Review: ‘Cocktail’

Heywood Gould's script, based upon his book inspired by some years as a New York bartender, contains nary a surprise, as Tom Cruise hits Manhattan after a hitch in the army and immediately catches on as the hottest thing the uptown girls have seen in a saloon in years.

Heywood Gould’s script, based upon his book inspired by some years as a New York bartender, contains nary a surprise, as Tom Cruise hits Manhattan after a hitch in the army and immediately catches on as the hottest thing the uptown girls have seen in a saloon in years.

Under the tutelage of old pro Bryan Brown, Cruise learns every trick in the book, and the pair soon move to the club scene downtown, where Cruise becomes poetaster to the too-hip crowd in addition to taking his pick of trendy ladies.

In Jamaica, Brown goads his buddy into setting his sights on one of the many women with big bucks who patronize the resort, which gets Cruise into trouble with the girl he’s becoming sweet on (Elisabeth Shue).

Under Roger Donaldson’s impeccably slick direction, film continually plays on Cruise’s attractiveness, as women make googoo eyes at him throughout as he does his juggling act with liquor bottles, serves up drinks like a disco dancer and charms his way through every situation.

Cocktail

Production

Touchstone/Interscope. Director Roger Donaldson; Producer Ted Field, Robert W. Cort; Screenplay Heywood Gould; Camera Dean Semler; Editor Neil Travis; Music J. Peter Robinson;; Art Director Mel Bourne

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 104 MIN.

With

Tom Cruise Bryan Brown Elisabeth Shue Lisa Banes Laurence Luckinbill Kelly Lynch

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