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.
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
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