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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 »


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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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It was announced in September 2015 that the movie is being remade, starring 'Rhonda Rousey'. See more »


During the dance scene with Denise in the Double Deuce (following the fire at Red's Auto Parts store); Jeff Healey brushes off Denise's hand but the music, specifically the guitar, keeps playing. 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 »


One Foot on the Gravel
Written by Jeff Healey, Thomas Stephen (as Tom Stephan) and Joseph Rockman
Produced by Jimmy Iovine
Performed by The Jeff Healey Band
Courtesy of Arista Records
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1989, the Golden Age of Cinema
11 June 2005 | by (Swigmore University) – See all my reviews

The year 1989 is considered by most movie critics to be the last Golden Age of Cinema. That legendary year saw the theatrical release of three of Hollywoods most beloved films-the Hulk Hogan opus No Holds Barred, the Sylvester Stallone masterpiece Over the Top(OK, I guess that came out in 1987,but it has a totally 1989 vibe) and our current topic of discussion, Road House.

Master auteur Rowdy Herrington has taken the archetypes from ancient mythology (the hero fated to undertake an impossible task, the wise elder who guides the hero, and the villain who the hero must confront)and crafted a tale as powerful and everlasting as any of the classical myths.

Dalton, the worlds greatest (or second greatest, depending on who you ask) cooler is given the Herculean task of cleaning up the Double Deuce, a honky tonk bar so vile they sweep up eyeballs with disturbing regularity. Armed with incredible tai chi skills, Dalton completes his task, but runs afoul of Brad Wesley, the evilest man in Jasper, Mo.

Dalton soon realizes even his tai chi skills won't be enough to defeat the ascot sporting Wesley, or his army of monster truck driving, booze bottle smashing henchmen, so Dalton is forced to call in his mentor Wade Garrett (the world's greatest, or second greatest cooler, depending on who you ask)to help him defeat the forces of evil.

Will Dalton and Wade prevail? Will Brad Wesley continue to finance his evil empire by shaking down the three businessmen that operate in Jasper? All I can tell you is this--Don't be too stupid to have a good time. Put on your right boot, hop into your monster truck and head on down to the video store and make Road House your regular Saturday night thing.

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