Road House


Road House

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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


Critic Reviews for Road House

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

Apr 30, 2012 | Full Review…

Framed within a realistically intimate roadhouse setting, yarn reconstructs the triangle with an arrestingly psychotic twist supplied by Richard Widmark.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
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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).

Aug 8, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Mad, perhaps, but memorable too.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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What makes it different is Ida Lupino's incarnation of the torch singer Lily: a singular instance of Hollywood trying to imagine an autonomous adult woman.

Aug 13, 2018 | Full Review…

A stylish and perverse film noir.

Apr 30, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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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.

Aj V
Aj V

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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

Stella Dallas
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.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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