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Road House (1989)

A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar.

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Serene and laconic, yet powerful and lethal, Dalton is an expert in martial arts and the best professional bouncer in the business. With such a reputation, Dalton is summoned in a small town in Missouri to clean up the sleazy bar called The Double Deuce from the troublemakers who terrorize the customers, without knowing, however, that the villainous local entrepreneur, Brad Wesley, wants things to remain unchanged. As Dalton cleans up the nightclub, and with it, the town from Wesley's hired goons, a deep wound from a knife will inspire a passionate affair with local Dr. Elizabeth "Doc" Clay. Now, the corrupt Wesley has enough reasons to take Dalton out of the way, nevertheless, the bouncer has the final say. Written by Nick Riganas

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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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19 May 1989 (USA)  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$30,050,028
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Trivia

The movie's humor is somewhat intentional. Director Rowdy Herrington said he wanted to make the fights "like a Keystone Cops melee". See more »

Goofs

When Jimmy hits Bear the bouncer with a pool cue, you can clearly see that Wade Garrett is pretending to be struck when in fact, he is not. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bouncer Checking IDs: [to Frank Tilghman, as he enters the Bandstand] Go ahead, sir.
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While the end credits are rolling, the house band does one more number. See more »

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Referenced in Press Gang: She's Got It Taped (1992) See more »

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Roadhouse Blues
Written by Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, John Densmore and Ray Manzarek
Produced by Jimmy Iovine
Performed by The Jeff Healey Band
Courtesy of Arista Records
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Splendidly bad
30 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie is so ridiculous it's sublime! Ben Gazzara's portrayal of ascot-clad uber-villain Brad Wesley is...delicious! The showdown between Dalton and Wesley's top goon comes off more like rough sex between two gay ballet dancers than an epic tough-guy battle. I've never seen a fight with so many perfectly pointed toes.

Dalton's love interest (a blonde doctor with a family of five living in her giant hair) inexplicably wears a picnic-table cover throughout the entire movie.

And we have a musical cameo! Jeff Healey's every line seems to scream "fire my agent". Luckily for him he didn't have to see the movie.

And I won't ruin it, but the final line of the flick, uttered by a fat guy in a "CAT" hat, is solid gold as well. If you want a great laugh, this is solid gold! I give it a 10 on entertainment value alone.


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