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Road House (1989 film)

Road House 1989 film

Released on 19 May 1989, Road House is an American action film starring Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott and Ben Gazzara. 

Directed by Rowdy Herrington, the movie revolves around a cooler at a newly refurbished roadside bar protecting a Missouri small town from a corrupt businessman. With its fantastic storyline and great music, it has grossed over $61 million against a $15 million budget. 

In 2020, the movie was voted the most-watched movie on cable.  

A Quick Info About Road House

Release Date19 May 1989
SequelRoad House 2 (2006)
RemakeRoad House (2024)
Country of OriginUnited States
Running time114 minutes
Directed ByRowdy Herrington
Story ByDavid Lee Henry
Produced ByJoel Silver
Production CompaniesSilver Pictures
Budget$15 million
Box Office$61.6 million


Road House 1989 cast

CastPlayed As
Patrick SwayzeJames Dalton
Kelly LynchDr. Elizabeth “Doc” Clay
Sam ElliottWade Garrett
Ben GazzaraBrad Wesley
Kevin TigheFrank Tilghman
Red WestRed Webster
Jeff HealeyCody
Sunshine ParkerEmmett
Marshall TeagueJimmy Reno


The story revolves around James Dalton, played by Patrick Swayze, who is hired as the head bouncer at the Double Deuce, a rough bar known for its violence and rowdy patrons. Though Dalton is a highly skilled martial artist and bouncer, he believes in a philosophy of nonviolence. 

However, Dalton is also capable of extreme force when necessary. There is also a local criminal element in the movie, a wealthy and corrupt businessman named Brad Wesley, who controls the town through fear. 

Dalton and Wesley got into a clash. Wesley is involved in various illegal activities. Dalton also has a romantic relationship with the town doctor, Elizabeth Clay. However, their relationship becomes complicated as Dalton’s presence in the town puts both of their lives in danger. 

While trying to clean up the Double Deuce bar from Wesley’s criminal activities, Dalton faced numerous challenges, including resistance from Wesley’s hired thugs and corrupt law enforcement officials. 

Dalton realizes that the only way to bring peace to the town is to confront Wesley directly, which leads to several intense action sequences, including bar brawls and car chases. Ultimately, Dalton became victorious, freeing the town from Wesley’s hand. 

Box Office Collection

Road House (1989) has earned around $61.6 million against a budget of $15 million. Below we have shown you the movie’s weekend box office performance. 

19 May 1989$5.9 million
26 May 1989$4.9 million
2 June 1989$3 million
9 June 1989$2.1 million
16 June 1989$1.5 million
23 June 1989$913 thousand

Awards and Nominations

The film was nominated for five Golden Rasberry Awards for worst picture, worst actor, worst supporting actor, worst director and worst screenplay. 


IMDB Ratings:- 6.7/10

81% liked this film

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Road House 1989 film’s Release Date?

The movie was released on 19 May 1989. 

2. Is Road House Worth Watching?

The film’s over-the-top action sequences, memorable one-liners, and Patrick Swayze’s charismatic performance make it worth watching. 

3. Who Directed Road House?

Rowdy Herrington is the director of this action thriller film. 

4. Can I Stream Road House 1989 film?

The movie is available for rental or purchase on digital platforms like Amazon Prime Video and Google Play Movies. 

5. Are There Any Sequels or Remakes of Road House?

Yes, there is a sequel, Road House 2, released in 2006 and a 2024 remake starring Conor McGregor and Jake Gyllenhaal. 

6. Why is Road House Rated R?

The movie is rated R due to its violence, strong language, and sexual content. 

7. Is Road House Based on a True Story?

It is not based on any true story. 

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