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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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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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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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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?


Ben Gazzara said that of all the movies he's ever made, this is the is the one he saw most often on TV. See more »


Early in the movie, Dalton's Mercedes is shown with flush headlights and cleaning wipers. When he's working out in the barn, it's shown as an older US model with recessed sealed-beam headlights and no wipers. 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 »


Don't Throw Stones
Written by Tito Larriva
Produced by Waddy Wachtel
Performed by Cruzados
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Perhaps the best camp classic ever!
26 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Released last month as a Deluxe Edition DVD, ROAD HOUSE is a film that is almost impossible to ignore. Whether considered good or bad, it is one of the few pictures that is easy to watch all the way through by almost any one who comes across it. It is a rare gem. The phrase "it's so bad that it's good" doesn't apply to ROAD HOUSE. It isn't so bad it's good, it's so bad it's great. It is the very definition of a guy movie. It contains brutal and bloody fist fights, frequent nudity, a rock n' roll sound track, some of the best cheesy dialogue ever written, fancy cars, gun-play, knives being thrown, and explosions. As a movie for guys, it's a 10, as a movie to be taken seriously, it's a 5. Every attempt at drama flounders, though it never completely ruins what is going on.

Although considered a box office failure when released in 1989, ROAD HOUSE quickly became a cult hit once it reached video. Finally giving in to the cult mania, MGM's new DVD version of ROAD HOUSE contains two commentaries: one from director Rowdy Herrington and one by filmmakers Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier who were called in to do the track after talking ROAD HOUSE on the tenth-anniversary DVD of CLERKS. Both commentaries are fun to listen to. Herrington's commentary is for those who want to know more about the flick and the Smith/Mosier commentary is for those that want a nice laugh at the expense of this cinematic marvel. Also included on the DVD is a look-back documentary and a short featurette on the direct-to-video sequel.

As an actual film: 5/10 As a campy guy film: 10/10

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