Director: Roger Donaldson
Writter: Heywood Gould (screenplay)
Tom Plays: Brian Flanagan
Status: Available on DVD and Soundtrack


After leaving the army, Brian Flanagan trys to get a job in New York. But without a degree, this was not possible. He then decides to start studying for a business degree and gets a part time job as a bartender. He realises its not that easy, but when boss Douglas Koglan teaches him the secrets of the trade they become the most famous bar-men in town. Brian wants his own top class cocktail bar and to get the necessary money travels to Jamaica where work is easier, and pay is good. There he meets Jordan, a young and pretty American artist, and they fall in love. But when he starts an affair with an older and rich woman Jordan leaves… Will she forgive him??


Continuity: The length of Brian’s hair changes frequently.

Continuity: When Brian Flanagan takes a picture of Doug Coughlin on his yacht, he is sitting with his legs crossed, later he puts one foot up on the couch. When Brian looks at the picture later, Doug’s foot is up on the couch in the picture.

Continuity: When Brian and Bonnie arrive at the exhibition, the movie showing in the cinema is Casablanca (1942), when Brian leaves, it’s Barfly (1987).

Continuity: The amount of beer in Brian’s glass

Continuity: Coughlin is saying, “There are two kinds of people in this world” and Flanigan is setting his drink down on the bar. In the very next shot, when he continues, “the workers and the hustlers”, Flanigan is holding the drink as if he never set it down.

Continuity: At the beginning of the film Brian boards the greyhound bus carrying his large army kit-bag. On arrival in New York it has moved to the luggage compartment under the bus.


Brian: Days get shorter and shorter, nights longer and longer, before you know it, you life is just one long night with a few comatose daylight hours.

Bonnie: Don’t let it end this way.
Brian: All things end badly, or else they wouldn’t end.

Brian: Coughlin’s law: never show surprise, never lose your cool.

Brian: You’re offering me a job?
Doug: Uh huh.
Brian: The waitresses hate me!
Doug: You wait till you’ve given them crabs. Then you’ll really know hatred.

[Last Barman poem] Brian: I am the last
barman poet / I see America drinking the fabulous cocktails I make / Americans
getting stinky on something I stir or shake / The sex on the beach / The
schnapps made from peach / The velvet hammer / The alabama slammer. / I make
things with juice and froth / The pink squirrel / The 3-toed sloth. / I make
drinks so sweat and snazzy / The iced tea / The kamakazi / The orgasm / The
death spasm / The Singapore sling / The dingaling. / America you’ve just been
devoted to every flavor I got / But if you want to got loaded / Why don’t you
just order a shot? / Bar is open.


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