Overall Rank: 11245
Average Rating: 2.3/4
# of Ratings: 110
Theatrical Release Date: 07/29/1988
Genre: Comedy, Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Roger Donaldson
Actors: Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue, Kelly Lynch, Gina Gershon, Lisa Banes
Plot: Brian Flanagan (Cruise), a good looking, hardworking young man takes up bartending when he realizes he can't make it in the business world without a college degree. Brian teams up with veteran bartender Douglas Coughlin (Brian Brown) and they quickly become the most popular bartenders in the city.
Trying to raise money to open their own place, they spend the summer bartending in Jamaica where Cruise meets and falls in love with Jordan (Shue). But he quickly messes it up by cheating on her in order to win a bet. -- serioussir
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Matthew Brady - wrote on 01/27/2016
While watching the movie I got thirsty myself and I wouldn't mind to have those drinks.
Chris Kavan - wrote on 01/09/2012
Just like Top Gun, this is quintessential Tom Cruise film. Even if you don't like the guy, you have to admit, he's just perfect for this role. When roles work, they work - and this is one time when the actor perfectly fits the role. The rest of the cast works as well - especially a young Elisabeth Shue.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 08/09/2011
Despite a likable cast and some solid laughs, I found myself drifting halfway through the film. The dramatic moments of the film feel a little forced and the film sort of glosses over anything of real depth with 'Movie of the Week" aplomb.
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cinegeek.de - wrote on 04/11/2016
Cocktail erzählt die Geschichte zweier Bartender in verschiedenen Betten. Bemerkenswert ist dabei, wie wenig der Film über Bars weiss. Am Anfang gibt es eine Szene, in der die Beiden sich die Flaschen hin und her werfen, Eiswürfel quer über die Bar zielen und das alles choreographiert zu Rockn Roll. Es dauert auf diese Weise etwa fünf Minuten, um einen Cocktail herzustellen. Am Ende gibts auch noch Applaus des massenhaft auf einen Drink wartenden Publikums. In Wahrheit würden die Gäste nicht applaudieren, sondern die Beiden beschimpfen. Wir müssen also eine gewisse Verlogenheit in Kauf nehmen und akzeptieren, dass in diesem Film Bartending eben so viel bedeutet wie "Musik-Video". Tom Cruise ist der junge Barkeeper, der Millionär werden will. Bryan Brown der ältere, der mit …
TheWolf - wrote on 08/06/2007
Tom Cruise before he went out of his gord crazy. This is one of the few Tom Cruise movies that I still respect and enjoy. 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 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 …
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