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Road House

September 10, 2013

USA | 1989 | Rowdy Herrington

All you have to do is follow three simple rules. One, never underestimate your opponent. Expect the unexpected. Two, take it outside. Never start anything inside the bar unless it’s absolutely necessary. And three, be nice.

The battle over a single small-town nightclub has never been so intense, and in the middle stands James Dalton (Patrick Swayze), a muscular, mulleted manwich from New York City hired to clean up the Double Deuce. But when he falls foul of the local beer baron (a teeth-gnashing Ben Gazzara), the philosophical bouncer is forced to take matters into his own hands, protect the woman he loves (Kelly Lynch), and save Jasper, Missouri from the clutches of organized crime. Beloved by the likes of Michael J. Nelson, Peter Griffin, and Seattle's own David Schmader (who calls this film "Showgirls for boys"), Road House is for anybody who ever wanted to see Swayze do topless Tai chi, trade quips with Sam Elliott, then nonchalantly rip out another man’s throat. From the director of Striking Distance. - Marcus Gorman

Director: Rowdy Herrington
Principal Cast: Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott, Ben Gazzara, Jeff Healey
Country: USA
Year: 1989
Format: 35mm