Road House (1989)

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  • Clip: The Bar Fight
  • Clip: Boxing training

Movie Info & Cast


A cool-headed bouncer (with an NYU philosphy degree and a gift for martial arts) is hired to calm an extra-rowdy midwestern tavern. Along the way, he falls in love with a beautiful doctor and runs up against the local kingpin.


  • Patrick Swayze
  • Kelly Lynch
  • Sam Elliott
  • Ben Gazzara
  • Marshall R. Teague
  • Julie Michaels
  • Red West
  • Sunshine Parker
  • Jeff Healey
  • Kevin Tighe

Did You Know?


  • Sam Elliott and Ben Gazzara were in The Big Lebowski (1998).
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  • Just before Emmet and Dalton shake hands Emmet is wearing gloves. When they shake hands the gloves are missing. In the very next shot they are on again.
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    • Wade Garrett: This place has a sign hangin' over the urinal that says, "Don't eat the big white mint".
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Road House exists right on the edge between the good-bad movie and the merely bad. I hesitate to recommend it, because so much depends on the ironic vision of the viewer. This is not a good movie. But viewed in the right frame of mind, it is not a boring one, either.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Road House is startling because of the intensity of its violence and because of Swayze`s mindless posturing. A young star has sold himself to become a pinup boy.

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune