Cocktail

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If a visitor from Mars needed a crash course in sexism, this would serve. Freshly demobbed, Brian Flanagan (Cruise) takes a Greyhound to NYC, hell-bent on self-improvement. He enlists in business school, but soon concludes that 'notta goddam thing those professors say makes any difference on the streets'. Brian opts instead to imbibe wisdom (and vast quantities of alcohol) at the feet of grizzled bartender Doug (Brown), a would-be guru of the in vino veritas school. Soon Bri is the most dazzling barman on the Upper East Side, and finds that women fall for his bottle-juggling technique and 'killer' smile (permanent rictus is nearer the mark). When he finds his true love (Shue) - no make-up, a 'good' girl - she immediately becomes dependent, cries a lot, and becomes pregnant. Conveniently she's also massively rich. The inevitable occurs, and a long happy future of monogamy, money-making and self-righteousness is in the offing. A tale of cock, signifying nothing.

Release details

Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Roger Donaldson
Screenwriter: Heywood Gould
Cast: Tom Cruise
Bryan Brown
Elisabeth Shue
Lisa Banes
Laurence Luckinbill
Kelly Lynch
Gina Gershon

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5 / 5

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Larry

Along with Top Gun, Wall Street, Breakfast Club and various others, this was one of the films that helped to define the young 80's generation in search of identity, love, wealth and happiness. Totally implausible? Yes! and probably sexist too! But you've gotta love the energy that Cruz puts into the film! The box office success speaks for itself!

Larry

Along with Top Gun, Wall Street, Breakfast Club and various others, this was one of the films that helped to define the young 80's generation in search of identity, love, wealth and happiness. Totally implausible? Yes! and probably sexist too! But you've gotta love the energy that Cruz puts into the film! The box office success speaks for itself!