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Road House (1989)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  19 May 1989 (USA)
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A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar.



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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 <>

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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 »


Action | Thriller


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Release Date:

19 May 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El duro  »

Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)


$30,050,028 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was not the first American movie with this title as an unrelated 1948 movie called Road House (1948) had been made and released by Hollywood around forty-one years earlier. See more »


When Dalton goes to the hospital to get staples from Doc,he raises his left arm and you can see nothing on his bicep. Later on you see bloody small cuts then they form into scars. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Family Guy: Business Guy (2009) See more »


Right from the Start
Written by Billy Herzig and Randy Watkins
Performed by Earl Thomas Conley
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Example of great B-movie action
31 October 2001 | by (Honolulu,Hawaii) – See all my reviews

A good example of how a great B-movie should be made.It entertains and gives the fans of it's genre straight up satisfaction without expecting the audience to take the whole story too seriously.Much like reading a good comic book.Here we have a good action comedy/drama with good action choreography and a simple plot of good versus evil and why each side does what it does.The acting is adequate and the cast chosen here was also good.The production values were all average but still,the overall flow of the movie just delivers for all those fans who understand B-action movies.This is the Swayze and Elliot I love.......

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