Cocktail

Cocktail

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Director: Roger Donaldson

Cast: Roger Donaldson, Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue

     
 

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Tom Cruise juggles Martini shakers and ice cubes as the materialistic Brian Flanagan, a bartender who drops out of school to search for the perfect "rich chick" who will bankroll him into luxury. Brian meets up with bar veteran Doug Couglin (Bryan Brown) and they put together a dance-duo bar-tending act, taking five minutes to a mix a drink as they dance and toss gin…  See more details below

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Tom Cruise juggles Martini shakers and ice cubes as the materialistic Brian Flanagan, a bartender who drops out of school to search for the perfect "rich chick" who will bankroll him into luxury. Brian meets up with bar veteran Doug Couglin (Bryan Brown) and they put together a dance-duo bar-tending act, taking five minutes to a mix a drink as they dance and toss gin bottles behind the bar to cutting-edge rock music circa 1988. The patrons, instead of demanding the booze, are dazzled by their antics and cheer them on. As a result, the bartenders become wildly popular -- in particular, Brian, who finds the bar babes falling all over each other to hop into the sack with him. As a result of their bar-tending success, they get hired to tend bar at a swanky disco, but there Brian and Doug have a falling out, and Brian takes off for Jamaica. There he meets vacationing New York City waitress Jordan Mooney (Elisabeth Shue) and the two fall in love. But then Brian meets rich New York fashion executive Bonnie (Lisa Banes) who wants to take Brian back to Manhattan with her to become her drink-mixing stud. When Jordan sees this, the love affair is put on hold. But not for long, as pangs of consciousness begin to filter through Brian's drunken haze.

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Following Top Gun and The Color of Money, Cocktail continued Tom Cruise's streak of playing hot shots who master a flashy skill, usually with the help of a seasoned mentor. Having already given fighter piloting and billiards a whirl, and with stock-car racing just down the road in Days of Thunder, here Cruise juggles Scotch bottles and shot glasses like a cocky carnival act, going from klutzy novice to revered barroom poet in the space of a few short weeks. It's at this point that he faces success, temptation, moral lassitude, tragedy, and ultimate redemption. It may be an insulting formula, but damned if a lot of young people who saw Cocktail didn't want to learn how to toss bottles like Tom. It's such a resolutely structured how-to (and often how-not-to) movie that it remains one of the best-known bartending flicks, although not the most notorious (that honor goes to the stinker Coyote Ugly). Elisabeth Shue and Bryan Brown are passable, but forgettable, as, respectively, the love interest and salty veteran du jour. Although the movie always finds its way back to New York City, the mecca for bartenders both blue collar and trendy, it smartly steps away into the Caribbean for its second act, proving the theory that lush scenery makes for better escapism. Cocktail is inferior to other Cruise vehicles of this era, but that hardly matters. Dreck though it may be, it's thoroughly watchable dreck.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/21/1994
UPC:
0012257606034
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Touchstone / Disney

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Ellen Foley Eleanor
Donna Isaacson Actor
John Lyons Actor
Dan MacDonald Priest
Robert Donley Eddie
Andrea Morse Dulcy
Chris Owens Soldier
Justin Louis Soldier
Johnny Graham Soldier
Robert Greenberg Job Interviewer
Harvey Alperin Job Interviewer
Allan Wasserman Job Interviewer
E. Hampton Beagle Job Interviewer
Parker Whitman Job Interviewer
Bill Bateman Job Interviewer
Jean Pflieger Job Interviewer
Rosalyn Marshall Job Interviewer
Jeff Silverman Job Interviewer
Rich Crater Job Interviewer
Lew Saunders Job Interviewer
Jack Newman Economics Teacher
Paul Benedict Finance Teacher
Diane Douglass Mrs. Rivkin
George Sperdakos English Teacher
David Chant Chinese Porter
Dianne Heatherington First Waitress
Arlene Mazerolle Waitress
Paul Abbott Snotty Customer
Ellen Maguire Bar Patron
Joseph Zaccone Bar Patron
Larry Block Bar Owner
Kelly Connell Yuppie Poet
Gerry Bamman Tourist
James Eckhouse Tourist
Reathel Bean Tourist
Peter Boyden Tourist
Luther Hansraj Ambulance Attendant
Leroy Gibbons Singer
Ken McGregor Sculptor
Liisa Repo-Martell Young Couple in Deli
Adam Furfaro Young Couple in Deli
Kim Nelles Female Artist
James Mainprize Butler
Gregg Baker Bouncer
Richard Livingston Job Interviewer
David Crowley Doorman

Technical Credits
Roger Donaldson Director
Les Bloom Set Decoration/Design
Mel Bourne Production Designer
Michael Cavanaugh Special Effects
Robert W. Cort Co-producer,Producer
Rob Cowan Asst. Director
Daniel Davis Art Director,Production Designer
Richard Von Ernst Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Field Co-producer,Producer
Linda Gill Makeup
Heywood Gould Screenwriter
Donna Isaacson Casting
John "JB" Bandy Consultant/advisor
Richard Lightstone Sound/Sound Designer
John Lyons Casting
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
Branko Racki Stunts
J. Peter Robinson Score Composer
Hilton Rosemarin Set Decoration/Design
Steven Saxton Associate Producer
Dean Semler Cinematographer
Rick Sharp Makeup
Michael Tadross Asst. Director
Neil Travis Editor

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