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Cocktail [VHS] [1989]


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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue, Lisa Banes, Laurence Luckinbill
  • Directors: Roger Donaldson
  • Writers: Heywood Gould
  • Producers: Daniel J. Heffner, Robert W. Cort, Ted Field
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Buena Vista
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CIK1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,696 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) is a self-assured young man trying to enter the business world in New York - but the only job he can get is tending a bar. Teaming up with older barman Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown), Brian soon becomes the hottest cocktail-mixer in town, and the pair plan to open their own chain of bars. Unfortunately, Brian soon discovers that he has responsibilities nearer home.

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First and foremost a star vehicle for Tom Cruise, this paper-thin Horatio Alger story of a young bartender with dreams of get-rich-quick success is notable only for Cruise's immense likeability in contrast to a creaky plot and thinly drawn characters. Cruise plays Brian Flanagan, a young entrepreneur and ladies' man who with his mentor (Bryan Brown) takes the New York bar scene by storm. Through setbacks and tragedy, Brian eventually realises there's more to life than a quick buck, and fights for the woman he loves (Elisabeth Shue). Despite its shortcomings, a worthwhile viewing for Tom Cruise fans. --Robert Lane, Amazon.com

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 July 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of my favourite 80`s films. It`s a bit under-rated in my opinion. It`s got plenty to keep you interested, and great performances, from the co-stars Bryan Brown and especially Elisabeth Shue, playing Cruise`s girlfriend. It`s got some fanatastic scenes where Cruise and Brown, are doing tricks with the bottles behind the bar - if you ever wanted to be a barman watch this! A good soundtrack, and definitely worth buying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stella Carrier on 14 May 2014
Format: DVD
I originally purchased the rental of “Cocktail” (starring Tom Cruise) on April 11, 2014 to complement my purchases of two other movies starring Tom Cruise (Top Gun and Jerry Maguire). Tom Cruise stars as a former military veteran named Brian Flanagan who is determined to transition into a successful and prosperous man on a professional scale. Things do not initially go as planned in his job search and educational efforts. He bounces back through trying his hand at employment in a bar after initially making an impression on Dough Coughlin (played by Bryan Brown). Flanagan and Coughlin team up together in the bar and impress some of the most influential people in New York. What sets the tone for the movie is that Flanagan is serious about eventually opening his own business and encourages Coughlin to partner up with him. Obviously, I must avoid saying more to keep in mind those who have not seen the film. However,what also shapes Flanagan’s journey is when he unexpectedly falls in love with a woman who feels the same way about him.
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Movies have a way of glamourising even the most mundane of jobs. I have a friend who's been a bartender most of his working life and I know for sure he would write this film off as total fantasy. Tom Cruise delivers a typical trademark Cruise performance that is in my humble opinion vastly overshadowed by Bryan Brown who seems more of a natural on screen to me. I've always got the feeling from Cruise that he is acting whereas Brown you can almost believe is like that in real life. I'll admit I'm not a Cruise fan and this film makes him just about bearable for me. There are some classic lines here eg Cruise: "They all Hate me", Brown: "Wait till you've given them crabs, then you'll know real hate". At some point in the Jamaica scenes there is a total waste of expensive film footage on some of the longest kissing scenes I've ever scene. I presume this was put in as Cruise was at the peak of his heartthrob days but to me it's just annoying and I end up skipping through it to get back to the story. I do like this film because, as noted by somebody else "it makes you want to be a bartender". I refer you to my first and second sentence in this review. Despite its flaws it is without a doubt a classic with some great music, and some good escapism. I give it Four stars, without Cruise it would have been Five.
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Format: DVD
Brian heads to the big apple in search of fame and fortune by pushing cocktails onto the city's rich and beautiful. Besides his wonderfully cheesy ode to the cocktail at the swanky nightclub, the best scene is when Brian and Doug artfully toss liquer bottles to the tune of Robert Palmer's classic 'Addicted to Love'. Pure unadulterated 80s pleasure! Some might object to the movie's allusions to souless lifestyles motivated by the pursuit of money and gorgeous women, and this certainly parallels similar patterns in movies such as 'Pretty Woman' and 'Born Yesterday'. This is partly symptomatic of the era in which the film is set, so rather then hissing and booing at the movie's premise it is more realistic to regard its sentiments within context. Furthermore, ultimately just like Melaine Griffith's character in 'Working Girl', Brian rejects the lifestyle ex-business partner Doug succumbs to. 'Cocktail' flirts with serious topics such as alcoholism, over indulgence and the rich/poor divide however at heart it is a feel good movie about triumph over adversity and getting the girl! Make yourself an Old Fashioned, and sit back and enjoy a young and handsome Cruise. They just don't make movies like this anymore and although it is somewhat of a guilty pleasure, it is a pleasure none the less!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on 7 Jan 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A great film a timeless classic that is still as good now as it was then when it first came out made all the better with the blu ray treatment. That said the picture could have done with a bit more tweaking but with a film this age it really don't matter. I watched it and some of the detail that shines through makes it seem like a new movie. I highly recommend this to anyone especially those of you who love a bit of nostalgia and are now In there mid 30s it'll take you right back
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LAUZON2012 on 13 Oct 2011
Format: DVD
The ultimate Tom Cruise film. This has everything you expect from a Tom Cruise film and more. A young Cruise in a familiar role as a character who struggles to acheive a dream and surpasses insurmountable odds to make it. A dramatic surprise twist at the end to a great and inspriring ending. His character in Cocktail is a great follow up to his previous success at that time in Top Gun. Although more grounded in the real world and making it on the streets, a 1988 classic. 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ryan Marcel Simon Savy on 11 Oct 2011
Format: DVD
I receive my Item and it was in perfect condition. The packing was perfect nothing to complain you really give a very good service. thank a lot
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