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Road House (1989)

 -  Action | Thriller  -  19 May 1989 (USA)
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A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar.

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Jimmy (as Marshall Teague)
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Denise
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Emmet (as 'Sunshine' Parker)
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Tilghman
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Pat McGurn
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Carrie
Travis McKenna ...
Jack
Roger Hewlett ...
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Kurt James Stefka ...
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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bouncer | bar | violence | doctor | love | See more »

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The dancing's over. Now it gets dirty. See more »

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Action | Thriller

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Release Date:

19 May 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El duro  »

Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$30,050,028 (USA)
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Trivia

Both stars of the movie, Patrick Swayze and Ben Gazzara, subsequently died of pancreatic cancer - Swayze in 2009 and Gazzara in 2012. See more »

Goofs

In the scene after Jimmy hits the portly Double Deuce 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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Rad Gumbo
Written by Bill Payne, Paul Barrere, Martin Kibbee, Sam Clayton and Kenny Gradney
Produced by George Massenburg and Bill Payne
Performed by Little Feat
Courtesy of Warner Bros. 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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