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Road House

With Road House, United Artists hotwires Patrick Swayze a star vehicle shackled by a couple of flat tires in the script department. Ill-conceived and unevenly executed, pic essentially is a Western - a loner comes in to clean up a bar, of all things, and ends up washing and drying the whole town - but its vigilante justice, lawlessness and wanton violence feel ludicrous in a modern setting.

With:
Patrick Swayze Kelly Lynch Sam Elliott Ben Gazzara Marshall Teague Julie Michaels

With Road House, United Artists hotwires Patrick Swayze a star vehicle shackled by a couple of flat tires in the script department. Ill-conceived and unevenly executed, pic essentially is a Western – a loner comes in to clean up a bar, of all things, and ends up washing and drying the whole town – but its vigilante justice, lawlessness and wanton violence feel ludicrous in a modern setting.

A club owner (Kevin Tighe) recruits Dalton (Swayze) to clean up his bar, which is frequented by lowlifes and bikers. At first, Dalton avoids fighting when possible yet carries a big rep – including the label of having killed a man.

Road House degenerates into a seemingly endless series of fistfights, egged on by bad guy Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara), who runs the town. The wispy subplot involves a flat romantic attachment for Dalton by a leggy and beautiful local doctor (Kelly Lynch) who turns up with thick glasses and her hair in a bun.

Director Rowdy Herrington has a flair for lensing the fisticuffs – especially a particularly brutal encounter between Swayze and Wesley’s top mugger (Marshall Teague). But there’s just far too much of it.

Road House

Production: United Artists/Silver. Director Rowdy Herrington; Producer Joel Silver; Screenplay David Lee Henry, Hilary Henkin; Camera Dean Cundey; Editor Frank Urioste, John LInk; Music Michael Kamen

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 114 MIN.

With: Patrick Swayze Kelly Lynch Sam Elliott Ben Gazzara Marshall Teague Julie Michaels

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