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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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Taglines:

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

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Action | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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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

There are several things that are related to Elvis Presley: Back in the Double Deuce after Red's auto parts store is blown up, Brad Wesley tells Cody "Elvis, play something with balls"; Marshall R. Teague (Jimmy) played Rick Colton, a martial arts instructor who had an affair with Priscilla Presley) in Elvis and Me (1988), which was based on Priscilla's autobiography; Red West, who played Red Webster, knew Elvis Presley in high school and was a member of "The Memphis Mafia". See more »

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Supposed to be set in Jasper, Missouri, yet if you look carefully in one scene, you can see a road sign with a California highway marker in the background. 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 »

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

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Mustang Sally
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By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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