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Road House

Patrick Swayze , Kelly Lynch , Rowdy Herrington    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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One of those movies that helped usher out the era of action films that had plots that made any sense (and also helped reverse the direction of Patrick Swayze's career arc), Road House concerns a handsome, existential bouncer in a rinky-dink honky-tonk who owns both a degree in philosophy and a Mercedes. And that's perhaps the most believable aspect of the whole movie. Swayze stars as Dalton, "the best bouncer in the business," who runs afoul of Wesley (Ben Gazzara), the meanest SOB round these parts, by taking up with his former girlfriend, Doc (Kelly Lynch)--the only woman in town with an IQ approaching double digits, even if she had unfathomably hooked up with such a lowlife. Swayze had complained about being typecast as beefcake when this was made, but that didn't stop him from revealing as much skin as possible--even guys like him, as revealed in a luridly seedy scene in which one of Wesley's goons tells Dalton that he reminds him of the kind of boyfriend he had in prison (albeit in much saltier terms). It's so insulting to its audience that it's nice to be able to turn the tables and laugh at the filmmakers. --David Kronke

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5.0 out of 5 stars HE'S ONE TOUGH S.O.B. July 21 2004
By The Critic TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
What guy hasn't gone into a nightclub or bar with his buddies at some point and thought to himself that bouncer's not so tuff. In this high octane action B flick, Patrick Swayze (Dalton) shows us size really doesn't matter and he's definitely not afraid to mix it up. This film appeals to the tough guy in all of us and as far as action goes, it delivers the goods. Patrick Swayze does a good job as Dalton, but even better is the performance by the much underrated Sam Elliot as Dalton's amigo (Wade). Together Dalton and Wade kick butt and show that their bond is unbreakable. Not surprising, Ben Gazzara's character makes you want to reach through the TV screen and pound him to a pulp. There is a spectacular fight scene between; wait I don't want to spoil it for anyone. There is also some really good music in this movie from Jeff Healey. Overall this movie is non-stop action and good entertainment for fight film fans. The DVD has a good picture and stereo sound but really nothing more than that. I give the movie itself 5 stars, but some kind of cast interviews or commentary would have been nice.

DVD Features:
Original theatrical trailer
English: Stereo surround
French: Stereo surround
Spanish: Mono
English, French, Spanish & Portuguese language subtitles
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Mike Nelson, one of the brains behind the television comedy ´¿Mystery Science Theater 3000´¿ wrote in his hysterical book ´¿Mike Nelson´¿s Movie Megacheese´¿ that ´¿ ROAD HOUSE is the single finest American film. Certainly it stinks, but I believe the filmmakers meant it to, and succeeded grandly.´¿
It´¿s hard to argue with this logic once you´¿ve seen ´¿Road House.´¿ It´¿s trash. It´¿s sleazy. It´¿s often ludicrously stupid. The characters may talk philosophical bilge, but when it comes down to it they solve everything with their fists and shotguns. But that´¿s what the filmmakers wanted, and that´¿s what they deliver. (What do you expect from a director named ´¿Rowdy´¿?) Looking for a good time along those lines? Just want some butt-kickin´¿, naked girls, barroom brawls, monster trucks, things going BOOM, Patrick Swayze mouthing silly lines and wrestling mean sweaty ugly guys while near naked, yet still getting up for his tai-chi in the morning? Well, ´¿Road House´¿ has got all that and more, and you´¿re going to have a good time. There´¿s trashy purity about this film that´¿s rather refreshing.
The plot? Yeah, it´¿s got one ´¿ just enough of one. Patrick Swayze (in what is really the defining role of his career) plays Dalton, a famous bouncer with a degree in philosophy, an attitude like a motivational speaker, kick-boxing moves, and who practices tai-chi. Dalton is one of the damned silliest characters in action film history, but you gotta love his outrageousness.
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3.0 out of 5 stars What can I say that hasn't already been said? Jan. 12 2004
While this may be among the worst of the mid-80s-to-mid-90s action flicks produced by Joel Silver (the Lethal Weapon movies, Die Hard), I find it one of the more entertaining entries in the guy's canon of shoot-'em-ups. Now I'd go over some of the ridiculous moments, corny dialogue, horrid one-liners that try to pass themselves off as "witty", over-the-top antics, and Patrick Swayze's pathetic attempts to emote. But since these points have been done to death in most of the previous customer reviews-- and because I'm a lazy reviewer-- I suggest you give them a read to get the gist of how monumentally hokey this mo-pic is. All I'm gonna add is when a blind musician (Jeff Healey) does a better job acting than most of the other cast members, you know you're takin' the fast track down to Cinematic CheddarVille...
But not only do I watch cheesy flicks for kicks and a laugh, I also search for flubs, continuity errors, and other weirdness. Like for instance the final part of Dalton's (Patrick Swayze) little Tai Chi workout, where you can see the shadow of the camera tracking across his back at the bottom of the screen. Then there's the part where a guy's nose is bleeding a split-second BEFORE Dalton punches him in the face. This particular moment happens pretty quickly BTW, so ya better be payin' attention. Finally, there's the weirdest moment: the closing credits sequence, featuring Jeff Healey and his band playing a number at the Double Deuce bar. Now that isn't all that weird in itself... what IS weird is that Healey's wearing an analog wristwatch!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bad action has rarely been so good Dec 28 2003
Forget "Dirty Dancing": Patrick Swayze's career peaked in this and the similarly underrated "Point Break." It doesn't quite reach the stratospheric heights (or is it depths?) of Arnold Schwarzenegger's deservedly legendary "Commando," but "Road House" is still the stuff of which B-movie legend is made. Starring Swayze as the head bouncer at a rowdy Southern bar called the Double Deuce, "Road House" derives its appeal largely from the ingenious idea of having a bunch of rednecks for villains. You get to see Swayze's Dalton, perhaps the only Mercedes-driving, philosophy-majoring bouncer in history, take on a seemingly endless succession of slack-jawed inbred troglodytes as he tames the Double Deuce and ensures victory for truth, justice, and the American way.
The Double Deuce is one of the those bars where it seems half the patrons are on parole, but that doesn't stop them from throwing fists at the proverbial drop of a hat. I've always believed that bar fights held vast, untapped potential for the action genre, and this movie more than delivers the goods in that department. There are about five solid bar brawls in "Road House," with glass flying around, Dalton employing his martial-arts expertise against dimwitted thugs in tight jeans, and blind guitar whiz Jeff Healey providing some rock-solid background music. Suffice to say, if you're looking for a fair and dignified look at life in the South, you won't find it here. A trip to the Double Deuce promises to be as nasty and brutish as Hobbes's state of nature, and a lot more fun to watch.
And even for those who can think of nothing that beats Patrick Swayze as an action hero, it gets better: they got Sam Elliott, one of America's most underrated actors ever, to play Dalton's long-haired, hard-living friend Wade!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome movie.
Published 5 days ago by Lee Soullier
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommend.
This was a gift to one of our daughters. It plays well and is a reasonable cost.
Published 13 days ago by Kenneth D. Stonehouse
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic action & music
Great Music from Jeff Healey!
Published 1 month ago by jsher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always one of my favorites
Published 2 months ago by Erika
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Rock 'n roll with Healey and crash 'em 'n smash 'em with Elliot. What else more can you enjoy it for.
Published 3 months ago by lipt
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
Always been a great movie always will be. Love the 80's. I hate having to describe things i'm very straight and to the point.
Published 4 months ago by Sheldon Lilley
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
arrived in good time and worked well, no problems. a great movie and worth the money for sure, glad i bought it.
Published 8 months ago by westcoast21
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good
I got it within 2 weeks. Like the product. I recomand this to everybody. I will order again for sure.
Published 17 months ago by michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!!!
Pain don't hurt!!! Neither does this movie. I've seen this many times on my old VHS and now decided to add it to my blu-ray collection.
Published 19 months ago by Denny L
5.0 out of 5 stars Roadhouse
Wanted it for my collection of Patrick Swayze movies that I enjoy that I tried to record from MPIX on Bell TV
Published 20 months ago by Kevin Tormasy
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