Road House

Published November 5, 2021

Road House

Film info

  • Title Road House
  • Director Rowdy Herrington
  • Year 1989
  • Run time 1hr 54m
  • Genres Action, Thriller
  • Tagline Dalton lives like a loner, fights like a professional, and loves like there's no tomorrow

Patrick Swayze is Dalton, a legendary bouncer who comes to Jasper, Missouri, for a special purpose: to restore order at the notorious Double Deuce Bar. In one spectacular fight after another, Dalton rids the bar of thugs and henchmen. But when he runs afoul of a ruthless crime boss who controls the town, the stage is set for a blistering showdown that'll leave only one man standing!

Live blog

Time Comment
2:55 I really haven’t seen Swayze in many things.
4:59 Dude’s just sewing up his own shoulder.
8:38 Woah, they’ve had to fence off the band??
10:28 Nipple to nipple is the worst chat up line I’ve ever heard.
19:36 What’s the point of the question ‘you honest?’
24:12 I think he snuck two rules into one there. I make it four rules.
25:40 What the hell is a cooler?
28:16 “But I’m on my break.” “Stay on it.”
40:36 “Pain don’t hurt.” Strongly disagree.
42:30 No one actually drives a monster truck, surely?
1:01:44 WAIT. They can’t play ‘These Arms of Mine’ during the romance scene. NO.
1:07:09 “You never know son, maybe she’ll be smart enough for the both of you.”
1:15:34 When you’re a doctor, surely you can’t be messing with your sleep patterns like that!!
1:26:14 Surely you can’t get away with driving over cars like that in broad daylight? Some random fire maybe, but mid-day showroom destruction?
1:31:49 I love ye olde red sleep suits.
1:35:26 I don’t know if I want to be with someone that can literally rip someone’s throat out.
1:44:35 I was not expecting attack by polar bear in this movie.


Not knowing what genre we were in the mood for really made this exactly the right film to watch because it’s a very odd tone. It’s sort of like a Western, in that there is a loner coming into town to take on the big bad guy who is terrorising the locals. It’s got fight scenes galore, so that it actually seemed like a celebration of all things BodyCombat. It was fun, and I was with it, right up until the point he ripped the guy’s throat out. Kill or be killed, sure, but that’s an extreme way of getting the upper hand.

Swayze is obviously the draw, and has some exceptional muscles on view, but there’s plenty of scantily clad ladies in there too, so something for everyone. I’m not sure the love story adds much, there’s not a huge amount of chemistry between the two, and I actually cared more about the landlord farmer and local car parts guy. Overall, watchable and entertaining, but it’s hard to say why.

Rating: 3 / 5

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