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Writers (WGA):
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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
Louise Alvarez ... Dancer (uncredited)
Arthur Lamont Berger ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Brittany ... (uncredited)
Terri Lynn Doss ... Cody's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Henry Kingi ... (uncredited)
Amelia Kinkade ... Dancer (uncredited)
Laurette Kite ... Pretty girl (uncredited)

Aaron Michael Lacey ... Marine in Strip Joint (uncredited)
James McIntire ... Bartender (Leaded or Unleaded) (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
R. Lance Hill (story) (as David Lee Henry)

R. Lance Hill (screenplay) (as David Lee Henry) 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
Mark Hudson .... paint supervisor
Don Kaeding .... set dresser (as Donald Kaeding)
Robert S. McDonald .... propmaker foreman
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator (as Michael A. Muscarella)
Michael Papac .... assistant property master
Ralph Peterson .... carpenter
Tommy Tomlinson .... property master
Jaymes Hinkle .... assistant art director (uncredited)
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 Sinclair Walter .... stunts (as Michael S. Walter)
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
Chris Lamie .... colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Jack English .... location manager
Stephen Roland .... location assistant: daily crew
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
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
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:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ | Canada:18A | Canada:R (Ontario) | Finland:K-18 (2001 reform) (unrated) (uncut) | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) (uncut) | Finland:K-18 (theatrical rating) (cut) | Finland:K-16 (1990) (video rating) (cut) | France:Tous publics (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)

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In "Family Guy: Brian's Got a Brand New Bag (#8.4)" (2009), Peter Griffin buys the "Road House" DVD at a going-out-of-business sale at Quahog Video. After watching the film, Peter begins to believe that all of life's problems can be solved by kicking. After kicking his target, he would say the film's name as a catchphrase of sorts. The episode was dedicated to Patrick Swayze, who had died of pancreatic cancer several weeks before the episode aired.See more »
Continuity: When Dalton goes to the hospital to get staples from Doc,he raises his left arm and you can see nothing on his bicep. Later on you see bloody small cuts then they form into scars.See more »
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170 out of 198 people found the following review useful.
And just think: Morgan Freeman and Miss Daisy drove away with the Oscar that year!, 14 November 2004
Author: TOMASBBloodhound from Omaha, NE USA

What brilliant trash this film is! It works absolutely every time! For all I know it was filmed either at Uncle Ron's or El Matador here in town!

Road House is the story of a bouncer hired to clean up a rough bar in a tiny town. He isn't just your ordinary illiterate muscle head, though. It's Patrick Swayze. He's got a degree in philosophy from NYU! He owns a Mercedes! Why, he's the best damn cooler in the business! And it's a good thing he is. This fictional town of Jasper, MO is dominated by a slimy Boss-Hogg type played by Ben Gazzara. He and his thugs skim money from every business in town, and the last thing they want is some stranger waltzing on to the scene to break up their control of the action.

Enough plot, though. Let's focus on the highlights.

This film has a script that should be bronzed or put on display at the Smithsonian. We get monumental lines such as:

"It's good to see you!" spoken by a blind man when he first greets Swayze.

"What do you take me for?" a bimbo asks another bar patron in an early scene. the reply- "About a hundred dollars!"

And this film also contains the greatest line ever spoken in the history of cinema. Decorum prohibits me from stating it verbatim, but you'll probably know it when you hear it. It's spoken by pro wrestler Terry Funk who plays the bouncer Swayze replaces. The line focuses on the supposed size of Swayze's package, and the size vehicle his seed could fill.

The film is filled with bar fights that eventually turn into shootouts, hot women, fast cars, monster trucks, explosions, you name it. Anything for guys who like movies is in abundance. The whole thing plays out like a typical night on the town for us yokels here in the red states.

The film comes in surprisingly long at 114 minutes, but don't worry. This is the type of film you can basically stop at any place, then push play when you and your friends get back from the bars. "It will be like you never left," as Christopher Lloyd tells Michael J. Fox at one point in Back to the Future.

The film has more than its share of logical lapses. As Roger Ebert points out in his review, there is no way anyone could get as rich as Wesley by skimming this little town. It seems to only have a bar, an auto parts store, a Ford dealership, and a cafe or two. Most of these places get wiped out as the action unfolds. It makes you wonder who would have been left for Wesley to skim from.

But criticism of a film like this is useless. When faced with such an artistic statement as Road House, one can either sit back and enjoy, or chuck the tape out the window.

10 of 10 stars.

The genius of Joel Silver my know no boundaries.

Added 9-14-2009: We'll see you on the other side, Patrick! God Bless you!

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