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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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Trivia

According to Sam Elliott, all of the actors did their own stunts. They were all trained by Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, a holder of nine black belts in nine different disciplines. Urquidez believed so much in Patrick Swayze's abilities, that he suggested to him that he should become a competitive kickboxer. See more »

Goofs

Dalton's stuntman is visible several times during the movie, particularly when going over the Double Deuce railing when fighting O'Connor, and when fighting Brad Wesley at the end. He's much bigger than Swayze. 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 »

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Soundtracks

Fire in the Night
Written by Bob Corbin
Performed by Alabama
Courtesy of RCA Records
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User Reviews

One of the best bad movies ever
17 July 2003 | by jc1305usSee all my reviews

I love this movie. Why? Because it's sooo bad it's good. It dosen't

take itself too seriously (for the most part) but the lines really put

this one over the edge. "It's gonna get worse before it get's better"

""Be nice until it's time to not be nice" and "Oh baby, your gonna

be my regular Saturday night thing!" are classics of bad cinema.

The characters? All one dimensional hillbillies. The acting? Awful.

The plot? Yeah right. This movie is great because you can't take

your eyes away. What cheesy line comes next? When's the next

fight? And Who's the hot blonde? A guilty pleasure through and

through but it is fun sitting around with a bunch of guys watching

this and laughing your ass off. A great guy movie. Recommended.


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