What classic movie watch list is complete without this Swayze hit, Road House? This time we had a special guest, Becca, join us for our weekly movie night, and it was a blast. We had our standard fare, cherry old fashioned drinks (really need to look at some new recipes to try) as well as some fantastic pizza for dinner before the show. We started the film, with enthusiastic calls for “Swayze ass!” from the ladies, only to find out we were watching an edited cut. Of course, that wouldn’t do so we had to find the full, unedited, Swayze ass version to watch the mullet and music hit in all its glory.
Road House is a 1989 action film starring Patrick Swayze, Sam Elliot, and Kelly Lynch. The story revolves around a cooler (a special kind of bouncer) named Dalton (Swayze) who is hired to help clean up a small-town bar known as the Double Duce near Kansas City. The town is run by a rich jerk played by Ben Gazzara, a corrupt business man who extorts all the local business owners for protection money. Dalton cleans up the bar, turning it from a rowdy, brawling hole in the wall to a classy kind of rock and roll bar. Dalton makes an enemy of Gazzara’s Brad Wesley, gets in a fight with some of his henchmen, and meets his love interest (Lynch) in the ER. Finally, the movie culminates in the iconic fight at which time, in a glorious display of geekdom Becca shouted “Kali-mahhh!”, and Dalton rips the throat out of his mullet-wearing, balls-tight jean rival. At the end, as Dalton (who just ended a guy with his bare hands) is getting his ass handed to him by old man Wesley, the local business owners step in and put an end to the corrupt jerk’s life.
The movie over the top with everything. Non-top action for the sake of it. Violence just because. Nudity, yup, some of that too. The story is so unbelievable, it’s almost comical. But, there’s something about Swayze’s charm and Elliot’s hair and voice that make the movie what it is. Dalton’s motivations and cool character are well done, but the bad guys are just silly for the most part. Bar brawls, while the band continues to play behind the chicken wire cage made Becca laugh. We also couldn’t help but notice that the movie is a bit like an SNL (when it was funny) version of Bar Rescue.
Despite that, there is some depth to the movie that is often missed because of the veneer. Dalton’s friendship with Garrett (Elliot) is genuine, and made me want more Swayze/Elliot buddy flicks. Sam Elliot plays a kind of big brother figure to Dalton and there’s a lot of heart in it. Besides those two, I really liked the old farmer who rents his loft to Dalton, Emmet (Played by “Sunshine” Parker). The movie also had a great soundtrack, some of which were delivered by the Jeff Healey Band, who also played the house band for the Double Duce. I also just learned that Swayze himself sang two of the songs on the soundtrack, though nothing as recognizable as his contribution to Dirty Dancing.
I’m sure you’ve seen this one. If not, why not?! Go watch it now, you can thank me later.