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Road House (1989)

A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar.

Director:

Rowdy Herrington

Writers:

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:

Dalton lives like a loner, fights like a professional. And loves like there's no tomorrow. See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,957,656, 21 May 1989

Gross USA:

$30,050,028

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,050,028
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Patrick Swayze and Marshall R. Teague did one fight around seventy-one times. It took five days. Rowdy Herrington says they were exhausted. See more »

Goofs

In one famous scene Wesley proclaims to have a cousin in Memphis that knows about Dalton's past regarding a homicide in self-defense. He says that the Judge was told it was self defense, which would indicate the trial was long over. Dalton seems shaken by the threat. However, this is an extremely weak veiled threat considering double jeopardy trials are unconstitutional. 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

The UK cinema version was intact, although the video release was cut by 10 seconds by the BBFC to remove a knee kick, a double ear-clap and a groin punch. Dialogue about felling enemies by kicking them in the knee was also removed. The cuts were waived in 2001 for the DVD release. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: They'll Do It Every Time: Part Two (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Heart
Written by Maria McKee
Produced by Jimmy Iovine
Performed by Kris McKay
Courtesy of Arista Records
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Good film
2 December 2019 | by donnie-finds-ivanka-hotSee all my reviews

It is from 1989 and comes in in the nick of time before the '90s hit and movies became drab.

This film has a manly man, a hot chick or two and great music courtesy of a musician we lost way too early. For those who insist on feminism the main love interest is an educated physician and takes charge sexually.


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