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Cast

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Jimmy (as Marshall Teague)
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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 lives like a loner, fights like a professional. And loves like there's no tomorrow. See more »

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Action | Thriller

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Release Date:

19 May 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El duro  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$30,050,028 (USA)
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Trivia

Patrick Swayze once commented that during production he was not sure he would live through the making of this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Wade Garrett rides up to the Double Deuce on his motorcycle, he isn't wearing a helmet. Missouri law requires all motorcyclists to wear helmets. 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

Referenced in The Big Box: The Body Shop (2010) See more »

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Travelin' Band
Written by John Fogerty (as J.C. Fogerty)
Produced by Jimmy Iovine
Performed by The Jeff Healey Band
Courtesy of Arista Records
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Hilarious accidentally
8 July 2004 | by (Jamwelkowski, IL) – See all my reviews

God, what a great film. Maybe one of the funniest films. The movie tries way too hard to be a "guy" flick and it boarders as being homoerotic. Seeing Swayze almost nude doing karate as an old Uncle Jesse looking guy watches him is just creepy. Swayze is Dalton, a guy who thinks pain doesn't hurt, a guy who can rip your throat out with his bare hands, a guy who can kick your ass and then take home Kelly Lynch and bang her the same night. Dalton is trying to clean up the Double Duce, a rough bar where the patrons aren't very friendly. The dialog is brilliant! We get lines like, "I f--- guys like you in prison!" "The Double Douche?" "Come on, chicken dick!" "You're too stupid to have a good time." "God, I love the way Don Knots makes love." The movie has tons of violence, a bar fight every 15 min. or so. Boobs flop around alot too and for the women and Shawn, Swayze shows his buns. Ben Gazzara as the bad guy chews his scenery like Adam with wings. It's a very fun film and if you don't take it too seriously, you'll enjoy it. If you liked Sense and Sensibility, you'll enjoy Road House!


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