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Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue, Lisa Banes View All


Roger Donaldson (Director), Heywood Gould (Screenplay) View All

Release: Jul. 29th, 1988
Runtime: 1 hour, 44 minutes
After being discharged from the Army, Brian Flanagan moves back to Queens and takes a job in a bar run by Doug Coughlin, who teaches Brian the fine art of bar-tending. Brian quickly becomes a patron favorite with his flashy drink-mixing style, and Brian adopts his mentor's cynical philosophy on life and goes for the money.
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Synopsis: Brian Flangan (Tom Cruise), an ambitious young man looks to better his position in life by entering the fast track business world, only to find out that his lack of education and experience makes a business career and impossibility....Forced to take on a job as a bartender, he meets 'Flair....
The chemistry between Cruise and Brown is surprisingly solid and their do or die friendship that is the supposed anchor this story often defies logic, but the undying loyalty that these guys have for each other is kind of ingratiating and I think if the film had focused more on this story instead of....