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Road House (1989)

A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar.

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Rowdy Herrington

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R. Lance Hill (story) (as David Lee Henry), R. Lance Hill (screenplay) (as David Lee Henry) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Kurt James Stefka ... Hank
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

19 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Road House See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$30,050,028

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,945,379
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Patrick Swayze once commented that during production, he was not sure he would live through the making of this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Elizabeth joins Dalton on the roof, outside his bedroom window, their position and blanket moves over and out further away from the window in the front angle shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bouncer Checking IDs: [to Frank Tilghman, as he enters the Bandstand] Go ahead, sir.
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Crazy Credits

While the end credits are rolling, the house band does one more number. See more »

Alternate Versions

DVD release has a cut part of the sex scene between Dalton and Doc. See more »

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Referenced in Dawson's Creek: Cigarette Burns (2002) See more »

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Long Tall Sally
Written by Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell (as Robert Blackwell), Enotris Johnson and Little Richard (as Richard Penniman)
Produced by Jimmy Iovine
Performed by The Jeff Healey Band
Courtesy of Arista Records
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A cheesy ball
22 November 2009 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Patrick Swayze plays the best bar bouncer in the world, hired by Marshall Teague to clean up his rowdy bar, the Double Deuce. In doing so, Swayze ends up firing a handful of close friends to Ben Gazzara, a criminal who runs the town. Of course, this gets Swayze into a bunch of trouble, as Gazzara is completely insane and not above murder, arson or driving a monster truck through a car dealership when he doesn't get his way. Man, this movie is over-the-top. That is its charm. For a long time, I think it moves too slowly, but when it starts to gain momentum in the middle, it moves like a freight train. A freight train without a conductor, mind you, but, hey. Sam Elliott co-stars as Swayze's long-time partner (if you ever wanted to see Sam Elliott's graying pubes, this is the place to go). Kelly Lynch is mostly forgettable as Swayze's love interest. The other two women in the film, Julie Michaels and Kathleen Wilhoite, are more interesting and (arguably for Wilhoite and inarguably for Michaels) cuter.


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