Road House

Silver Pictures Released 1989




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Rowdy Herrington

James Dalton moves to Jasper, Missouri to head security at a bar called the Double Deuce. One of the first things that Dalton does is fire a group of corrupt employees, an action that gets him sent to the hospital with a knife wound in his side. There he meets Dr. Elizabeth Clay and the two strike up a quick romance. Eventually, Dalton comes to the attention of Brad Wesley, a powerful businessman who runs Jasper. He invites Dalton to come and work for him, but when Dalton declines Wesley decides to destroy both Dalton and the Double Deuce. As Wesley's thugs wreak havoc, Dalton calls in his old friend Wade Garrett to help him defend the place. But will only two men be able to hold off a whole town?


Metacritic Score

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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...

  • 50

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    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.

  • 40

    TV Guide Magazine

    Director Rowdy Herrington lives up to his name: once he's seen to it that all the conventions of the western are in place, he presents an all-out brawl on the average of about ever...

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    • Production Budget - $15,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $30,050,028 (40th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $61,765,297

    • Other production companies:
      Star partners II Ltd.
      United Artists (distributor)

    • Filming locations:
      Sanger, California
      Santa Clarita, California
      Cowboy Boogie, Anaheim, California
      Valencia, California

    • Music:
      Don't Throw Stones
      Written by Tito Larriva
      Performed by Cruzados
      Savoire Faire
      Written by Willy DeVille
      Performed by Cruzados
      On the Road Again
      Written by Floyd V. Jones and Alan Wilson
      Performed by The Jeff Healey Band
      Confidence Man
      Written by John Hiatt
      Performed by The Jeff Healey Band
      Runaround Sue
      Written by Dion DiMucci and Ernie Maresca
      Performed by Dion DiMucci
      Long Tall Sally
      Written by Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell, Enotris Johnson and Little Richard
      Performed by The Jeff Healey Band
      Travelin' Band
      Written by John Fogerty
      Performed by The Jeff Healey Band
      Good Heart
      Written by Maria McKee
      Performed by Kris McKay
      Blue Monday
      Written by David Bartholomew and Fats Domino
      Performed by Bob Seger
      Written by James Keyes, Carl Feaster, Claude Feaster, Floyd McRae and James Edwards
      Performed by The Crew Cuts
      One Foot on the Gravel
      Written by Jeff Healey, Thomas Stephen and Joseph Rockman
      Performed by The Jeff Healey Band
      Hear That Guitar Ring
      Written by Jack Lavin and Tom Lavin
      Performed by The Jeff Healey Band
      Mustang Sally
      Written by Bonny Rice
      Performed by Wilson Pickett
      Knock on Wood
      Written by Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper
      Performed by The Jeff Healey Band and Kathleen Wilhoite
      I'm Tore Down
      Written by Sonny Thompson
      Performed by The Jeff Healey Band
      Fire in the Night
      Written by Bob Corbin
      Performed by Alabama
      Do You Really Want Me
      Written by Keith Holland, Geri Berry and Kristine W
      Performed by Kristine W
      Roadhouse Blues
      Written by Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, 'John Densmore' and Ray Manzarek
      Performed by The Jeff Healey Band
      I Sold My Soul to Rock and Roll
      Written by Klaus Thiel and Paul Psilias
      Performed by Bullet
      These Arms of Mine
      Written by Otis Redding
      Performed by Otis Redding
      Raising Heaven (in Hell) Tonight
      Written by Willie Nile and Martin Briley
      Performed by Patrick Swayze
      Cliff's Edge
      Written by Patrick Swayze, Stacy Widelitz and Bob Marlette
      Performed by Patrick Swayze
      Right from the Start
      Written by Billy Herzig and Randy Watkins
      Performed by Earl Thomas Conley
      All My Ex's Live in Texas
      Written by Sanger D. Shafer and Lyndia J. Shafer
      Performed by George Strait
      Rad Gumbo
      Written by Bill Payne, Paul Barrere, Martin Kibbee, Sam Clayton and Kenny Gradney
      Performed by Little Feat
      White Room
      Written by Jack Bruce and Pete Brown
      Performed by The Jeff Healey Band
      Courtesy of Arista Records
      Hoochie Coochie Man
      Written by Willie Dixon
      Performed by The Jeff Healey Band
      When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky
      Written by Bob Dylan
      Performed by The Jeff Healey Band


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