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Academy Award(R)-nominated superstar Tom Cruise (Best Actor, 1996, JERRY MAGUIRE) lights up the screen as Brian Flanagan, a young and ambitious bartender who becomes the toast of Manhattan's Upper East Side. Raise a glass to COCKTAIL -- now on Blu-ray for the first time ever with an astonishing new digital transfer. When Brian moves to Jamaica and meets an independent artist, their passionate romance brings a new perspective to his flashy, self-centered lifestyle. Academy Award(R)-nominated Elisabeth Shue (Best Actress, 1995, LEAVING LAS VEGAS) and Bryan Brown (GORILLAS IN THE MIST) join Cruise in this exciting drama, sizzling with high-powered performances and a sensational soundtrack. COCKTAIL is the perfect mix on Blu-ray!
This 1988 effort at creating a milestone coming-of-age story with the impact of The Graduate is commendable, but the results are mostly shaky and garish. Tom Cruise plays an ambitious young man who arrives in New York City and becomes known as a flashy bartender in a hot club. After falling for Elisabeth Shue's girl-next-door character, however, his desire for success causes him to travel down a more selfish path with an older woman. The film, directed by Roger Donaldson (Bounty), is built on entirely on appearances (Cruise's star charisma) and flash (the way Cruise and his character's bartending mentor, played by Bryan Brown, toss bottles of booze around). The more interesting and underlying themes, however, particularly the hero's obvious Oedipal dilemmas, are lost beneath this window dressing, as if everyone involved was afraid to commit to the story's intrinsic value. Cruise fans might want to take a look at this, but otherwise there isn't much to recommend it. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Tom's Brian Flanagan even managed the classic "gigolo face," that cocky spoiled-brat mask I remember so well in the mirror every morning, undercut by the knowledge that you're really little more than a temporary employee to a rich woman who will on a whim discard you like a band-aid removed from a festering armpit boil. Cruise's Brian coped well with the situation, until at last he was able to break away from the rich woman and pursue Elizabeth Shue again -- but the sad reality is, so many of us trapped in gigolo quicksand simply cannot extract ourselves that easily (and I suppose that's why we have Hollywood movies, for the escapism). I was very, very glad to see at least one man, though he be the fictional Brian, wrench himself out of the Kept Man status and resume a somewhat normal life with another rich girl. Speaking for all of my brothers in gigolo recovery, I praise this film for showing us that it just might be possible to break out of the luxurious, plush, golden-barred cages in which we stew not as men, but as kept men. Thank you Brian Flanagan, oh thank you.
What makes this movie sizzle is not the plot, in whose predictability one has seen dozens of times before, but in the dazzling melding of song and surprisingly competent acting by all concerned, especially by Bryan Brown, who shows one happy side to the world but does not permit anyone to see the darker layer underneath. In a film that is clearly designed to appeal more to a music hungry audience than to a critic who seeks traditional ways to judge a movie, COCKTAIL stands as a vastly entertaining movie that, if you delve beneath the color and noise of a throbbing musical score, you will also see a film that has a few enduring comments about the need of one man to find respect from his peers even if it means that this education comes at at high price.
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It is a Christmas Present. But it came quickly which was very nice.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of the most underappreciated filns from Tom Cruise. It is amazing and a great film.
any movie with Tom Cruise is gonna be good, loved this story about losing sight of what really is important and then trying to make it work!!Published 20 months ago by Pamela Ritchie
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... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Stella Carrier