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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Dalton's medical records, his first name is James. He's only known as Dalton in the movie, however. See more »

Goofs

When the Businessmen are all shooting Brad Wesley in his house, Kelly Lynch is standing next to Emmett, and reacts as the a shot is fired. She then reacts again in a similar fashion, although no further shots have been fired at that stage. She was anticipating the shot that followed few seconds later. 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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Confidence Man
Written by John Hiatt
Produced by Jimmy Iovine
Performed by The Jeff Healey Band
Courtesy of Arista Records
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They don't make them like this anymore.
30 June 2018 | by vcn-09627See all my reviews

This is why I predict the American cinema and studio system will die. Nowadays it is all boring sequels and prequels and univirse films where every woman is an engineer and hates herself and is ashamed of her own body and so hides it. I am stopping my interest in (new) movies now.

Road House has brawny men, nice women, bad women, thin women, available women, fighting, music and rowdiness. And Hollywood if.you.really.really.insist there is a female physician. Happy? And she voluntarily gets on her back on the first date (should give you heart attack right there).


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