Road House

Win a Cooler!

Director: 
Rowdy Herrington
Year: 
1989
Rating: 
R
Run Time: 
114 mins
Cast: 
Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott

A film of such raw masculinity, such compelling zen wisdom and deep human insight, such beautiful mustaches and mullets, and such blistering pain that it remains the gold standard of 1980s prestige (read gloriously campy) filmmaking.  It's the timeless story of Dalton (Patrick Swayze), a barroom bouncer (or “cooler” as it is termed in the biz), on a mission to turn bring peace to sleazy saloon.

The Double Deuce is the meanest, loudest and rowdiest bar south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and Dalton (Patrick Swayze) has been hired to clean it up. He might not look like much, but the Ph.D.-educated bouncer proves he's more than capable -- busting the heads of troublemakers and turning the roadhouse into a jumping hot-spot. But Dalton's romance with the gorgeous Dr. Clay (Kelly Lynch) puts him on the bad side of cutthroat local big shot Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara).