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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 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

19 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El duro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$30,050,028
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Dalton was named after Dalton, Georgia. Screenwriter R. Lance Hill, was passing through and stopped at a local bar. The establishment and its patrons left an impression on him, and as a tribute to the town, he named the protagonist Dalton. See more »

Goofs

When Wesley is driving erratically down the road, nearly hitting Dalton head on, the lane markings on the road change from a painted double yellow line in the distant shots to having the double yellow markings indicated by raised reflective markers in the close ups. 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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Referenced in The Mind of a Chef: Japan (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Cliff's Edge
Written by Patrick Swayze, Stacy Widelitz and Bob Marlette
Produced by David Kershenbaum and Bob Marlette
Performed by Patrick Swayze
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This place has a sign hangin' over the urinal that says, "Don't eat the big white mint".
19 September 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

OK, this isn't Oscar material, it garnered six Razzie nominations instead. The acting leaves a lot to be desired, and the dialog is pure corn, but it fills the "guilty pleasure" category like a glove.

While others like Dirty Dancing, this movie will always define Patrick Swayze to me. In his memory, I will watch it over and over.

It will be the movie that reminds me of how attractive Kelly Lynch is.

It will remind me why I like Sam Elliott.

It will remind me why Ben Gazzara is perfect as Boss Hogg.

It's not art, it's pure entertainment, and why I will always remember Swayze.

Besides, it has one of the best soundtracks around.


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