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"Tom At His Heigth Of Superstardom",
This review is from: Cocktail (DVD)
Before Tom Cruise was known as a crazed, jumping individual (anyone remember his appearance on "Oprah"?) and after his breakthrough performance in 1986's "Top Gun" Tom appeared in a line of successful Hollywood films making him the biggest box office attraction of his generation. "Cocktail" is one of the films that solidified Cruise as the most popular male star of the late eighties and early nineties.
I hadn't watched "Cocktail" in over ten years, but recently purchased the film on DVD. I completely forgot how dated the movie is; everything from the big, curly female hairdos to the tacky eighties music score and songs epitomozes how much the film was of its era. Still, if you can get past those minor issues the film is quite good. Tom gives a convincing performance as a young man who comes to New York City with dreams of becoming successful in the business world. After failing miserably in college (while bartending) Brian Flannigan (Cruise's character) decides to go to Jamaica with his best friend, make some quick cash, and open his own bar in the Big Apple. There's a nice love story here and Tom has never looked better, especially in the Jamaican scenes with his amazing tan.
The film grossed an amazing $80,000,000 on a $6,000,000 budget and is now known for some of the songs used in the film, tracks performed by the Beach Boys and Bobby McFarrin.
In recent years Touchstone Pictures has released "Cocktail" in a two DVD set with Tom's "The Color of Money" film from 1986, a picture he starred in with Paul Newman.