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Road House (1989)

A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dalton
... Doc
... Wade Garrett
... Brad Wesley
... Jimmy (as Marshall Teague)
... Denise
... Red Webster
... Emmet (as 'Sunshine' Parker)
... Cody
... Tilghman
... Pat McGurn
... Carrie
Travis McKenna ... Jack
... Younger
Kurt James Stefka ... Hank
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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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The dancing's over. Now it gets dirty. See more »

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Action | Thriller

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19 May 1989 (USA)  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$30,050,028
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The book Dalton (Patrick Swayze) is reading is Jim Harrison's "Legends of the Fall". See more »

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When Wesley is shot at the end of the movie, his position after crashing through the coffee table drastically changes from the time he is killed to the time the sheriff sees his body. See more »

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[first lines]
Bouncer Checking IDs: [to Frank Tilghman, as he enters the Bandstand] Go ahead, sir.
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While the end credits are rolling, the house band does one more number. See more »

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Referenced in This Is Us: Still There (2017) See more »

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One Foot on the Gravel
Written by Jeff Healey, Thomas Stephen (as Tom Stephan) and Joseph Rockman
Produced by Jimmy Iovine
Performed by The Jeff Healey Band
Courtesy of Arista Records
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quite simply, the greatest american film ever made
29 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

this is an amazing movie. i have never enjoyed a moviegoing experience more than when i watched "road house," and i say that with complete honesty. this is not to say that "road house" is a good movie; it's truly awful. c'mon, it's got patrick swayze as the lead character! the man cannot act! his performances are wooden enough to deserve a layer of wood varnish! however, this movie is a blast. patrick goes to a town that is run by Mr. Evil (that's not his name, but it might as well be). Mr. Evil does nothing but mean things, just stopping short of eating children. patrick is paid to go from town to town, teaching bouncers how to be bouncers. of course, Mr. Evil and patrick cross swords and hijinks ensue. it just goes to show you that everything good in life can be learned in a house. on a road.

this movie has it all. random nudity? check. senseless violence? check. painfully ridiculous dialogue? triple check. plus, it has a monster truck! and there's a bad guy who looks like the understudy for former wrestler lou albino! and a blind man plays horrible versions of early 60s rock tunes, providing the sole soundtrack! and a throat gets ripped out of an unarmed man's neck in a fight scene! and patrick swayze shows his naked buttocks off to a lady that isn't even his romantic interest! what more could you want in a movie?

if you like laughing at how poorly movies can be made, this is one that will keep you from getting bored. road house, i salute you!


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