Road House (1989)

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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.

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Hilary Henkin , David Lee Henry
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 4, 2003
Runtime:
United Artists - Official Site

Cast


as Wade Garrett

as Brad Wesley

as Red Webster

as Tilghman

as Pat McGurn

as Carrie Ann Nash

as Morgan

as O'Connor

as Tinker

as Karpis

as Mountain

as Stroudenmire

as Ernie Bass

as Bandstand Tough Guy

as Bandstand Tough Guy

as Bandstand Babe

as Cruzado

as Bandstand Babe

as Bandstand Bouncer

as Bandstand Bouncer

as Steve's Girl

as Steve's Girl

as Barfly

as Bandstand Bouncer

as Sharing Husband

as Well-Endowed Wife

as Chief of Police

as Sharing Husband

as Party Girl

as Party Girl

as Party Girl

as Party Girl

as Party Girl

as Party Girl

as Party Girl

as Strip Joint Girl

as Strip Joint Girl

as Strip Joint Girl

as Strip Joint Bartende...

as Strip Joint Girl

as Car Salesman

as Loudmouth

as Strip Joint Bartende...

as Table Dancer

as Bar Character

as Grillman

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as Strip Joint Girl

as Loudmouth
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Critic Reviews for Road House

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (9)

Road House is startling because of the intensity of its violence and because of Swayze's mindless posturing.

Full Review… | June 25, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

All Road House amounts to is a botched southern, and it's not worth a detour.

Full Review… | June 12, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Eventually it mutates into a paranoid revenge plot that might be called Walking Short.

Full Review… | April 30, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Its vigilante justice, lawlessness and wanton violence feel ludicrous in a modern setting.

Full Review… | January 8, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Mindless entertainment of the highest order.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Road House is much funnier than most comedies, until it turns vile instead of just stupid.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

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Spencer S.

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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(

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Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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.

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Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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