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Writers (WGA):
David Lee Henry (story)
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Release Date:
19 May 1989 (USA) See more »
Dalton lives like a loner, fights like a professional. And loves like there's no tomorrow. See more »
A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Patrick Swayze ... Dalton

Kelly Lynch ... Doc

Sam Elliott ... Wade Garrett

Ben Gazzara ... Brad Wesley

Marshall R. Teague ... Jimmy (as Marshall Teague)

Julie Michaels ... Denise

Red West ... Red Webster
Sunshine Parker ... Emmet (as 'Sunshine' Parker)

Jeff Healey ... Cody

Kevin Tighe ... Tilghman

John Doe ... Pat McGurn

Kathleen Wilhoite ... Carrie
Travis McKenna ... Jack
Roger Hewlett ... Younger
Kurt James Stefka ... Hank

Gary Hudson ... Steve

Terry Funk ... Morgan

Michael Rider ... O'Connor

John William Young ... Tinker (as John Young)

Anthony De Longis ... Ketchum (as Anthony DeLongis)

Joe Unger ... Karpis

Tiny Ron ... Mountain
Sheila Ryan ... Judy (as Sheila Caan)
Jon Paul Jones ... Stroudenmire
Lauri Crossman ... Stella

Keith David ... Ernie Bass
Ed DeFusco ... Oscar
Joseph Rockman ... Cody's Band
Thomas Stephen ... Cody's Band
Tito Larriva ... Cruzados (as Humberto Larriva)
Tony Marsico ... Cruzados (as Anthony Marsico)
Gonzalo Quintana III ... Cruzados
Marshall Rohner ... Cruzados
John Oldach ... Bandstand Tough Guy
Joey Plewa ... Bandstand Tough Guy
Susan Lentini ... Bandstand Babe

Patricia Tallman ... Bandstand Babe

Michael J. Fisher ... Bandstand Bouncer (as Mike Fisher)
Bob Jennings ... Bandstand Bouncer (as Bob A. Jennings)
Dawn Ciccone ... Steve's Girl
Julie Royer ... Steve's Girl

Frank Noon ... Barfly
Chris Latta ... Sharing Husband (as Christopher Collins)
Cheryl Baker ... Well-Endowed Wife

Michael Wise ... Gawker
Charlie Hawke ... Heckler (as Charles Hawke)

Tom Finnegan ... Chief of Police
Christine Anderson ... Party Girl
Lisa Michelle Axelrod ... Party Girl (as Lisa Axelrod)
Debra Chase ... Party Girl
Lisa Westman ... Party Girl
Kymberly Herrin ... Party Girl
Kym Malin ... Party Girl
Heidi Paine ... Party Girl
Jacklyn Palmer ... Party Girl
Marta Rinchusiuso ... Party Girl
Meg Thayer ... Party Girl

Laura Albert ... Strip Joint Girl
Christina Veronica ... Strip Joint Girl
Jasae ... Strip Joint Girl
Michele Burger ... Strip Joint Girl
Pamela Jackson ... Strip Joint Girl
Daryl Sandy Marsh ... Strip Joint Bartender
Laura Lee Kasten ... Nurse
Bill Dunnam ... Car Salesman

Terry Nemeroff ... Loudmouth (as Terrance Scott)
Sylvia Baker ... Table Dancer
Dennis Ott ... Bar Character
Ancel Cook ... Grillman
Chino 'Fats' Williams ... Derelict
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Jeff Healey Band ... Bar band
Arthur Lamont Berger ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Brittany ... (uncredited)
Terri Lynn Doss ... Cody's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Henry Kingi ... (uncredited)
Amelia Kinkade ... Dancer (uncredited)

Aaron Michael Lacey ... Marine in Strip Joint (uncredited)
Monique Noel ... Barfly (uncredited)
Alicia Patterakis ... (uncredited)
Duff Tallahassee ... Man in Fingerless Gloves (uncredited)

Benny Urquidez ... Laughing Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Rowdy Herrington 
Writing credits
David Lee Henry (story)

David Lee Henry (screenplay) and
Hilary Henkin (screenplay)

Produced by
Tim Moore .... executive producer
Steve Perry .... executive producer
Joel Silver .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Kamen 
Cinematography by
Dean Cundey 
Film Editing by
John F. Link 
Frank J. Urioste 
Casting by
Jackie Burch 
Art Direction by
William J. Durrell Jr. 
Set Decoration by
Philip Leonard  (as Phil M. Leonard)
Costume Design by
Marilyn Vance  (as Marilyn Vance-Straker)
Makeup Department
Paul Abascal .... key hair stylist
Scott H. Eddo .... makeup department head
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charlie Picerni .... second unit director (as Charles Picerni)
Art Department
Mike Blaze .... assistant property master (as Michael Blaze)
Mike Combs .... greensman (as Michael D. Combs)
Mark Fabus .... set designer (as Mark L. Fabus)
Joseph C. Fama .... construction foreman (as Joe Fama)
Bill Fannon Jr. .... leadman
Gus Feederle .... set dresser
George Gugler .... standby painter
Don Kaeding .... set dresser (as Donald Kaeding)
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator (as Michael A. Muscarella)
Michael Papac .... assistant property master
Tommy Tomlinson .... property master
Richard N. McGuire .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Destiny Borden .... assistant sound editor
Christopher Flick .... sound editor
Bud Maffett .... sound mixer
Todd Overton .... playback operator
Norman B. Schwartz .... post-production dialogue
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Hugo Weng .... dialogue editor
David A. Whittaker .... sound editor
Rick Mitchell .... foley editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
William Aldridge .... special effects foreman
James Camomile .... special effects assistant
Al Di Sarro .... special effects coordinator
Patrick R. Gordon .... special effects transportation
Andrew Sebok .... special effects assistant (as Andrew Sebox)
Paul Stewart .... special effects assistant
Bruno Van Zeebroeck .... special effects assistant
Pete Antico .... stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunts
Michael Barnett .... stunts
Tom Bergman .... stunts
Simone Boisseree .... stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts
Bob Bralver .... stunts
Geoff Brewer .... stunts (as Geof Brewer)
Danny Castle .... stunts
Robert B. Chandler .... stunts
Gary Combs .... stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts (as Jeff Danshaw)
Gary Davis .... stunts
Leon Delaney .... stunts
David R. Ellis .... stunts (as David Ellis)
Danny Epper .... stunts
Gary Epper .... stunts
Jeannie Epper .... stunts
Tony Epper .... stunts
Donna Evans .... stunts
Donna Garrett .... stunts
Allan Graf .... stunts
Randy Hall .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunts (as James Halty)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts
Chris Howell .... stunts
Norman Howell .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (as Thomas J. Huff)
Jeff Imada .... stunts (as Jeffrey Imada)
Matt Johnston .... stunts
Henry Kingi .... stunts
Jim Kramer .... stunts (as James Kramer)
Jeff Langton .... stunts
Eric Mansker .... stunts (as Erik Mansker)
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Myke Michaels .... stunts
Bob Orrison .... stunts
Frank Orsatti .... stunts
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunts
Charlie Picerni .... stunt coordinator (as Charles Picerni)
Steve Picerni .... stunts
Rex Pierson .... stunts
Branscombe Richmond .... stunts
Mic Rodgers .... stunts
Danny Rogers .... stunts
R.A. Rondell .... stunts
Andrew Sebok .... stunts (as Andy Sebox)
Georgiana Steele .... stunt double
Ron Stein .... stunts
Michael Tamburro .... stunts (as Mike Tamburro)
R.L. Tolbert .... stunts
Benny Urquidez .... stunts
Michael S. Walter .... stunts
Ric Roman Waugh .... stunts
Ted White .... stunts
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (as Glenn Wilder)
Anthony De Longis .... stunts (uncredited)
Benny Urquidez .... fight trainer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Clyde E. Bryan .... camera assistant
Ron Cardarelli .... key grip
Steve Chandler .... set lighting technician (as Steve M. Chandler)
Brad Chelesvig .... musco light operator
Billy Clevenger .... camera assistant (as William Clevenger)
William Coss .... camera assistant (as William F. Coss)
Larry D. Davis .... camera assistant (as Larry Davis)
Anthony Di Mase .... grip (as Tony DiMase)
Marty Dobkousky .... grip
Roger Gebhard .... camera operator
Dustin A. Huber .... rigging gaffer (as Dustin Huber)
Kris Krosskove .... first assistant camera
Sid Lucero .... grip (as Sid B. Lucero)
James A. Lundin .... generator operator: Sequoia (as Jim Lundin)
Drain M. Marshall .... rigging electrician (as Drain Marshall)
Ted Marshall .... rigging electrician (as Teddy Marshall)
Thomas Marshall .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Thom H. Marshall)
John T. Martin .... grip
John Palka .... best boy grip
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Roger Spurgeon .... musco light operator
Raymond Stella .... camera operator
Edward R. Thompson Jr. .... set lighting technician (as Edward R. Thompson)
Frank Tobin .... rigging electrician
Dave Wachtman .... dolly grip (as Dave 'Too Tall' Wachtman)
Mark Walthour .... chief set lighting technician (as Mark D. Walthour)
Jolanda R. Wipfli .... camera loader (as Jolanda Renata Wipfli)
Anthony Wong .... set lighting technician
Editorial Department
Bryan H. Carroll .... assistant editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer
Edward Malone .... assistant editor
Music Department
Chris Boardman .... orchestrator
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Jim Harrison .... supervising music editor
Jimmy Iovine .... music supervisor
Booker T. Jones .... musician: organ
David Kershenbaum .... music supervisor
Russ Kunkel .... musician: drums
Other crew
Pamela Alessandrelli .... assistant to executive producer
Jack Crain .... knife design/manufacturer
Riley Kathryn Ellis .... development executive
Jack English .... location manager
William M. Fannon Jr. .... technical advisor: tai chi
Rami Rivera Frankl .... production assistant
Rosa Gonzalez .... assistant production accountant
Pauline Gross Robles .... second assistant accountant
Andrew Charles Koch .... featured dancer
Andrew Lipschultz .... unit publicist
Gregory Manson .... assistant production accountant
Paul J. Memmi .... translator
Michael Papac .... armorer
Alicia Rivera Frankl .... production accountant
Stephen Roland .... location assistant: daily crew
George Cameron Romero .... production assistant (as G. Cameron Romero)
Tamara Smith .... production associate
Michael Tamburro .... helicopter pilot (as Mike Tamburro)
Benny Urquidez .... technical advisor: martial arts
Ladd Vance .... assistant: Joel Silver (as Ladd Rosenberg-Vance)
Ellen Wolff .... assistant production coordinator
Julie Adams .... dialect coach (uncredited)
RaeAnn Emery .... stand-in: Kelly Lynch (uncredited)

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114 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:18A | Canada:R (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 (1990) (cut) | Finland:K-18 (1989) (cut) | France:U (with warning) | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2011) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:12 (TV rating) | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #29677) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

The character of Dalton was named after the town of Dalton, GA. The film's writer, David Lee Henry, was passing through and stopped at a local bar. The establishment and its patrons left an impression on him, and as a tribute to the town he named the protagonist Dalton.See more »
Revealing mistakes: At the end when Dalton jumps in the pond, there is no scar of any kind on Dalton's left shoulder. In fact, there is no evidence to suggest that was shot by Brad Wesley at all.See more »
[first lines]
Bouncer Checking IDs:[to Frank Tilghman, as he enters the Bandstand] Go ahead, sir.
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140 out of 179 people found the following review useful.
1989, the Golden Age of Cinema, 11 June 2005
Author: kidmoe from Swigmore University

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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