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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy (as Marshall Teague)
Sunshine Parker ...
Emmet (as 'Sunshine' Parker)
Pat McGurn
Travis McKenna ...
Kurt James Stefka ...


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 lives like a loner, fights like a professional. And loves like there's no tomorrow. 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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Dalton was named after the town of Dalton, GA. The film's writer, David Lee Henry, was passing through and stopped at a local bar. The establishment and its patrons left an impression on him, and as a tribute to the town he named the protagonist Dalton. See more »


Denise's hair style when she hits on Dalton to when she is forced outside the Double Deuce by Jimmy. 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 Squidbillies: Swayze Crazy (2006) See more »


Don't Throw Stones
Written by Tito Larriva
Produced by Waddy Wachtel
Performed by Cruzados
Courtesy of Arista 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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