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      Road House

      1989, Action/Mystery & thriller, 1h 52m

      46 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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      Whether Road House is simply bad or so bad it's good depends largely on the audience's fondness for Swayze -- and tolerance for violently cheesy action. Read critic reviews

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      The Double Deuce is the meanest, loudest and rowdiest bar south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and Dalton (Patrick Swayze) has been hired to clean it up. He might not look like much, but the Ph.D.-educated bouncer proves he's more than capable -- busting the heads of troublemakers and turning the roadhouse into a jumping hot-spot. But Dalton's romance with the gorgeous Dr. Clay (Kelly Lynch) puts him on the bad side of cutthroat local big shot Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara).

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Action, Mystery & thriller

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Rowdy Herrington

      • Producer: Joel Silver

      • Writer: R. Lance Hill, R. Lance Hill, Hilary Henkin

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $27.4M

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      • Distributor: United Artists, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc.

      • Production Co: Silver Pictures

      • Sound Mix: Surround

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      • Oct 31, 2019

        Road House is not a gem, it's a gritty what the hell movie that is entertaining. Expecting the film to be something critically acclaimed is the common error of critics and fans. Swayze was an interesting and quite aspiring in the central role. He adds a level of star power that didn't really need to be there. The film deserved to be a mild box office hit. It was not a poor film, but what it was, was weird and not the traditional action film model. Road House is a guilty film, hands down. Will it hurt the world to be in existence? No. The film has its fans and haters, but I thought this was fun for what it was. 30/10/2019

        brendan n Super Reviewer
      • Sep 19, 2015

        There's only one real reason I watched this and that is Family Guy. That's pretty much all I have to say and some people will instantly understand. I don't think I may have even bothered watching this movie at all if it wasn't for Family Guy. I'm glad I did though, because this film is supremely entertaining. I know the rating is misleading for the statement I just mad. But, if we're being fair and objective here, this film is technically fucking awful. Yet, it's that awfulness that makes the film as much fun to watch as it is. The film is pretty much terrible right from the very beginning since we're supposed to believe that, somehow, and I know this was 1989, so standards were different, Patrick Swayze was a martial arts master. If Patrick Swayze is a martial arts master then I'm an astrophysicist. And no, I'm not an astrophysicist. But, again, the fact that they try to pass off Patrick Swayze as a man who can kick your ass without putting in any effort is a laughable idea. Though, again, that adds to the camp of the film. This is clearly before people like Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian (the latter two from The Raid) came into the equation and you saw what real martial arts masters looked like. What I mean by that is the choreography aspect of it and not necessarily that they'd do great in legit combat sports. Watching Swayze throw spinning kicks that barely hit a guy's back is immensely laughable. Don't get me wrong, I like Swayze. I thought he was charismatic enough to be a lead in an action film with, say, a lot of gunfights. He's just not good enough to be the lead in a film where he has to use his hands and feet to do his fighting. The fighting scenes are pretty basic here. The plot is preposterous. I mean it was an 80s action film, what the fuck can you expect? Dalton's a bouncer who's hired away from this club in order to take over the Double Deuce, where he immediately angers pretty much everybody that you don't wanna piss off in the town. There's a rich megavillain, who has the cops in his pocket and who's sabotaging the businesses of everyone who won't play by his rules. He also has his hired goons. Typical 80s stuff. It's nonsensical, goofy and over-the-top. Perhaps not as over the top as, say, some of the Rambo sequels, but still goofy. There's a hilarious scene where Dalton literally rips a guy's throat out. This is just 80s action badness all around. It sort of goes without saying that the characters are one-dimensional as fuck. Given that this an 80s action movie, you can't really expect much in the way of character development. What else can I say really? This is an entertainingly terrible movie. It's good to watch with a group of friends so you can laugh at it. One thing though. They did announce a remake starring Ronda Rousey. I don't have anything wrong with the casting of Ronda Rousey as the lead, she's a legit badass with some serious skills. The problem is the fact that a large part of this film's campiness came from Swayze himself not exactly being a believable martial arts master. Now that you have Ronda Rousey as the lead, someone with actual skills, that campiness won't be there because she actually makes a very believable heroine. Maybe the story will still be as campy, but there's no way you can laugh at Ronda Rousey's expertise as a fighter. It would've been the same had they cast Iko Uwais as Dalton in the remake. With that said, I do think that Ronda Rousey is a good choice for the lead role in the remake. I'd recommend this film if only for the camp factor. Don't watch this if your favorite filmmaker is Andrei Tarkovsky. Not that there's anything wrong with that mind you, I own Stalker on DVD, it's just that Road House won't be your cup of tea if you prefer more thought-provoking and complex films. With that said, I was very entertained by its badness. If you can appreciate that, then this is a definite must-watch.

        jesse o Super Reviewer
      • Jul 16, 2015

        I'm not going to lie, if you take this as a serious film, it's awful. If you look at it like 80s cheese though, it's so much fun to watch. Everything about this film, every single minute of it, is 80s cheese. And the ending is hilariously bad. This film is worth a watch just for its cheesiness.

        Stephen S Super Reviewer
      • Sep 06, 2010

        I caught this on TV once a little while ago, there's just a bunch of fighting and tough guys in bars. The dialogue is bad, and the story boring.

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