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R| 1 hr. 44 min.

Plot Summary
Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) wants a high-paying marketing job, but needs a business degree first. Working as a bartender to pay for college, Flanagan is mentored by his veteran boss, Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown). Together, their showy tricks and charisma command large crowds and tip payments -- until Flanagan and the cynical Coughlin have a falling out. Flanagan moves to Jamaica to raise enough money to open his own bar, where he falls in love with artist Jordan Mooney (Elisabeth Shue).

Cast: Tom Cruise , Bryan Brown , Elisabeth Shue , Lisa Banes , Laurence Luckinbill , Kelly Lynch , Gina Gershon , Ron Dean

Director: Roger Donaldson

Genres: Romance

Distributor: Touchstone Pictures

Cocktail (1988)

Release Date: July 29th, 1988|1 hr. 44 min.

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  • Cocktail is unbelievable - a picture that sets itself up as a gritty, authentic character study but is laughable, false and stupid in all its details. The only connection to reality here is that there are actually such things as bartenders. [29 Jul 1988, p.E1] show more

  • Near Cocktail's numbing end, viewers who are still awake will hear love interest Elisabeth Shue warn Cruise: "Your sexy little smile isn't going to work this time.'' Drink to that - a Bloody Mary to a bloody shame. [29 Jul 1988, p.4D] show more

  • This one could bring back Prohibition. show more

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