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Road House

Road House (1948)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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Richard Widmark plays the borderline-psycho owner of a combination road house and bowling alley. Widmark's singer, Ida Lupino, begins exhibiting an interest in his manager, Cornel Wilde. To get even with Wilde, Widmark frames him on a robbery charge, then has the unlucky fellow released in his custody. The sadistic Widmark takes every opportunity to flaunt his control over Conte, but this only serves to deepen the relationship between Wilde and Lupino. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Unrated,

Drama, Classics

Edward Chodorov

May 14, 2009

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This lurid 1948 melodrama by Jean Negulesco has built up a considerable underground reputation.

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Framed within a realistically intimate roadhouse setting, yarn reconstructs the triangle with an arrestingly psychotic twist supplied by Richard Widmark.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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List first the fact that Widmark, though he stands in danger of being typed as the screen's prime psychotic, does an excellent job (complete with chilling laughter).

August 8, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Mad, perhaps, but memorable too.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A stylish and perverse film noir.

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A minor classic of forties film noir with major pleasures, Road House is an unusual, and unusually fascinating, variation on the genre.

January 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
Turner Classic Movies Online

A strange cultish love-triangle film noir directed by the gifted Jean Negulesco.

February 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Widmark does his wicked best as the obsessed would-be lover, and waiting in the wings is the great Holm to gently out-act them all.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for Road House

Road House is kind of a tough movie for me to form an opinion of. It's not really noir, kind of but not really. It takes place in this claustrophobic bar/bowling alley/lodge place and this weird love triangle thing is going on, I don't know. Ida Lupino is great as usual and her singing voice serves as a parallel for how I feel about the movie. I'm kind of put off by it initially but after the third performance I was kind of intrigued. Richard Widmark is his usual over-the-top, early performance nutjob self as the crazy spoiled heiress in a performance that kind of mirrors Lupino's in They Drive By Night. That bar fight was an absolute blast nd Celeste Holm was such a doll.
November 11, 2010
mjgildea

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Widmark gives a fantastic performance in this movie. That's mainly why I loved it, but the story is interesting and exciting as well.
October 24, 2010
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

ida is terrific, her 'singing' must be experienced to be fully appreciated and what's going on with that hairdo? but widmark steals the show as spoiled brat psycho 'jefty.' bit over the top but very enjoyable
November 25, 2009
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Stella Dallas

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Ida couldn't be tougher then as the road house singer she plays here and Richard Widmark is delightfully nuts in this fine noir.
May 10, 2008
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jay nixon

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