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Road House [DVD] [1989]

Patrick Swayze , Kelly Lynch , Rowdy Herrington    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott, Ben Gazzara, Marshall R. Teague
  • Directors: Rowdy Herrington
  • Writers: David Lee Henry, Hilary Henkin
  • Producers: Joel Silver, Steve Perry, Tim Moore
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 11 July 2002
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UQVZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,561 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Road House is one of those movies that helped usher out the era of action films that had feasible plot lines (and also helped reverse the direction of Patrick Swayze's career arc). Swayze stars as Dalton: a handsome, existential bouncer who owns both a degree in philosophy and a Mercedes and that's perhaps the most believable aspect of the whole movie. Dalton 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. 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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Sequel to the 1989 Patrick Swayze cult classic. When undercover DEA agent Shane (Johnathon Schaech) learns that his uncle Nate (Will Patton) has been brutally assaulted by thugs in a violent attempt to muscle away ownership of the battered bar owners lucrative watering hole, he hastily comes to his uncles rescue while attempting to locate the powerful drug lord who authorised the attack. Now, as an endless barrage of drug runners descends upon the Black Pelican with every intention of using brute force to claim the place as their own, its up to Shane to take on the toughest fighters in the underworld save his uncles bar the only way that he knows how.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two Hour Stimulation Pill 14 Dec 2007
By Jay
Road House is one of those films you spend about two hours watching and never really understand what is happening but you're too entertained to care. It is about Dalton (Swayze), the greatest bouncer, who has come to a small road house to instill order. He cleans up the bar's poor crop of bouncers and manages to fall in love with the town doctor. All the while, pissing off the local crime boss. Monster trucks, tons of breasts, kung fu, and a blind guitarist later, you still don't have to think to be amused.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast of an action movie 14 July 2012
This is what an action movie should be like. Great characters, awesome music, fun and gritty action scenes, a likeable protagonist and an excellent villain. I've always enjoyed Road House. It's just a great movie to enjoy again and again. The film is nearly 2 hours but it doesn't feel like it. The plot isn't very complex but it works for this kind of movie. Patrick Swayze plays a bouncer who is sent to a place called the Double Deuce to clean it up but learns of the town villain Brad Wesley who has the town under his control and as the movie goes on, becomes even more sinister and deadly. You actually really dislike the antagonist which is great and done well. Ben Gazzara does an excellent job as the town's feared guardian and tormenter and when Dalton (Swayze) gets his revenge for things I cannot reveal it's exciting.

The music is superb, there are a range of different songs but a majority of them are from The Jeff Healey band, some which are covers (IMO much better than the originals.) The music fits the movie and is mainly rock/blues.

There is a lot of action in this movie to satisfy fans, plus a lot of brutal fighting. There is also a mix of comedy and emotion. I can't figure out why this movie did poorly at the time but at least there are many fans who appreciate it for what it is.

Overall this movie isn't complex or deep but it's an exciting action packed rollercoaster packed with awesome music. A Patrick Swayze classic that will always be enjoyed.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought you'd be bigger 20 Feb 2001
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This a film that as its ups and downs but overall this is one of patrick swayze's better films.Dalton is the best bouncer in the business and he is asked to clean up the mess by Wesley and his goons.1 by 1 he knocks of wesley's goons and then gets ready for the final showdown.Along the way he falls in love with Wesley's ex who is a doctor at the local hospital.Then he asks his old pal for help and things then go from bad to worse.There is an execellent sound track and the film has good support from Jeff healey who plays Cody who used to sing at daltons old club. He shows why he is canada's number one musical export.The film is not as violent that it is made out to be there are some good fight scences in it.This is a film that is overall very good and i would recommed anyone to buy it.The choice is yours.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best US film of the era 8 Aug 2003
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You have to love this film. Genius 80's cheese. The script ain't bad, the acting is reasonable and the fight scenes were choreographed by Benny The Jet, who kickboxers will know as a bit of a hero. Oh and it helps to be drunk to truly appreciate it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Dalton {Patrick Swayze} is a highly regarded professional cooler of bars and clubs. He is hired by Frank Tilghman {Kevin Tighe} to clean up his Double Deuce Road House down in Jasper, Missouri. A rough drunken and bloody place, the Double Deuce is just the start of Dalton's problems as he falls foul of town despot Brad Wesley {Ben Gazzara}.

I don't know if it's the same the world over, but here in Britain a bouncer is very different to that of a doorman. This is something that anyone who has been in and round the profession can attest to. So even tho the casting of Swayze at first glance seemed an odd one, his character Dalton {wonderfully essayed by him actually} is the epitome of a doorman, where violence is the last resort and used only in extreme circumstances. All of which makes Road House an interesting film in the context of its subjects, it's only when the makers resort to cheap tricks and heavy formula that the film descends into soggy popcorn fodder.

The fight scenes are competently handled here, and the characters are an engaging bunch {an axis between Dalton and his landlord Emmet is particularly warm}. It's also a very sexy film, mucho machismo for the lads and ladies as Swayze buffs up and kicks butt, while Kelly Lynch sets pulses raising as the perfectly toned, obligatory love interest, Doc Clay. A huge question remains tho as to if Road House means to be as cheese funny as it is? Because outside of the obvious jokes {plenty} there's cringe moments that make you wonder if it's comedy first, hard buttock actioner second? Be that as it may, Road House is an entertaining film regardless. Scorned by many but cherished by a lot, it remains a late 80s genre splicer that now has something of a cult following. See it at least if only for Sam Elliott's delightful turn as Wade Garrett, the cooler with a reputation as big as Jasper itself. 7/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past 1 Sep 2010
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Great movie - Brings you back to when you first watched it and when Patrick Swayze was at it's best. Sure it's a cheesy 'hero versus villain' modern day cowboy film - But surely all the better for it! Good soundtrack and takes you back to the eighties!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pain don't hurt... 27 Jan 2014
When it becomes too violent at the Double Deuce road house, the club owner hires Dalton, a professional head bouncer, to clean it up.

But Dalton's early successes and budding romance with the local doctor enrages Wesley, the town crime boss.

When Dalton continues to defy him, the stage is set for a dramatic confrontation that will test Dalton's limits and decide the fate of the town.....

What you have to realise before you see this movie, is the fact that it's was made in 1989' it starred an oiled Patrick Swayze, who was known by teenage girls at that time as 'The Swizzle', produced by the greatest producer of the eighties Joel Silver, and directed by a man called Rowdy Herrington.

And it's the biggest load of cobblers released that year, but boy, is it a lot of fun.

Swayze is great as Dalton, with trousers right up to his pecs, and a mullet that is tighter than his jeans. He warns people before he starts, and is always nice, but this film has at least an action scene every five minutes, despite Dalton's rules.

Gazzara is hilarious as the villain, and threatens the town by letting them know that if it wasn't for him, they wouldn't have a photo processing booth in the town......very sinister.

The acting is corny, Sam Niell pops up just to make the film that little bit cooler, features one of the most abhorrent henchmen, (" I used to **** guys like you in prison), and if it was made today, it would be cut to shreds, because there is so much nudity going on, its unbelievable.

So all in all its a funny treat. The type of film which features a monster truck, and any film that features a monster truck has to crush a number of cars.

Plus it's the greatest film ever made about a stuffed Polar Bear falling on a henchman who could have easily stepped out of the way.
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