Patrick Swayze is the kind of actor that just doesn’t disappoint. He’s that stand-up guy; the one we root for; the one we know just won’t let us down. We know him from Dirty Dancing. We know him from Ghost. But how many of us know him from 1989’s Road House?
According to The Internet Movie Database (imbd.com), Road House was nominated for 5 Razzie Awards- the awards given to the worst of the worst in films. But what about those of us who just want a classic 80’s film complete with big hair, tight jeans and great 80’s music, along with all the suspense and undeniably cheesy romance we can hope for? If you’re in it for the glory of the 80’s, you’ll make Road House your next choice for movie night.
We’re greeted with neon lights and rock and roll, pulling us into the typical 80’s nightlife. People are drinking, people are dancing, and it’s not too long before people are fighting.
Our first introduction to Dalton (Patrick Swayze) is projected through his first two lines of dialogue.
“I think it’s time for you gentlemen to leave,” he says. They object.
“Outside,” he says. They’re history.
He never raises his voice. He never gets angry. He’s the bouncer you don’t want to mess with.
The businessman looking for someone to clean up his bar seems to agree. He’s heard about Dalton and stops at nothing to get Dalton to work for him.
Always ready for the next challenge, Dalton finds himself in Jasper, Missouri, staring at what looks like a complete lost-cause. But he loves it; he walks in smirking and ready.
We see the uncivilized condition this bar is in. The patrons are so violent and offensive, the band is found performing behind a fenced in cage! It doesn’t take long for these people to realize who just walked in through their door. His reputation speaks for itself and suddenly everyone’s on edge.
We rest assured in knowing it also doesn’t take long before he starts cleaning the place up, done in the classic suaveness that is Patrick Swayze- on and off the stage.
He makes his three rules of operation very clear to the bar staff- one, expect the unexpected, two, take it outside, and three, be nice.
“Watch my back… and each others… and take out the ‘trash’,” he says.
One of his classic firings involves a cocky bouncer who gets caught having sex with one of the patrons in a back room.
“Steve, you’re history,” he says calmly.
“But I’m on my break!” he protests.
We all know the response to that, right? “Stay on it,” he says. Awesome!
He lets everyone know it’ll get worse before it gets better.
The suspense continues and so does his sex appeal as we get a sneak peak at his tightly toned backside!
Soon he’s getting into fights that have him in the hospital. And things start to get interesting for him, to say the least. He happens to end up with a sexy blond doctor played by co-star Kelly Lynch (Charlie’s Angels) who’s eager to find out how this Philosophy major ended up as a bouncer. He insists, of course, that it’s just luck.
“Do you always win?” she asks.
“Nobody ever wins a fight,” he says.
A die-hard bouncer with a thoughtful conscious; a less than large man with the ability to intimidate without saying much; we learn it’s not the size of the man, but the knowledge and strength he carries inside that keeps him on top.
Before long, Dalton has the place looking like the only place to be in town. The lines are forming out the door and the band is entertaining freely- without the need for protection!
Swayze also doesn’t disappoint in the sizzling love scene with Lynch, a scene worth watching over a couple of times!
It’s only when everything seems to be going well that we realize Dalton is haunted by his past and only gets worse when he’s forced to relive it. How will he be able to get through this on top again and at what cost?
The drama, the romance, the suspense, the revenge; Road House has it all, along with the thrilling end for you to experience.
There doesn’t come a better time to see Road House since the release of a special edition DVD in September 2008.
Patrick Swayze doesn’t fail to give you exactly what you need…”when the night comes falling,” (the Jeff Healy Band).
(It has now been a year since Jeff Healey, legendary Canadian blues and jazz guitarist who was blind, lost his life-long battle with cancer on March 2, 2008 at the age of 41.)
(Source: The Internet Movie Database, Road House (1989))
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