Road House

Road House

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Director: Rowdy Herrington

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Love, treachery, and broken furniture are the hallmarks of this rollicking action drama. Dalton (Patrick Swayze) has a Ph.D., but rather than make a living teaching Socrates at some university, he's opted to become a top-drawer "cooler" -- an expert barroom bouncer who can break up fights without getting himself killed in the process.…  See more details below


Love, treachery, and broken furniture are the hallmarks of this rollicking action drama. Dalton (Patrick Swayze) has a Ph.D., but rather than make a living teaching Socrates at some university, he's opted to become a top-drawer "cooler" -- an expert barroom bouncer who can break up fights without getting himself killed in the process. Dalton is hired to keep the peace at the Double Deuce, a rough-and-tumble honky tonk in Jasper, Missouri, where beer-soaked free-for-alls are a nightly event. Dalton is hurt on his first night on the job, and he is patched up by "Doc" Clay (Kelly Lynch), a beautiful woman working as the town's physician. Dalton and Doc immediately hit it off, but Dalton learns that another man, Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara), already has his eye on her. Wesley is a man used to getting his way; he's an extortionist and crime boss who has nearly everyone in Jasper under his thumb, and he sets out to teach Dalton a lesson, while Dalton is determined to clean up the town like he breaks up brawls at the Double Deuce. Sam Elliott plays Dalton's mentor Wade, and Red West, a one-time member of Elvis Presley's "Memphis Mafia," appears as Webster; Canadian blues-rock guitarist Jeff Healey leads the Double Deuce house band.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
History may relegate Patrick Swayze to the dust heap of Hollywood has-beens; but with his lead turn in Rowdy Herrington’s Road House, he stakes his claim to cinematic immortality. Swayze, clad in cowboy boots and skin-tight jeans, is Dalton, a former New York University philosophy student and martial arts expert who (we kid you not) works as a "cooler" (head bouncer) at a rough-and-tumble honky-tonk in Jasper, Missouri. This place is so tough that the house band (led by blind blues guitarist Jeff Healey) plays in a cage to protect them from flying bottles and hurled bodies. None of this fazes Dalton, who manages to: keep the unruly rednecks in line without mussing a strand of his blow-dried hair; clean up the town, which is under the thumb of a wealthy thug (Ben Gazzara); and get down with a hot blonde doctor (Kelly Lynch). Along the way he dodges monster trucks and mouths lines like "Pain don’t hurt" while stitching up his own wounds, Terminator-style. Is this schizophrenic mishmash of westerns, gangster films, and kung fu movies ludicrous? Completely, and that’s what makes Road House so much fun. Swayze, taking the role of soulful hunk to heart, plays the whole thing utterly straight: He’s the ultimate strong-silent screen archetype of the Reagan ‘80s. Bad movies just don’t get any better than this.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; Dvd:; Audio commentary with director Rowdy Herrington; Audio commentary with Road House fans Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier; What would Dalton do? documentary; On the Road House featurette; Trivia track

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Swayze Dalton
Kelly Lynch Dr. Elizabeth "Doc" Clay
Sam Elliott Wade Garrett
Ben Gazzara Brad Wesley
Marshall Teague Jimmy
Julie Michaels Denise
Red West Red Webster
Sunshine Parker Emmet
Jeff Healey Cody
Kevin Tighe Tilghman
Sylvia Baker Table Dancer
Jackie Burch Actor
John Doe Pat McGurn
Anthony Marisco Cruzado
Gonzalo Quintana Cruzado
Terrance Scott Loudmouth
Kurt James Stefka Hank
Kathleen Wilhoite Connie
Travis McKenna Jack
Roger Hewlett Younger
Gary Hudson Steve
Terry Funk Morgan
Michael Rider O'Connor
John Young Tinker
Anthony de Longis Ketchum
Joe Unger Karpis
Tiny Ron Mountain
Sheila Caan Judy
Jon Paul Jones Stroudenmire
Lauri Crossman Stella
Keith David Ernie Bass
Ed de Fusco Oscar
Humberto Larriva Cruzado
Tony Marsico Cruzado
Marshall Rohner Cruzado
John Oldach Bandstand Tough Guy
Joey Plewa Bandstand Tough Guy
Susan Lentini Bandstand Babe
Patricia Tallman Bandstand Babe
Mike Fisher Bandstand Bouncer
Bob Jennings Bandstand Bouncer
Dawn Ciccone Steve's Girl
Julie Royer Steve's Girl
Frank Noon Barfly
Christopher Collins Sharing Husband
Cheryl Baker Well-Endowed Wife
Michael Wise Gawker
Charlie Hawke Heckler
Tom Finnegan Chief of Police
Christine Anderson Party Girl
Lisa Axelrod Party Girl
Debra Chase Party Girl
Lisa Westman Party Girl
Kymberly Herrin Party Girl
Kym Malin Party Girl
Heidi Paine Party Girl
Jacklyn Palmer Party Girl
Marta Rinchusiuso Party Girl
Meg Thayer Party Girl
Laura Albert Strip Joint Girl
Christina Veronica Strip Joint Girl
Michele Burger Strip Joint Girl
Pamela Jackson Strip Joint Girl
Daryl Sandy Marsh Strip Joint Bartender
Laura Lee Kasten Nurse
Bill Dunnam Car Salesman
Dennis Ott Bar Character
Ancel Cook Grillman
Chino "Fats" Williams Derelict
Terri Lynn Doss Cody's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Jasae Strip Joint Girl
Aaron Michael Lacey Marine

Technical Credits
Rowdy Herrington Director
Pete Antico Stunts
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
William Joseph Durrell Art Director
Scott Eddo Makeup
Mark Fabus Set Decoration/Design
James M. Halty Stunts
Hilary Henkin Screenwriter
David Lee Henry Original Story,Screenwriter
Michael Kamen Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Henry Kingi Stunts
Phillip Leonard Set Decoration/Design
John F. Link Editor
Steve Perry Executive Producer
Al di Sarro Special Effects
Joel Silver Producer
Raymond Stella Camera Operator
Tim Moore Executive Producer
Frank J. Urioste Editor
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Road House
1. Opening Credits [4:08]
2. Double Deuce [2:12]
3. Welcome to Jasper [3:23]
4. Paid to Play [2:49]
5. Ten a Kiss [3:48]
6. She's a Runner [5:33]
7. 3 Rules [3:44]
8. Cleaning House [4:03]
9. No Joke [2:36]
10. Hello Red [4:18]
11. Little Mistake [2:31]
12. Pain Don't Hurt [2:53]
13. Everybody Pays [3:55]
14. New Town, Same Story [1:44]
15. Sorry, We're Closed [3:16]
16. Fan Club [2:52]
17. Because of Me [3:49]
18. Running Out of Booze [1:56]
19. You Can Stay [6:45]
20. Word Is [4:28]
21. It's a Lie [1:36]
22. Things Heat Up [3:13]
23. This is My Town [7:57]
24. Prepare to Die [5:40]
25. Coin Toss [6:22]
26. Tails Again [4:53]
27. Trophy Room [3:21]
28. End Credits [5:20]


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Road House 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I lived by the rules that Roadhouse taught me, I'd be insanely invincible. Apparently, having a Ph.D. in Philosophy gets you a job in a dungy bar, pain don't hurt, and I can rip out anyone's throat on a whim while sleeping with crazy hot nurses that don't treat anyone else...and NOT ONE COP while all of this is going on. The storyline is a little far fetched, but it's still a decent flick if you like all that backwoods-stranger-in-town-saves-the-day action. Patrick Swayze beating people up is priceless. Someone had to have an imagination to cast him in a movie like this, therefore, I give Roadhouse 2 stars for the topless nurse, and 1 star for the casting agent.
Bull More than 1 year ago
Great action and it has Sam Elliot in it what else u need lol
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cjhotwine More than 1 year ago
Very good movie, I can watch it over and over