Road House is a 1989 American action movie directed by Rowdy Herrington and starring Patrick Swayze as a bouncer at a newly refurbished roadside bar who protects a small town in Missouri from a corrupt businessman. Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about Road House.
1. Sam Elliott co-stars as a bouncer, the mentor, friend and foil of Patrick Swayze’s character.
2. Apart from Patrick Swayze and Sam Elliot, the cast also includes Kelly Lynch as Swayze’s love interest and Ben Gazzara as the main antagonist.
3. Although the movie wasn’t a major box office success, it did well on home video and cable television. Over time, the movie gained a cult following.
4. Road House was nominated for five Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Supporting Actor, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay.
5. The movie is listed in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson’s book The Official Razzie Movie Guide as one of The 100 Most Enjoyable Bad Movies Ever Made.
6. The soundtrack for Road House featured Canadian guitarist Jeff Healey, whose band was featured in the movie as the house band for the Double Deuce.
7. Cruzados were the band in the opening credits, contributing three songs to the movie that never made the soundtrack.
8. Patrick Swayze wrote one song and sang two for the soundtrack of Road House.
9. The movie’s score was composed by Michael Kamen.
10. According to Kelly Lynch, whenever Bill Murray sees her sex scene with Patrick Swayze on television, he calls her husband, Mitch Glazer, to tease him about it.
11. Patrick Swayze was trained by kickboxing champion and action star Benny Urquidez, who also had a small cameo in the movie.
12. At one point, Patrick Swayze was approached to star in Predator 2, but was unable to because he was injured during the filming of Road House.
13. Annette Bening was originally cast as Doc. She was replaced by Kelly Lynch, who was under contract to United Artists. Lynch claims that Bening was fired due to a lack of chemistry with Patrick Swayze.
14. Patrick Swayze once commented that during production, he wasn’t sure he would live through the making of the movie.
15. According to Sam Elliott, all of the actors did their own stunts. They were all trained by Benny Urquidez, a holder of nine black belts in nine different disciplines. Urquidez believed so much in Patrick Swayze’s abilities, that he suggested to him that he should become a competitive kickboxer.
16. During their fight, Marshall R. Teague slams a log against Patrick Swayze. He thought that it was a breakable prop log, however, it wasn’t. By the end, Swayze was covered in bruises.
17. The exterior shots of the Double Deuce and Red’s Auto Parts were facades that were built on-site. The barn that Dalton rented was also built just for the movie.
18. Sam Elliott claimed that Road House is for what he’s recognized the most. Ironically, he almost turned it down because he thought it was too similar to his role in Mask.
19. The town in which the movie is set is a fictional community, “outside of Kansas City,” called Jasper. As Dalton drives into town, the “Welcome to Jasper” sign is visible. There actually is a Jasper, Missouri, south of Kansas City, and it has numerous rivers running near it.
20. Dalton was a “cooler,” which is a more specialized form of bouncer.
21. Injuries that Dalton had sustained during the entire movie were two gunshot wounds, four steel screws, nine knife wounds and 31 broken bones.
22. The character of Dalton was named after Dalton, Georgia. Screenwriter R. Lance hill, was passing through and stopped at a local bar. The establishment and its patrons left an impression on him, and as a tribute to the town, he named the protagonist Dalton.
23. Patrick Swayze had to have bodyguards during filming because female fans would mob him.
24. The scene where Dalton lectures the Double Deuce staff about the three simple rules is shown to police officers. This started after it was reported that the police officers were falling asleep during lectures.
25. According to Rowdy Herrington, he purposely incorporated red into Doc’s wardrobe and surroundings. There were a lot of primary colors throughout the movie.
26. The movie’s humor is somewhat intentional. Director Rowdy Herrington said that he wanted to make the fights, “like a Keystone Cops melee.”
27. The car that Dalton bought at the used car lot was a 1965 Buick Riviera, the only year that Buick used the “clamshell” headlight covers for the Riviera. The other car that he drives near the beginning of the movie before picking up his Mercedes-Benz and leaving for Missouri was a 1964 Buick Riviera.
28. The different fighting styles used in the movie, include basic street scuffling, boxing, kickboxing, karate, jiujitsu, Taekwondo, hapkido, judo and tai chi.
29. Patrick Swayze claimed that the movie, “changed the concept of club security across the planet.” Rowdy Herrington says that’s an appeal of the movie: “It goes into a world people hadn’t seen.”
30. Dalton is in a fight when Wade Garrett first meets him outside the back of the Double Deuce. Garrett greets Dalton and calls him “mijo.” That is a contraction of the Spanish words “mi hijo,” which means “my son.”