Roadhouse was another one of the films that for some reason I was curious to see again (I first saw in my teens) in order to get a glimpse and understanding in what my late adoptive mother enjoyed and how it may have indirectly influenced my own interests (due to the fact that Patrick Swayze was one of my late adoptive mother’s favorite actors). Anyhow Roadhouse has Patrick Swayze starring as James Dalton a skilled bouncer who does not hesitate to stand up for himself or anybody who breaks the given rules at the bars that he works at. James Dalton is working at a popular New York City Bar when Frank Tilghman (Kevin Tighe) offers him a job working at a bar that he is opening in Missouri. James Dalton ends up running the new bar very well, but ends up having to deal with some of the locals in his new hometown wanting to seek revenge in a harsh way. What complicates matters is that falls in love with a woman named Dr. Elizabeth Clay who has a past history with influential businessman Brad Wesley. Brad Wesley is a harsh rival going after Dalton because of the threat that Dalton poses to how he has previously run things. Dalton finds out about Clay’s history because a popular musician named Cody (Jeff Healey) told him Clay’s past marriage. Dalton’s friend Wade Garrett (Sam Elliott) becomes concerned about the well-being of Dalton after a phone call due to Dalton dating an ex of a hostile enemy. Wade also questions the danger and risks of Dalton staying in his adopted Missouri hometown.
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.
Original theatrical trailer
English: Stereo surround
French: Stereo surround
English, French, Spanish & Portuguese language subtitles
on June 24, 2009
This movie although panned by the critics, has become a cult favourite. This is a revenge action movie. This movie is worth multiple watchings. What can go wrong with Patrick Swayze, Ben Gazarr and Sam Elliot in the cast, especially with Jeff Healey playing the music.? There is no hidden meaning in the movie and you don't need a critic to tell you what's wrong with the movie. Also at the end you know the movie is over and what happened.
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.
on February 29, 2004
Mike Nelson, one of the brains behind the television comedy ï¿½Mystery Science Theater 3000ï¿½ wrote in his hysterical book ï¿½Mike Nelsonï¿½s Movie Megacheeseï¿½ that ï¿½ ROAD HOUSE is the single finest American film. Certainly it stinks, but I believe the filmmakers meant it to, and succeeded grandly.ï¿½
Itï¿½s hard to argue with this logic once youï¿½ve seen ï¿½Road House.ï¿½ Itï¿½s trash. Itï¿½s sleazy. Itï¿½s 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 thatï¿½s what the filmmakers wanted, and thatï¿½s what they deliver. (What do you expect from a director named ï¿½Rowdyï¿½?) Looking for a good time along those lines? Just want some butt-kickinï¿½, 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, ï¿½Road Houseï¿½ has got all that and more, and youï¿½re going to have a good time. Thereï¿½s trashy purity about this film thatï¿½s rather refreshing.
The plot? Yeah, itï¿½s got one ï¿½ 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. Dalton comes to the town of Jasper outside of Kansas City to help clean up the Double Deuce bar, possibly the meanest bar in cinema history outside of a Western. Dalton whips the place into shape, romances local doctor Kelly Lynch, but then has to face the evil town boss, Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara!), who wonï¿½t release his financial grip of fear he has on the town. (I believe this was the plot of every A-Team episode, wasnï¿½t it?). Every few minutes, people pound each other with their fists, the band plays a loud blues tune, somebody takes off their clothes, and then they knock back some ï¿½suds. Oh, and Sam Elliottï¿½s in the film too!
The action scenes are pretty darned wacky, along the lines of ï¿½gee, imagine if he had hit him!ï¿½ and plenty of strange martial arts moves, but theyï¿½re loads of fun. Get a group together with the right mindset, and this is once great party flick.
The DVD has no extras except for a trailer. Imagine what this would have been like with some audio commentary from director Rowdy? I would love to hear his philosophical approach to this film. Iï¿½m sure he didnï¿½t have one, but wouldnï¿½t it have added to enjoyment of what Mike Nelson calls ï¿½the finest American filmï¿½ to hear him just make one up?
At this point, Iï¿½m sure you know if ï¿½Road Houseï¿½ is a flick for you. And if you know, go for it. It doesnï¿½t let you down. If it delivers the goods it promises, it gets four stars in my book. Even if it really isnï¿½t that good. But I think thatï¿½s the point.
on January 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!
on December 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! With an unkempt white mane and that unmistakable Southern drawl, Wade dispenses plenty of rapier wit along with some ...-whippings before outliving his usefulness. You also get to see Ben Gazzara, slumming it as the snake-like villain Brad Wesley, somehow manage to maintain a semblance of dignity in a movie that seems committed to insulting your intelligence every chance it gets. And as Dalton's love interest, Kelly Lynch adds little in the way of plot advancement or dialogue, but she does provide some nice scenery... buying it.
on December 10, 2003
What on the surface seems like a basic 80's action film is actually hiding a film that will eventually come to be recognized as THE CITIZEN KANE OF DOWN-SOUTH, PHILOSOPHER BAR BOUNCER MARTIAL ARTS FILMS !
Every line of dialogue is a stroke of genius ("Pain doesn't hurt.."), every costume a master work (I was stunned that it didn't win an oscar just for the Pizza Hut (TM) table cloth dress that Kelly Lynch wore!) and the music probably made John Williams weep that he did not do this film.
No one, but no one could have played the Shakespearian character of Dalton but Patrick Swayze. No one.
Although watching it on DVD does not give you the necessary breaks to catch your breath from the intensity of the film like watching it on TBS does you can always pause it and breath into a paper bag for a few minutes and then go back to it.
Dismissed by many, the true fans can see beneath the surface of this film that was obviously hidden in the wrapper of an action film so that enlightenment could be passed onto the masses.
I have molded my life around Dalton's philosophies and have lived by the simple but truly wise wisdom of:
"I want you to be nice until it's time to not be nice."
on August 11, 2003
This movie is one of those films that has a dumb plot and a worthless meaning usually I can't stand those kind of movies but Roadhouse is exceptional. The film keeps you at interest to what is going on. I like the person Swayze portrays in this film he is a philosophical bouncer who has one of the best names in a film I have ever heard of DALTON! I like the whole philosophy major turned Bouncer it is a nice idea in a film. As far as the other actors go well there is Kelly Lynch who is pure eye candy for the film and will keep any guy interested. Sam Elliot just makes you laugh his character is so dumb and rediculous but very funny. I see alot of people that have been in little films here and there in this film but really the stand out actor here is the star Patrick Swayze. It sure is not one of the greatest pieces of cinema ever created but the film is what it is it is supposed to be a action thriller but many people like myself observe this more of as a Comedy. This is a really good movie for those like myself who just enjoy funny light entertainment with a touch of sleeze.
on April 20, 2003
Road House is one of the worst movies ever made--it's poorly acted, badly written and sloppily directed. But that's why it's so much fun!
Patrick Swayze plays a bouncer named Dalton who has a degree in philosophy, carries his medical history with him and is known as the best bouncer in the country. The owner of a hick bar approaches him to help him clean up his establishment since he's come into a large sum of money and wants to improve it.
Dalton's efforts lead to some of the most unintentionally funny lines ever used in movies. A bouncer having sex with a female patron in a closet tells her "Yeah, you're gonna be my regular Saturday night thing!" just before Dalton walks in on them and fires the bouncer. In another scene, a bouncer Dalton fires shoots back with "You **expletive**! What am I supposed to do?" Dalton answers "There's always barber school."
Co-starring are Ben Gazzara as a sadistic rich guy who owns nearly the entire town (a role he hams up with glee), Kelly Lynch as a doctor and Dalton's love interest (though she's really just there as eye candy) and Sam Elliott as Dalton's friend and mentor who comes to help out when Dalton realizes he's not going to pull the job off alone.
The movie is predictable and formulaic, but for fifteen bucks, it's good dumb fun. For a good double bill of movie trash, watch this with Anaconda!
on March 15, 2003
This is one of the best action films ever made, with plenty of martial arts thrown in. This is in my opinion Patrick Swayze's best role. He plays a bouncer named Dalton who is hired by a roadhouse owner to come and fix up the place, get rid of the bad elements namely the riff-raff that occupy his establishment. Dalton succeeds in doing that and decent people come and party at the roadhouse but there is a problem left. Namely Brad Wesley.
Wesley is buying up the town and forces the townspeople to contribute to his Jasper Improvement Plan. Wesley tries to get Dalton to work for him, but Dalton is insulted over something Wesley says and tells him there is no amount of money that would make him work for Wesley. Now it's Wesley's turn to get insulted.
Wesley has a man working for him that is a martial arts expert and the fight scene between Dalton and this man is one of the most exciting of the century,especially if you're a martial arts lover like me.
Dalton has a friend played by Sam Elliot, another bouncer and when he is killed by Wesley's goons, this motivates Dalton to go after Wesley.But Dalton doesn't kill him. It's a couple of the townspeople who have had enough of Wesley that do. Their shotguns do the trick.