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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In Road House 2: Last Call (2006), the character of Dalton (Patrick Swayze, who does not appear) is said to have died, shot dead before the follow-up film's events take place. The sequel features just a handful of references to Dalton, but the central character is Dalton's son as an adult. See more »

Goofs

After Dalton rips Jimmy's throat out he kicks Jimmy into the lake but you can hear Jimmy shout in pain as he falls. He wouldn't even be able to make a sound if he just had his throat ripped out. 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 »

Connections

Featured in Road House: What Would Dalton Do? (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Intentionally? Funny
27 October 2002 | by jhinds-3See all my reviews

The dialog, story and acting in this are so cliched that I believe it is a parody of action movies. Others believe it is a straight action movie gone horribly wrong. Whatever the intentions, this movie is very entertaining and very, very stupid. I love it, superior in every way to Sophie's Choice.


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