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Cocktail (1988)

Tom Cruise , Bryan Brown , Dean Semler , Roger Donaldson  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue, Lisa Banes, Laurence Luckinbill
  • Directors: Dean Semler, Roger Donaldson
  • Writers: Heywood Gould
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 13, 2002
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065V3G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,273 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Tom Cruise is electrifying as Brian Flanagan, a young, confident, and ambitious bartender who, with the help of a seasoned pro (Bryan Brown -- GORILLAS IN THE MIST, F/X 2), becomes the toast of Manhattan's Upper East Side. But when he moves to Jamaica and meets an independent artist (Elisabeth Shue -- ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING, HOLLOW MAN), their vivid romance brings a new perspective to the self-centered bartender's life. Sizzling with high-powered performances and a #1 hit soundtrack, the box office blockbuster COCKTAIL has it all!

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun film July 29, 2002
By A Customer
For those people who gave this film poor ratings, I think they're missing the point. It's supposed to be a fun film over all. It's not supposed to be serious acting with a heavy plot. Sometimes it's nice to watch a film where you don't have to think... you just sit down and enjoy. I personally enjoy films that 'take me someplace,' either physically or emotionally. This one takes you on a bit of a roller coast ride with Tom Cruise's character. While on that ride, you get to travel around to hip bars and tropical islands. There are a few emotional bumps in his path, but all turns out well with a nice happy ending. No, the film is not rocket science, nor is it supposed to be. It won't win an Oscar either, but if you're looking for an enjoyable movie where you can just sit down, relax, and have a good time, this might be a good selection for you.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coming From A Batender...... June 29, 2000
By Rick
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This movie was very entertaining in all ways! I actually learned a lot from this movie as a bartender! Tom Cruise and Bryan Brown worked extremely well together. Get this movie if you want to laugh, feel sad, and then feel good again.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cocktails & Dreams December 20, 2001
The story behind this film is a real hedonistic example of what most blokes would love to do. Hardly any responsibility being a bar-tender, except to those you tend - and all the while having a great time. The plot is thin which is why it is so easy to understand and this is what makes the film - the moment you have to think about a film like this, is the moment you miss the point. The soundtrack is great, and the movie soundtrack CD is missing some of the best songs from the film too, the best one when Tom and Elizabeth get frisky under the waterfall in Jamaica (Jimmy Cliff - Shelter of Your Love). Overall, most people can relate to many aspects of this movie, and many of the situations the characters are in such as hope, love, lust, vacations to hot tropical places, and of course at the end - family.
Great film - you must see it if you haven't already!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coughlin's Law: anything else is always something better September 14, 2008
Cocktail is a good but not great movie. You might even call it a bad movie, but it is thoroughly enjoyable, kind of a Flashdance or Showgirls, but with drinks instead of dancing. It is a classic Horatio Alger tale, a rags-to-riches, work hard and you'll achieve the American Dream kind of fable. There is the obligatory scene where a teacher, bitter about failure in the real world, takes it out on his students. There is the mentor who helps him achieve the American Dream. And there is the boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl, and boy gets her back aspect. There is also the part where he makes a bargain with the devil, a rich older woman, but after being thoroughly humiliated, he tries to salvage what remains of his dignity and self respect. It has all this, plus Cruise plays a very entertaining bartender who juggles the cocktail shakers. The tag line is: When he pours, he reigns. What's not to like?

Doug: Coughlin's Law: anything else is always something better.

Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) has just gotten out of the military. His uncle Pat owns a bar, but he never ever under any circumstances, will give out drinks on the house. Though he could work there, Brian feels he was meant for better things. He goes to the big city looking for a start in some fruitful career but is turned down everywhere. Finally he stops at a bar where he meets his future mentor, Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown). Coughlin sees himself as a philosopher, citing Coughlin's Laws that he has written over the years, distilling his experiences as a bartender into a potent brew.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WAFER THIN PLOT BUT STILL ENTERTAINING! October 6, 2000
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Typical 1980's vehicle for Tom Cruise where he plays a bartender who wants to meet rich and beautiful women in this romantic, light weight drama. However despite the thin plot and lack of depth with some of its supporting actors it is entertaining stuff if you're not in the mood for anything too demanding. Plenty of beautiful, exotic location shots and engaging performances from Tom Cruise, Elizabeth Shue and Bryan Brown. Defintley worth a look!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff............. June 28, 2008
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Cocktail is an American classic!

Great movie, great cast, great performances!

Who doesn't love this movie?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cocktails and Dreams!!! August 4, 1999
By A Customer
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One of the great drinking movies of all timE! Very entertaining, great one liners that leave you thinking for weeks.... "Beer is for breakfeast round here, DRINK or be GONE!!" Gotta love the movie (for other reasons than Tom Cruise). Come on, a great time.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars With Friends like this... January 2, 2006
Cruise plays Brian Flanagan, I guess because people think he does a decent Irish accent. Nevertheless while under the drink mixing tutelage of "Obi-wan" Coughlin (Brown) he gets involved with Coral (Gina Gershon) later telling Coughlin of their bedroom exploits. To ensure that Flanagan sees the light, Coughlin sleeps with Coral to try to show Flanagan she was no good for him. Why Coral would sleep with Coughlin just because Flanagan said they were making nikki-nikki is a mystery (she's seen sleeping over at the apartment and all cuddily with Tom's character for God's sake). Anyway, what a pal, nice to see Coughlin really cares. Later, actually just a brief dissolve to ocean shores & islands, despite this friendship-ending dastardly deed Flanagan befriend's Coughlin while working in Jamaica. Now that (Brown) has found "true" happiness (Lynch), you'd think he'd want the same for (Tom), right? Wrong. Despite Flanagan's seriously developing affinity for Jordan (Shue), he dares (Tom) to bed the mature, rich and connected Bonnie (Lisa Banes). Of course, this destroys Cruise & Shue's chance for romance, despite his explanation that it's okay because "when a guy lays down a dare, you just got to." What kind of logic is that? Still later trying to make up with her, he claims he got spooked by Jordan, so which one is it? Finally, how nice for Hollywood to wrap everything up with death, attempted seduction, pregnancy, attempted bribery, and Flanagan striking out on his own in one of the riskiest businesses around a "Theme" bar. Although, cute at times, one has to wonder the next time someone dares Tom's character.
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