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Cocktail [Blu-ray]

Tom Cruise , Elisabeth Shue    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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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

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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Simple Plot. but surprisingly good March 14 2003
    Format:DVD
    ... I thought I was in for a turkey, but found myself watching a pretty decent flick. Yeah it's poorly made and the camer crews shadows can be seen in a few frames, but it is still a pretty good movie. 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, is built on entirely on appearances and flash. 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. All in all, unless you're a die hard Tom fan, there isn't much here for you, but if you just don't have anything better to do I suppose it's okay to watch, you know on those days where there is nothing on t.v. and it's raining outside.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Cocktails Galore! June 13 2004
    Format:DVD
    Brian Flanagan(Tom Cruise) plans with his middle-aged buddy Doug(Bryan Brown) to open a cocktail bar Cocktails & Dreams. He studies bartending at a community college. The professor(Paul Benedict of TV's The Jeffersons) threatened to fail Brian after making a harsh comment. At his first bartending job,while fresh in college,Brian doesn't toss around the booze and glasses like novice bartenders do. As his skills improved,Brian had the patrons singing,"Addicted To Love",the late Robert Palmer's hit song. While on holiday in Jamaica with Doug and Doug's new bride(Kelly Lynch),Brian meets a pretty girl named Jordyne Mooney(Elisabeth Shue). Jordyne's girlfriend passed out on the beach after a champagne binge and a sunbath. Brian saved the girlfriend's life. Brian and Jordyne are romantically involved until Jordyne catches Brian with another woman,this one wealthy like Doug's new wife. Doug made a bet that Brian can't hook up with a wealthy woman. Brian accepted the bet since it was a dare. When Brian visits Jerry's Deli back in New York,where Jordyne works as a waitress,Jordyne drenches him with various entrees. Brian showed up at Jerry's to apologize to Jordyne for hurting her,but had no chance to do so. So Brian goes to Jordyne's penthouse apartment where he meets her father Richard(Laurence Luckinbill). Richard offers $10,000 to "get Brian out of Jordyne's life". Jordyne's is now pregnant with twins and Brian is the father. Brian tears up Richard's written check("This is how hung up on money I am."). Doug wound up drinking himself to death on a vessel. Brian returns to the Mooneys' apartment and proposes to Jordyne. At the newly opened Flanagan's,Brian and his new wife are toasted by Brian's uncle,who himself owns a tavern. Director Roger Donaldson subsequently directed 1990's CADILLAC MAN.
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    Format:VHS Tape
    This began as a so-so film for me, sort of light and easy to watch, until it reached the part where Tom Cruise takes up with the wealthy woman in New York and becomes a kept man. I gasped aloud in the theater, disturbing those around me. This brought back a flood of memories, let me tell you -- the way they think their wealth can dictate every facet of your life, they can tell you what to wear, they can control your entire schedule and boss you around. I fully recognized Tom's character's frustration, exhibited in a blaze of authentic kept-man acting (it was EXACTLY as I knew to behave, in those circumstances), the way he had to jump whenever she said "Froggy," and ask "How high?" while on the way up.
    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.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Cocktail: More Than the Sum of its Parts Jan. 1 2003
    Format:VHS Tape
    In most Tom Cruise movies, he is in earnest, with his Julia Roberts smile often carrying the day. It is to his early films that the viewer must turn to see him enjoying himself. In COCKTAIL, director Roger Donaldson shows a side to Cruise that seems to have disappeared shortly after the release of this movie. Cruise is a bartender who hooks up with fellow bartender Bryan Brown in what at first seems to be a buddy movie. The chemistry between the two is palpable with Brown as the sage guru of alcohol and Cruise as his quick study grasshopper. Had the movie limited itself to that level, the result almost certainly would have been more of interest with Cruise taking on the George role and Brown as Lenny from OF MICE AND MEN. Enter rich girl Elizabeth Shue as the romantic interest for Cruise. She tries mightily to generate sparks but she is overshadowed by the male bonding between Brown and Cruise.
    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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    4.0 out of 5 stars 80's love them
    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 2 months ago by Pamela Ritchie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Business Owner Tom Cruise
    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 more
    Published 3 months ago by Stella Carrier
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cocktail!
    Who doesn't love this movie? Tom Cruise does such a great job in this movie. Falls right into character. You can't help but love him and want to be served at his bar. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Brittany
    5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I ordered
    The product was exactly what I ordered, seals all intact. Very quick delivery and very reasonably priced. It was a gift and they loved it
    Published 6 months ago by Diana
    5.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining
    Good acting and an interesting story of a young man who learns what's important in life. Great soundtrack. Good mixture of comedy and drama.
    Published 16 months ago by Sandra A. Florence
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
    Great story about a flaky guy getting his crap together and realizing that there are no get rich quick schemes. Read more
    Published 19 months ago by Risé
    5.0 out of 5 stars A classic with good reason
    This movie has great acting, great music and great locations! Lessons learned the hard way will be remembered forever. A must have if you like Tom Cruise.
    Published 21 months ago by Kairn C
    5.0 out of 5 stars super!
    i received my movie very fast (within 10 days) with execellent quality. thanks again.
    J'ai reçu le film plus tot que prévue avec une excellente qualité. Read more
    Published 21 months ago by stephane
    4.0 out of 5 stars dvd purchase
    I was really happy to find this dvd I do remember seeing this movie many times years ago. The packaging was great and the delivery was quick. Really happy with my purchase.
    Published on April 14 2012 by movie.girl@live.ca
    5.0 out of 5 stars great purchase!
    My daughter bought this one and has watched numerous times already. She couldn't find this DVD anywhere but here Thanks Amazon!!!
    Published on Aug. 30 2011 by cheryl
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