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       According to a 29 Oct 2006 West Magazine article, the film was briefly re-titled The Bartender by Walt Disney Studios chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg, but reverted back to Cocktail before theatrical release.
       In preparation for his role as “Brian Flanagan,” actor Tom Cruise practiced bartending at John Clancy’s Seafood Restaurant in New York City, as stated in a 21 Oct 1987 LAHExam brief.
       Production charts in the 11 Nov 1987 DV cited the start of principal photography as 26 Oct 1987. Locations included Toronto, Canada, New York City, and Port Antonio, Jamaica. A 19 May 1988 Rolling Stone item noted that, while filming seven-day weeks in Jamaica, Cruise and his co-star Elisabeth Shue were forced to swim in extremely cold waters and Cruise became ill.
       A 20 Jul 1988 DV news item reported that composer Maurice Jarre’s score was dropped from the film after producers Robert W. Cort and Ted Field decided the music did not “fit in” with the story. J. Peter Robinson was hired to compose a new score in only three days’ time. Jarre was paid regardless, and Buena Vista Pictures lost more money re-printing one-sheets and screening passes with Robinson’s name in place of Jarre’s. According to a 28 Jul 1988 LAHExam item, Jarre had also been credited on the album’s soundtrack jacket.
       Despite overwhelmingly negative reviews, the film took in over $70 million in domestic box-office receipts, as reported in a 17 Dec 1989 NYT article. Overseas, Cocktail grossed more than $50 million as of early Mar 1989, according to ... More Less

       According to a 29 Oct 2006 West Magazine article, the film was briefly re-titled The Bartender by Walt Disney Studios chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg, but reverted back to Cocktail before theatrical release.
       In preparation for his role as “Brian Flanagan,” actor Tom Cruise practiced bartending at John Clancy’s Seafood Restaurant in New York City, as stated in a 21 Oct 1987 LAHExam brief.
       Production charts in the 11 Nov 1987 DV cited the start of principal photography as 26 Oct 1987. Locations included Toronto, Canada, New York City, and Port Antonio, Jamaica. A 19 May 1988 Rolling Stone item noted that, while filming seven-day weeks in Jamaica, Cruise and his co-star Elisabeth Shue were forced to swim in extremely cold waters and Cruise became ill.
       A 20 Jul 1988 DV news item reported that composer Maurice Jarre’s score was dropped from the film after producers Robert W. Cort and Ted Field decided the music did not “fit in” with the story. J. Peter Robinson was hired to compose a new score in only three days’ time. Jarre was paid regardless, and Buena Vista Pictures lost more money re-printing one-sheets and screening passes with Robinson’s name in place of Jarre’s. According to a 28 Jul 1988 LAHExam item, Jarre had also been credited on the album’s soundtrack jacket.
       Despite overwhelmingly negative reviews, the film took in over $70 million in domestic box-office receipts, as reported in a 17 Dec 1989 NYT article. Overseas, Cocktail grossed more than $50 million as of early Mar 1989, according to a 6 Mar 1989 DV item.
       The film’s original song, “Kokomo,” written by Scott McKenzie, Mike Love, Terry Melcher, and John Phillips, and performed by The Beach Boys, was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song – Motion Picture, and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.
       According to a 21 Feb 1992 HR brief, John Bandy, who was credited as bar advisor on the film, sued Michael Werner of Tampa, FL, alleging that Werner falsely claimed to be Tom Cruise’s bartending teacher. A 27 Feb 1992 WSJ news item noted that Werner denied teaching Cruise but acknowledged he taught Bandy bartending techniques when they worked together ten years prior in Houston, TX. The outcome of the lawsuit could not be determined as of the writing of this Note.
      End credits include a “Special Thanks” to: Air Jamaica, Jamaica Film Office, Ontario Film Development Corp., Furs by Alixandre, Monet Jewelry, Cartier, and Panetta Jewelry.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Nov 1987.
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Daily Variety
6 Mar 1989.
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Hollywood Reporter
29 Jul 1988
p. 3, 44.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Feb 1992.
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LAHExam
21 Oct 1987.
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LAHExam
28 Jul 1988.
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Los Angeles Times
29 Jul 1988
p. 14.
New York Times
29 Jul 1988
p. 6.
New York Times
17 Dec 1989
Section A, p. 1.
Rolling Stone
19 May 1988.
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Variety
27 Jul 1988
p. 16.
West Magazine
29 Oct 2006
p. 12.
WSJ
27 Feb 1992.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Touchstone Pictures presents
in association with Silver Screen Partners III
an Interscope Communications Production
a Roger Donaldson Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
Unit prod mgr, New York crew
1st asst dir, New York crew
2d asst dir, New York crew
2d 2d asst dir, New York crew
DGA trainee, New York crew
Unit prod mgr, Jamaica crew
3d asst dir, Jamaica crew
PRODUCERS
Prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Gaffer
Best boy
Key grip
Best boy grip
Still photog
Cam op, New York crew
1st asst cam, New York crew
2d asst cam, New York crew
Key grip, New York crew
Gaffer, New York crew
Best boy, New York crew
Still photog, New York crew
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed, Los Angeles
Asst ed, Los Angeles
Asst ed, Los Angeles
Asst ed, Toronto
Asst ed, Toronto
SET DECORATORS
Asst set dec
Asst set dec
Prop master
Asst prop master
Set dresser
Const coord
Scenic artist
Set dec, New York crew
Set dresser, New York crew
Set dresser, New York crew
Prop master, New York crew
Asst prop master, New York crew
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Costumer
Costumer
Asst cost des, New York crew
Ward, New York crew
Ward, New York crew
MUSIC
"Cocktail" album supv by
Mus ed
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
ADR ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Dubbing rec
Foley ed
Foley
Dolby stereo consultant
Sd mixer, New York and Jamaica
Boom, New York crew
Boom, Jamaica crew
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Title photog by
Title des
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
Makeup artist, New York crew
Hairstylist, New York crew
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Scr supv
Prod coord
Asst to Mr. Donaldson
Asst to the prods
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Casting, Toronto
Transportation coord
Prod accountant
Unit pub
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Extras casting, Toronto
Bar advisor
Loc mgr, New York crew
Prod coord, New York crew
Transportation capt, New York crew
Scr supv, New York crew
Extras casting, Jamaica crew
Prod asst, Jamaica crew
STAND INS
Stunt coord
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Cocktail by Heywood Gould (New York, 1984).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"All Shook Up," written by Elvis Presley and Otis Blackwell, performed and produced by Ry Cooder, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, by arrangement with Warner Special Products
"Tutti Frutti," written by Richard Penneman, Dorothy LaBostrie and Joe Lubin, performed by Little Richard, produced by Art Rupe, courtesy of Specialty Records, Inc.
"That Hypnotizing Boogie," written and performed by David Wilcox, produced by Sadia, courtesy of Capitol-EMI Records of Canada Limited
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SONGS
"All Shook Up," written by Elvis Presley and Otis Blackwell, performed and produced by Ry Cooder, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, by arrangement with Warner Special Products
"Tutti Frutti," written by Richard Penneman, Dorothy LaBostrie and Joe Lubin, performed by Little Richard, produced by Art Rupe, courtesy of Specialty Records, Inc.
"That Hypnotizing Boogie," written and performed by David Wilcox, produced by Sadia, courtesy of Capitol-EMI Records of Canada Limited
"Chantilly Lace," written by J.P. Richardson
"Addicted To Love," written and performed by Robert Palmer, produced by Bernard Edwards, courtesy of Island Records
"Hippy Hippy Shake," written by Chan Romero, performed by The Georgia Satellites, produced by The Georgia Satellites and Brenden O'Brien, courtesy of Elektra Records
"Powerful Stuff," written by Michael Henderson, Robert S. Field and Wally Wilson, performed by The Fabulous Thunderbirds, produced by Terry Manning, courtesy of CBS Associated Records
"Wild Again," written by John Bettis and Michael Clark, performed by Starship, produced by Phil Galdston and Starship, courtesy of RCA Records/Grunt Records
"Original Sin (Jumpin' In)," written by John Capek, Steve Kipner and Peter Beckett, performed by Think Out Loud, produced by David J. Holman, Steve Kipner and Peter Beckett, courtesy of A&M Records
"Kokomo," written by Mike Love, Terry Melcher, John Phillips and Scott MacKenzie, performed by The Beach Boys, produced by Terry Melcher
"Don't Worry, Be Happy," written and performed by Bobby McFerrin, produced by Linda Goldstein, courtesy of EMI-Manhattan Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
"This Magic Moment," written by Pomus-Shuman, performed by Leroy Gibbons, produced by King Jammy, courtesy of Jammy's Records
"Shelter Of Your Love," written, performed and produced by Jimmy Cliff, courtesy of MCA Records
"Oh, I Love You So," written, performed and produced by Preston Smith
"Since When," written by Robbie Nevil and Brack Walsh, performed by Robbie Nevil, produced by Robbie Nevil and Tom Lord Age, courtesy of EMI-Manhattan Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
"Rave On," written by Sonny West, Norman Petty and Bill Tilghman, performed and produced by John Cougar Mellencamp, courtesy of PolyGram Records
"Essential Sensual," written and performed by Wayne Roland Brown, produced by Mike Harvey, courtesy of Ten Ten Management
"When Will I Be Loved," written by Phil Everly, performed by The Everly Brothers, produced by Archie Bleyer, courtesy of Barnaby Records
"Inside Job," written, performed and produced by Michael Lanning and Rick Bell, courtesy of Sounds of Film Ltd.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Bartender
Release Date:
29 July 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 29 July 1988
Production Date:
began 26 October 1987
Copyright Claimant:
Touchstone Pictures a.a.d.o. the Walt Disney Company
Copyright Date:
1 August 1988
Copyright Number:
PA371850
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses/Prints
Lenses and Panaflex® Camera by Panavision®; Prints by Metrocolor®
Duration(in mins):
103
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29202
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After serving in the U.S. Army, Brian Flanagan visits his Uncle Pat’s bar in an outer borough of New York City. Pat offers Brian a job, but Brian plans to pursue a more prestigious line of work in Manhattan. Despite being optimistic, Brian’s job search proves fruitless due to his lack of education and experience. After numerous failed job interviews, Brian notices a “help wanted” sign in the window of a Manhattan bar and wanders inside. There, he meets Doug Coughlin, a charismatic Australian who hires Brian on the spot. At first, Brian is overwhelmed by incessant drink orders in the crowded bar, but, with Doug’s guidance, he becomes more adept. In addition to teaching bottle tricks and flashy pouring skills, Doug offers life lessons he refers to as “Coughlin’s Laws.” Brian enrolls at a city college to study business, but his late hours at the bar interfere with school, and his performance quickly declines. Becoming disillusioned with school, he spends more time drinking with Doug, who says he lives on “cocktails and dreams.” Brian decides “Cocktails & Dreams” is a good name for a bar and suggests they open their own business together. One night, while performing tricks to a rowdy group of drinkers, Brian and Doug are recruited by a nightclub owner, who offers them jobs at his nightclub, “Cell Block.” There, Brian catches the attention of Coral, a successful photographer, and they begin dating. Formulating a business plan for Cocktails & Dreams, Brian tells Doug they can save the money they need by taking lucrative bartending jobs in Jamaica; however, Doug refuses to leave New York. Doubting Coral is single, Doug bets Brian fifty dollars she ... +


After serving in the U.S. Army, Brian Flanagan visits his Uncle Pat’s bar in an outer borough of New York City. Pat offers Brian a job, but Brian plans to pursue a more prestigious line of work in Manhattan. Despite being optimistic, Brian’s job search proves fruitless due to his lack of education and experience. After numerous failed job interviews, Brian notices a “help wanted” sign in the window of a Manhattan bar and wanders inside. There, he meets Doug Coughlin, a charismatic Australian who hires Brian on the spot. At first, Brian is overwhelmed by incessant drink orders in the crowded bar, but, with Doug’s guidance, he becomes more adept. In addition to teaching bottle tricks and flashy pouring skills, Doug offers life lessons he refers to as “Coughlin’s Laws.” Brian enrolls at a city college to study business, but his late hours at the bar interfere with school, and his performance quickly declines. Becoming disillusioned with school, he spends more time drinking with Doug, who says he lives on “cocktails and dreams.” Brian decides “Cocktails & Dreams” is a good name for a bar and suggests they open their own business together. One night, while performing tricks to a rowdy group of drinkers, Brian and Doug are recruited by a nightclub owner, who offers them jobs at his nightclub, “Cell Block.” There, Brian catches the attention of Coral, a successful photographer, and they begin dating. Formulating a business plan for Cocktails & Dreams, Brian tells Doug they can save the money they need by taking lucrative bartending jobs in Jamaica; however, Doug refuses to leave New York. Doubting Coral is single, Doug bets Brian fifty dollars she will sleep with another man by the end of the week. The next time Coral comes to Cell Block, Doug kisses her at the bar while Brian watches in disgust. Although Doug claims to have saved his friend from a bad relationship, Brian punches him and storms out. Sometime later, Brian tends bar at a beachside resort in Jamaica. When Jordan Mooney, a beautiful young guest, asks for Brian’s help, he follows her to the beach where her friend, Dulcy, has passed out from drinking in the sun. Brian calls an ambulance, and Jordan later returns to the bar to thank him. At the same time, Doug appears and playfully warns Jordan to stay away from Brian. Shocked to see his old mentor, Brian is further surprised to learn he has married Kerry, a beautiful millionaire. That night, Brian and Jordan join Doug and Kerry at a nightclub. As the married couple dances, Brian tells Jordan that Kerry must have married Doug to anger her rich parents. As Jordan and Brian spend the next few days together, she reveals she is an artist who pays her bills by waiting tables, and Brian discusses his entrepreneurial desires. Soon after Brian and Jordan make love, Doug returns to the bar and teases Brian about his poor choices in women, betting Brian could never attract someone as smart and rich as Kerry. Pointing out a rich woman at the bar, Doug bets fifty dollars he cannot seduce her. Brian takes the bet and flirts with the woman, a haughty New Yorker named Bonnie. Later that night, Jordan arrives but stops short when she sees Brian leaving with Bonnie. The next day, Brian looks for Jordan, but Dulcy says she flew home early. Doug offers Brian a job at a new bar he is opening in New York, but Brian already has plans to work for Bonnie. Doug suspects Brian still has feelings for Jordan and bets an expensive bottle of brandy that he will be working for him by Saint Patrick’s Day. Returning to New York, Brian moves into Bonnie’s apartment. Although she has promised him a job, Bonnie says it may take six months. Dressed in a new suit she has purchased for him, Brian attends an art opening for Bonnie’s sculptor friend but loses his temper when Bonnie ignores him and the sculptor insults him. The men engage in a fistfight, and Brian breaks up with Bonnie. He goes to the deli where Jordan waits tables and begs her forgiveness. Although she pours food all over him, Brian comes back later that night and accompanies Jordan to her apartment. There, he admits he was “spooked” by their whirlwind romance, but Jordan bets she can spook him again and announces she is pregnant. Confirming the baby is his, Jordan sends Brian away. Returning to beg for forgiveness a second time, Brian discovers that Jordan is not home. He tracks her to her parents’ penthouse apartment on Park Avenue, discovering Jordan comes from a rich family after all. She is not home when he arrives, but Jordan’s father, Richard, introduces himself and tells Brian his daughter is not allowed to marry a bartender. Although Mr. Mooney bribes him to go away with a $10,000 check, Brian refuses the money. Appearing in the doorway, Jordan accuses Brian of being too obsessed with money to care about her and denies him a second chance. He goes to Doug’s new bar to accept the job offer that was made in Jamaica, bringing the expensive bottle of brandy Doug wagered. At the bar, Kerry greets Brian with a sensual kiss and he watches as she does the same with another man. Doug leads Brian to his boat, docked behind the bar, and reveals he lost all his money in the stock market but Kerry does not know. Guzzling the brandy, Doug passes out, and Brian agrees to drive Kerry home. There, she kisses Brian, but he rejects her advances. Returning to Doug’s boat, Brian finds Doug lying face down in a pool of blood. After Doug's funeral, Brian receives a letter Doug left behind, explaining why he killed himself and describing Brian as his only friend. Brian goes back to the Mooneys’ penthouse and forces his way inside. Declaring his love for Jordan, he asks her to marry him and announces plans to open his own bar. Mr. Mooney tries to intervene, but Jordan leaves with Brian. Soon after, they celebrate their wedding, and Brian opens Cocktails & Dreams. There, he delivers a poem addressed to his unborn child from atop the bar, and promises Jordan he will never get spooked again. Suggesting she can spook him once more, Jordan reveals she is carrying twins and Brian offers a round of drink to his patrons. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
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