Two bartenders at a busy Manhattan watering hole dream of someday owning their own bars. Their present lives consist of elaborate drink-mixing performances and sleeping with many of the female customers, until a fight over a woman causes the younger bartender to flee to Jamaica.
In Jamaica he finds true love with a vacationing waitress, but blows it when his materialist instincts get the better of him and he takes up with a wealthy, older, New York fashion designer. She brings him back to the city, where he lives as a kept man for a time, but realizing that love will make him happier than money, he seeks out the waitress, and tries to win her back.
Bryan Brown - Actor, THE THORN BIRDS
Tom Cruise - American Actor, RISKY BUSINESS, EYES WIDE SHUT
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV - American Actor, RISKY BUSINESS, EYES WIDE SHUT
Lisa Banes - American Actress
Roger Donaldson - Director/Screenwriter/Prod.
Gina Gershon - American Supporting Actress
Elisabeth Shue - American Actress, LEAVING LAS VEGAS (1995)
Shot on location in New York City, New Jersey, Toronto, and Port Antonia, Jamaica, in Metrocolor. Film had an estimated budget of $17 million. Tom Cruise studied the flashy bartender moves he used in the film from several employees of T.G.I. Friday restaurants. He was subsequently called to give a sworn statement (in June of 1994) in a sexual-harassment case against two of the chain's managers.
"...COCKTAIL's a cinematic ice-cream cone: sweet and sticky but vaguely cool..." - 07/01/2000 Total Film, p.104