Road House (1989)
Dalton (Swayze) is a true gentleman with a degree in philosophy from NYU. He also has a flip side - he's the best bar bouncer in the business. When Dalton's brought in to clean up the Double Deuce, a popular establishment that become particularly rowdy, his calm is put to the test by the town bully.
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Critic Reviews for Road House
Road House is startling because of the intensity of its violence and because of Swayze's mindless posturing.
All Road House amounts to is a botched southern, and it's not worth a detour.
Eventually it mutates into a paranoid revenge plot that might be called Walking Short.
Its vigilante justice, lawlessness and wanton violence feel ludicrous in a modern setting.
Road House is much funnier than most comedies, until it turns vile instead of just stupid.
An immensely enjoyable slice of romanticised fisticuffs, this is a Western in every respect except the stetsons and six guns.
Good-natured enough, but essentially an excuse for lots of mindless violence perpetrated by one-dimensional characters.
Swayze kicks some serious ass
Swayze is up to a part that requires him merely to show his muscles and dexterity, but Gazzara is trapped in his hopelessly evil caricature, leaving Sam Elliott (in a too-limited role) to provide the film's only real charm.
Badass brawls, broken beer bottles, booming beats, big boobs and bad blood.
Road House is the mother of all stop signs for channel surfers everywhere.
...it's hard to go wrong with a film that features such choice bits of dialogue as "nobody ever wins a fight," "be nice until it's time to not be nice," and, of course, "pain don't hurt."
Very cool, Very fast, and more action than the L.A Freeway. Perfect Popcorn Entertainment.
I hated this movie as a teen. Haven't seen it since.
A forgettable fist-flinging fable that's as ridiculously raucous as it is relevant. Swayze flexes his movie muscles needlessly in this dingy and disjointed drama
Road House is rootin' tootin' moo-vee makin' at its best. Hats off for working not one but two huge explosions into a movie about bar-fights.
Audience Reviews for Road House
No matter what you're expecting, this film is beyond expectations, and that is not a good thing. Veiled in the guise of a simple film about a man who cleans up a bar while working as a cooler (head bouncer), this film takes a lot of strange twists and turns and becomes something altogether ugly and laughably horrible. The lead character is relentlessly hypocritical, having a PhD of unclear origins, a glossed over love of Tai Chi, and yet an obsession with cutting up bad guys and vagrants alike. Dalton (Swayze) comes to a small town in Kansas, teaches some bouncers what to do, and then helps starts a yuppie blues bar. There is a villain to this story, and he is the most hedonistic, disgusting, devilish man to be on screen since the age of the fifties' B-movie. He kills, tortures, and maims, threatens everyone even associated with the bar, and yet doesn't get caught for his actions because he has "ties with the police." The things he gets away with are tantamount to a drug kingpin with a small rebel army, and yet he only has several crooks. Most of this heavy-handed and far too long film revolves around Dalton fighting bad guys, avenging friends and co-workers, and falling in love with, and awkwardly making love to, a local doctor. They literally meet one time, and the next meeting they have one of the most strange love scenes, comparable only to "Showgirls". This shifts to a revenge flick as the man controlling the entire town (Gazzara) starts a vendetta against this Dalton, who isn't the owner of the bar, doesn't have much control over how the town is run, and though starts dating this villain's crush, doesn't throw it in his face. The last thirty minutes is all out violence, murder, arson, and senseless baiting by the villain. It devolves quickly, and it easily earns its reputation as a movie that is harsh to watch, and simple to make fun of.More
File under 'You could only get away with this kind of thing in the 80s'. Honestly, in the 80s you could get away with murder just as long as nobody saw it. It's incredibly cheesy but with a brilliant cast including Patrick Swayze, Sam Elliott and Ben Gazzara it's hard not to like it. As I get older I am becoming more and more pleased that I haven't seen all these old 80s films, it's like rediscovering and enjoying a decade all over again each time I catch up with one. RIP Mr. Swayze and RIP Ben Gazzara too, I had no idea he had passed away :o(More
Some might call Road House one of the worst movies ever made, and they would be both right and wrong in that estimation. The movie is a conundrum, because it's entertaining on the most basic of levels but yet you still want to hate on it. It's actually got all the classic 80's ingredients (big hair, strippers, monster trucks, etc) and it's got a sort of western vibe with the hero coming to town to save it from an evil overlord, but it just doesn't really work all that well... but yet it does. I can't say that it's amazing or a classic, but it's definitely an interesting watch - and somewhat entertaining.More
Patrick Swayze kicks serious ass in this movie where he plays a cooler at the Double Deuce, Dalton. Awesome 80s music and and awesome cast consisting of Kelly Lynch, as Elizabeth Clay who Dalton falls in love with and Sam Elliott who plays Wade Garrett, Dalton's best friend who works at the old bar he used to work at, Band Stand. Among them there are also Red Webster (played by Red West) and Emmett (played by Sunshine Parker). Then there's Ben Gazzara who plays the villein Brad Wesley, a money hungry man who's out to destroy Dalton's life. A great movie, with a very revengeful ending, Road House is definitely a movie that you want to see! :) :) :)More
Road House Quotes
- Dr. Elizabeth "Doc" Clay:
- You know, for that line of work I thought you'd be bigger.
- You know, I heard you had balls big enough to come in a dump truck, but you don't look like much to me.
- Wade Garrett:
- You got a skinny little runt named Dalton working here?
- Wade Garrett:
- A man puts a gun in yer face, you got two choices - stand there 'n die or kill the motherfucker!
- It's a good night. Nobody died.
- It'll get worse before it gets better.
- You're too stupid to have a good time.
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