to save money for starting his own business.In Jamaica he meets Jordan Elizabeth Shue , a lovely, down-to-earth artist, and for the first time in the film Flanagan truly falls in love with a woman he takes to bed, and he seems genuinely surprised to realize that love has been a more worthy goal than sex all along. With the re-introduction of Coughlin's bad influence, however, Flanagan ignores what he has learned about love and pursues a wealthy benefactor, Bonnie Lisa Banes , breaking Jordan's heart in the process.Returning to New York City with Bonnie, which should have been the break he has been waiting for, Flanagan instead suffers yet more humiliation in the power game and finally comes to realize that he'd already achieved the success that makes life worth living when he was with Jordan. So he burns his bridges with Bonnie, and the remainder of the film focuses on his new ambition, to win back the trust of the woman he loves.This is a great story, one that requires the viewer to really challenge Americans' preoccupation with money and power. Yet the beauty of Cocktail is the smooth, realistic way in which this story is presented. For example, few filmmakers today would risk losing the audience's attention by focusing at length on Jordan's silent reaction to Flanagan's betrayal, yet these few silent moments on a darkened beach say more than any amount of dialogue ever could--but only if you're listening!Cocktail is a wonderful story of love, ambition, opportunity, humiliation, frustration, sacrifice, the absurdity of business and academia, and the definitions of "success" and "failure," sprinkled with real-world humor that is noticeably different--and funnier--than mere comedy. It is also an exciting and fun film to watch, a "feel-good" movie of the highest caliber. I take my hat off to everyone who worked on this fine film.
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.
Good movie (by CiNEMAN_)
This is a great movie about Romance Love. Although it was made in 1988 this movie shows us that even the most principle man with undestructable plans can be changed. By what? A woman. And my opinion is that he have ever loved her, even the time when he didn't suppose for her existing at all. And everything what he do is only for her...for her lovely smile...for her happiness.....and for their twins!Regard to all cinemans on the planet: CiNEMAN from Bulgaria :-
...but if you wanna get loaded, then why don't you just order, a shot (by pfisher-32275)
Wow this movie really has taken a beating from the IMDb reviewers. I think the several one star marks it received, is a little harsh but OK, I'll try to highlight the good things about this movie rather than the bad. I've always been of the, if you haven't got anything good to say, don't say it, school of thought.I think some people watch movies needing them to evoke a strong emotional responses. They want to be moved, they want a journey, or at the very least they want the plot line to be extremely engaging & flawless; Godfather, Shawshank, Schindler's list etc or <more>
those of similar ilk are classic examples. If a movie does not do that, or doesn't meet a preconceived criteria, they feel short changed. These are the "I just wasted 90 minutes of my life" people, the short attention span people, the people that fall asleep 10 minutes in unless there's a court jester juggling in the isle. They are not people that watch all kinds of movies all the time as their primary way of unwinding. When they watch a movie they want it to knock their socks off, pure & simple. A fair point, but Cocktail like many others, is not that kind of movie.Movies are like eating, there's something for every mood. I've been to New York & like millions of others, it's one of my favourite cities where half of the movie is shot & I've been to the Caribbean several times where the other half is shot , both great locations. I love the electricity of a good bar atmosphere, having a few drinks & a wiggle, the prospect of maybe getting lucky, or at least getting drunk & having a sing song, don't we all? This movie includes all the above and more. The classic rock & roll sound track is great, Everly Brothers, Big Bopper, Little Richard, Hippy Hippy Shake etc... & there's some nice mellow reggae ones thrown in as well.For the above alone, this deserves more than 1 star. It was never meant to garner dozens of Oscar Nominations, set records or change the face of cinema, It's just good fun. We can vicariously live through Toms charming, cocky & confident Brian Flanaghan as he rises to the top of New York's upper east side bar scene & from then in the Jamaican paradise of Montego bay, lazily serving cocktails on the beach. And for the ladies there's plenty of romance.No major studios got behind this & it obviously didn't have a massive budget, so like a lot of movies around this time it suffers a bit with production values. There's a section where Cruise has obviously been called back for pickups to strengthen the interview montage at the start. He goes from Cocktail hair, to Rain Man hair, to Cocktail hair again. Same thing happens to Michael J. Fox in Secret Of My Success & that's one of my favourites. I find this comical more than anything else, it's just a period thing. I guess that's because I have a happy, sunny disposition, it's the glass is half full thing again isn't it.Plonk Tom in front of a camera & he'll never disappoint & Elizabeth Shue Is adorable, plus there's great work from the supporting cast. If you are one of the less judgemental & cynical among us, who liked the 80's, a simpler time before technology dictated our every move & who can handle the odd 6 out of 10 without getting their underwear in a twist & having to take half an hour out of their lives to write a scathing review, then go for it."This is the upper east side, the saloon capitol of the world, the big time. Are you ready for the big time Mr Flanagan?!"
Yeah it's tacky at times. Cruise is a slime ball and the story isn't complex. But mark my words, in a 100 years after the nuclear fallout between America and China. This film will be used as a reference of 80's America in all its glory. Awesome oversized shirts, big hair and bigger tunes. This is the 80's in its hairspray, martini sipping melodramatic glory and you'll love it.
love this movie (by kairingler)
Tom Cruise what a performance , I think he touched all four bases with this one,, however Bryan Brown steals the show for me,, add in Gina Gershon and Elisabeth Shue, what's not to like,, a college student trying to make money has trouble finding a job,, so he finds a bar to work at part-time while he goes to school,, their he meets an older gentleman who gives him a chance to be the bartender, he learns all the tricks of the trade and things seem to be looking up for our main character, he plans on marrying his sweetheart but he has trouble managing his relationship,, the bar, and going <more>
to school,, things start going a little south for our mentor as well, when he get's involved with a woman that he really shouldn't, this movie is well packed with some action,, some lighthearted moments, a lot of serious moments,, and tons of laughter,, this is one of tom cruise's better earlier efforts I felt,, what an enjoyable movie to watch,
Almost better than top gun. SPOILERS!!!! (by opisthograph)
Fairly good movie by one of the best in the bis, Tom Cruise always acts with so much passion, I am amazed that he has not won an academy award yet. Bryan Brown Doug Coughlin plays a big ass in this movie in which tom cruise Brian Flanagan becomes friends with but soon gets stabbed in the back. Flanagan then goes to jaimaca to get away from his so-called friend, there he meets a girl name Jordan Mooney Elisabeth Sue and falls in love. Doug soon comes to jaimaca and bets brian he cannot hook up with this women, so brian being the macho man that he is takes him up on the offer. He scores <more>
with her and Jordan see's him leave the bar with her. She dumps him, leaves and goes back to the states where he has to go back face her father and try to win her back and prove his true love.I give everyone complete credit for doing a super job acting, Kelly Lynch and Tina Gershon are two hotties. You really get the jamaican feel in this movie also, Les Bloom and Hilton Rosemarin done a wonderful job as the set designers, Charles Miller also done a great job at picking the locations to film. Roger Donaldson done a awesome job directing and the plot by HeywoodGould was pretty well written. Overall I give this movie a 8/10 rating.
Take A Sip of this Cocktail, You Will Enjoy It (by treeskier802)
Cocktail is an entertaining film centering around Brian Flanagan Tom Cruise who is just getting out of a stint in the military and is ambitious at becoming professionally successful. His character is soon disillusioned by community college and focuses on what he knows best -- the bar scene. As a bartender, he is following the path of his family and his new mentor/friend Doug Brian Brown .The chemistry between Cruise and Brown is an absolute joy to watch. Both decide that they will try to land a rich chick. This goal ultimately helps each character learn who they really are and also <more>
ultimately decides their fate.Elizabeth Shue is beautiful as Cruise's love interest. They meet while Cruise is bartending in Jamaica. In fact, one of my personal favorite aspects of this film is the exotic location of Jamaica. To date, it is one of only two films to have featured Jamaica's beautiful Dunn's River Falls a place I have visited and found extremely fun and beautiful .This film is a great character sketch of a young man who thinks he knows what he wants in life, but ends up finding out what he really desires by simply living. It gives the audience a great look at what working in the bar industry is like, specifically in the 1980s. It has a true 80s feel and the soundtrack is put together nicely.This is not a thinking person's film or award-winning film by any stretch of the imagination, but is highly entertaining. If you enjoy romances with strong character development and exotic filming locations, then you will enjoy this movie. If you don't like Tom Cruise or romances, then stay away. Rating 8 of 10 stars.