Cruise stars as a flamboyant, upwardly mobile bartender in this glossy, cliched film that, inexplicably, was one of the biggest hits of 1988. Discharged from the Army, Cruise returns to his Queens home, but his sights are set on Manhattan, where he plans to make his fortune. Failing to
land a fast-track job, he enrolls in some college business courses and begins tending bar at an upscale watering hole. There, veteran Aussie barkeep Brown makes Cruise his protege--not only teaching him to mix drinks like a juggler and negotiate the bar like John Travolta but also imparting his
cynical philosophy of life, which includes the ambition to marry a rich woman and thereby ...