Roger Donaldson (1988)

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Our Score
Having turned fighter pilots and pool players into sex objects in Top Gun and The Color of Money, Tom Cruise attempted to do the same service for, er, bartenders in this romantic drama. You'd better believe it. Cruise learns all about the meaning of life by mixing drinks, with instruction from Bryan Brown's veteran barman. Admittedly, Cruise's technique is pretty impressive; he juggles with bottles, jiggles his behind and makes his female customers drunk with desire. But then along comes Elisabeth Shue, who makes him reassess his lifestyle. Cue lots of serious dialogue. Perhaps the best one can say for this bland concoction mixed by agents and the studio executives is that every bartender in Hollywood wants to be Tom Cruise and that suffices as an ironic subtext. Fans of Paul Verhoeven's pitiful Showgirls might like to check out Gina Gershon with her clothes on.


An ambitious bartender and his mentor become the talk of New York before their differences drive them apart. Relocating in Jamaica, the barman is torn between the waitress he loves and a wealthy older woman who can make his dreams of running his own establishment come true. Drama, starring Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue and Lisa Banes.

Cast & Crew

Brian Flanagan Tom Cruise
Doug Coughlin Bryan Brown
Jordan Mooney Elisabeth Shue
Bonnie Lisa Banes
Mr Mooney Laurence Luckinbill
Kerry Coughlin Kelly Lynch
Coral Gina Gershon
Uncle Pat Ron Dean
Eddie Robert Donley
Eleanor Ellen Foley
Dulcy Andrea Morse
Director Roger Donaldson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Calmore Distributors LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity. Available on: video and DVD