Run time: 104 mins
In Theaters: Friday 29th July 1988
Box Office Worldwide: $171.5M
Distributed by: Touchstone Pictures
Production compaines: Touchstone Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 5%
Fresh: 2 Rotten: 38
IMDB: 5.7 / 10
Director: Roger Donaldson
Producer: Robert W. Cort, Ted Field
Screenwriter: Heywood Gould
The story of an ex-G.I. (Cruise) who can't get a job in the Manhattan business world and turns to bartending to make his fortune is as a bartender, pouring with style, jumping on the counter, and spouting poetry. The love story with rich girl Elisabeth Shue is hilarious -- but watch for Kelly Lynch and Gina Gershon, both unknown at the time, in small tryst roles.
Overall, it's ridiculous (not to mention Cruises' hairdo), but Cocktail is a real classic of the late-80s self-help moviemaking genre.