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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:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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)

Did You Know?

Injuries that Dalton (Patrick Swayze) had sustained were two bullet (gunshot) wounds, four steel screws, nine puncture (knife) wounds and 31 broken bones.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Dalton (Patrick Swayze) calls Wade (Sam Elliott) from the laundromat, he says in his conversation, "Ah, you know, new town, same story." But right after the bar fight scene where Dalton and Wade had just finished fighting Wesley's (Ben Gazzara's) men, Wade mistakenly reverses it and says to Dalton, "Same town, new story, huh, pal?"See more »
[first lines]
Bouncer Checking IDs:[to Frank Tilghman, as he enters the Bandstand] Go ahead, sir.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Scream Queens Swimsuit Sensations (1992) (V)See more »
On the Road AgainSee more »


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39 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Heel to the face,Knuckle to the nose, 13 November 2005
Author: Bogmeister from United States

This really is one of those guilty pleasures - a silly, inane movie, but possessed of so many elements for guys to enjoy, mainly regular bouts of ass-kicking, that a guy has to watch it about once a year to get his fix of adrenaline and a picture of how the world should work. The movie has its own rules and an internal structure mostly explained by the character of Dalton (Swayze), a supervisor of bouncers termed a Cooler. When certain entertainment establishments become too lowbrow and rowdy on a nightly basis, someone like Dalton is hired on to show all the patrons how to behave in a civilized manner. He has a degree in philosophy to help facilitate his instruction, plus some martial arts disciplines. In this world of bouncers, club owners, and alcohol dispensers, Dalton has a mighty rep - they've all heard of him, tho many thought he'd be bigger.

Also with an older rep is Wade Garrett (Elliott), an aged cooler who shows up halfway in to help his protégé kick some teeth in. It's amusing to watch the bouncers when introduced to Wade - they react like actors introduced to the Marlon Brando of the bouncer industry. The main villain is a local rich bigshot (Gazzara), usually wearing a self-satisfied evil grin and nice clothes, hiding a repugnant nature which treasures power & more power above all else. Well, actually, he doesn't hide it much as the pic progresses. This is where such villains make a foolish error: if he'd been just a little more laid-back and content with all the power he already had, things would've probably stayed the same for him. But he just can't resist having total absolute control over everything & everyone - a pure-bred fascist if ever there was - offending the zen-like sensibilities of the usually serene Dalton. Of course, having a couple of Dalton's friends killed didn't help towards a peaceful resolution.

The most entertaining portions of the pic are Dalton's methods in dealing with yahoo troublemakers; these dangerous dudes are reduced to clownish oafs by Dalton's effective tactics & knowhow. There's also a dark version of Dalton, Gazzara's main henchman, a martial arts master who seems a match for Dalton's prowess. There are frequent splashes of female nudity, including by Lynch as Dalton's new girlfriend (and doctor; Dalton isn't invulnerable - he needs a doctor about twice a week). You also seem to learn a lot about the art of being a bouncer, though some of this may be baloney. In many ways, this could be the perfect guy picture.

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