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Road House [Blu-ray] [Import]
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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French: Stereo surround
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patrick Swayze plays a tough cooler in an upscale bar. The owner of a tumble down bar, hires Swayze to help enhance his clientele and image.
This is a guys movie all the way. Swayze is awesome as Dalton. He is cool, confident, and tough as nails. Gazzera is good as the villian and he sends plenty of thugs over to the Duece, Duece to keep the action coming. Sam Elliot is great in his supporting role as Dalton's mentor, Wade Garrett. And of course there has to be women, and there are, but none hotter than Kelly Lynch, Dalton's love interest. Roadhouse never slows down. It has a great soundtrack and it is well directed. It's just a fun movie.
Enter Dalton, karate-chopping philosophy major, who is also world famous for a profession ("cooler"---not bouncer) that does not exist. He finds a girl with hair almost as big and poofy as his own, and challenges the dominion of Brad Wesley. This movie is bad, really bad, and is so serious in its badness that it seems almost hypnotic. The fight scenes are completely mindless. The dialogue is only a step above Manos "The Hands of Fate". Unmotivated drama is shoved in like a clumsy needle. The movie is, as Dalton might put it, Zen in its badness. In the end, you get to see Dalton battling a spear-throwing Brad Wesley. Now where else would you get to see Ben Gazzara chunking leaf-bladed spears? And that is why you MUST see this horrible, horrible movie. Ben Gazzara. I'm personally waiting for the sequel, where Brad Wesley returns augmented by cyborg technology. Road House 2: The Wrath of Wesley, or something like that.
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Great Movies and, as always, Shout Factory provides excellent bonus features. If you like this movie, this is the version to have.Published 15 hours ago by Greg Doran