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, Amazon.com [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Patrick Swayze stars as Dalton in this modern-day western as a tough guy with poetic instincts and a Mercedes. Fresh from earning his degree in Eastern Philosophy from New York University, mettlesome loner Dalton finds work as a bouncer at a violent road house. Within weeks, Dalton has rid the bar of the trouble-makers ruining its business and has even struck up a romance with a sexy doctor. When Dalton bounces the wrong man, who turns out to be one of local crime boss Brad Wesley's henchmen. Wesley first tries to buy Dalton off, but fails. When Wesley learns of Dalton's new lover, who used to be Wesley's significant other, Wesley vows bloody vengeance. But Dalton, with his unique mixture of brute force and calmness, isn't about to let his college money go to waste... Actors Patrick Swayze, Ben Gazzara, Kelly Lynch & Sam Elliott Director Rowdy Herrington Certificate 18 years and over Year 1989 Screen Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic Languages English ; Spanish ; Italian ; French ; German - Dolby (2.0) Stereo Subtitles French ; Italian ; Spanish ; Dutch ; Swedish ; Norwegian ; Danish ; English For Hearing Impaired ; German For The Hearing Impaired Duration 1 hour and 49 minutes (approx) Region Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.
Philosophy student Dalton (Patrick Swayze) is hired as a bouncer to clean up the rowdy road house 'Double Deuce'. Being a man of ideas, he at first tries to solve problems without resorting to violence, his formidable reputation doing much of the work for him. However, he has not reckoned on the perverse will of the local crimelord (Ben Gazzara), a man with ideas of his own, and despite Dalton's best intentions, much fist-fighting ensues.