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Cocktail - Great Friggin' Bartender
There are slip-ups in this flick that any semi-sober bartender or patron would notice.
1) Every drink Tom Cruise pours has Bacardi Rum and Seagram's Whiskey in it (not sure if its VO or 7). When's the last time anybody drank any type of concoction like this?!!
2) I'm not positive which part it is, but it's in the Friday's they are bartending at(pretty sure it's during the Hippy Shake) Anyway, Tom Cruise throws a completely "full" shaker in the air, without spilling a drop. No cover, no nothing. Explain that one to me.
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PeteyPauls on 05-14-2001
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Bluebrit writes:
I love this movie and although I'm not a bartender, I watched it the other night with someone who is!! First of all, he never once saw the strange concoction of drinks you mentioned. The only drink I saw mixed was a liquor and orange juice. Also, concerning them throwing a shaker to each other, anyone could see it was screwed on. I mean, you actually see Tom screw it into place and my bartender friend who works at the Four Seasons in Boston assures me that there is such a thing as a screw on shaker now.
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Jate the Great writes:
LL, are you kidding me? If the red and white striped shirts (waitresses) and table tops don't give it away, and the fact that Doug mentions Friday's isn't helping either, then I strongly suggest that on your next date, you go to Friday's then go home and watch Cocktails. Keep an eye open for the similarities. Best of luck to ya!
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skip writes:
I work for TGI Friday's. Flipping bottles and flying glassware are part of the business. It IS in fact, possible to repeatedly flip bottles with open pour-spouts and not spill a drop. Every year, TGIF holds a bar tending championship which covers from local and regional levels all the way up to a world championship--It is TRULY an amazing event, and you must try to catch it sometime. In the "flair competition" (this is the hands-on part) bottles are juggled, flipped, flung, and kicked with very little spill-age. (which would result in points deductions) As far as a shaker being flipped-- I watched from ten feet away as a competitor flung a FULL, UN-CAPPED 14oz Collins glass (containing an Electric Lemonade) over his shoulder and caught the glass behind his back without spilling a drop! Yes, it can be done. The "Friday's scene" is in fact in a TGI Friday's. Most everything is there, Striped tables, antiques and knick-knacks adorning the walls. The Uniforming is mostly there, however, the waitresses are missing the Pins, Hats and suspenders. I we want to be picky, servers at Friday's are not allowed to have more than the top button of the shirt unbuttoned, and the waitresses in Cocktail are showing a little more skin than that. Friday's would never hire a walk-in off of the street with no experience as a bartender. Bartenders at Friday's are promoted from within the company from servers. The training program for servers alone is over a week long with a three hundred point test on the food and a liquor test to match. The 'Bar-Exam' is much more stringent, he never would have been behind the bar on his first night. For what it's worth, my General Manager said that the story for Cocktail was based on the story of a TGI Friday's bartender. P.S.- I love my job!
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LLij-aise writes:
I don't know which version of Cocktail you've seen, but none of the characters in the whole movie ever work in a Friday's. As for the the fact that they're tossing around bottles w/o spilling isn't necessarily a slip-up. It is merely an effect to make the movie more entertaining/exciting. The fact that they can do all those cool tricks is the main idea of the movie. Think about it, how exciting would a movie about a bartender be if he just poured drinks into a glass like a regular person? Pretty darn boring if you ask me. By tossing the bottles around w/o special lids makes for a much neater movie. I saw/read a Tom Cruise interview shortly after this movie was made and he said that most of the bottles had "hidden" stoppers in them to prevent spilling, but he did need to practice to learn how to do a lot of the tricks. So, I don't know that I would say that the bottles not spilling liquid is a slip up. Just one of those not true to life movie tricks that movie producers use to enhance the story line. Don't you agree?
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