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Road House (1989)

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A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar.

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Pat McGurn
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Carrie
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Hank
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Storyline

Dalton is the Cooler in bars; He backs up and directs the bouncers. He takes a job in a Road House that has gotten far too rough. His attempts to clean things up put him in conflict with Brad Wesley, the town bully and rich person. Things heat up. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Dalton's the best bouncer in the business. His nights are filled with fast action, hot music and beautiful women. It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it. See more »

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Action | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 May 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El duro  »

Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$30,050,028 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Rowdy Herrington, Ben Gazzara probably ate around twelve eggs while filming one scene. See more »

Goofs

When Dalton comes back to the Double Deuce and finds Wade dead on the bar. When he rolls his body over, you can see Sam Elliot's pulse in his neck. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bouncer Checking IDs: [to Frank Tilghman, as he enters the Bandstand] Go ahead, sir.
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Crazy Credits

While the end credits are rolling, the house band does one more number. See more »

Connections

Remade as Road House See more »

Soundtracks

Roadhouse Blues
Written by Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, John Densmore and Ray Manzarek
Produced by Jimmy Iovine
Performed by The Jeff Healey Band
Courtesy of Arista Records
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This place has a sign hangin' over the urinal that says, "Don't eat the big white mint".
19 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, this isn't Oscar material, it garnered six Razzie nominations instead. The acting leaves a lot to be desired, and the dialog is pure corn, but it fills the "guilty pleasure" category like a glove.

While others like Dirty Dancing, this movie will always define Patrick Swayze to me. In his memory, I will watch it over and over.

It will be the movie that reminds me of how attractive Kelly Lynch is.

It will remind me why I like Sam Elliott.

It will remind me why Ben Gazzara is perfect as Boss Hogg.

It's not art, it's pure entertainment, and why I will always remember Swayze.

Besides, it has one of the best soundtracks around.


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