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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.
The song "These Arms of Mine" by Otis Redding is playing during the love scene with Patrick Swayze and Kelly Lynch. It was also the song playing in Dirty Dancing (1987) during the love scene between Swayze and Jennifer Grey.
The band playing at the start of the movie is Cruzados. After the band disbanded, lead singer Tito Larriva formed the band Tito & Tarantula, which is the band that plays at the Titty Twister in the movie From Dusk Till Dawn (1996).
At one point, Patrick Swayze was approached to star in the film Predator 2 (1990) but was unable to, because he was injured during the filming of this movie.
Both stars of the movie, Patrick Swayze and Ben Gazzara, subsequently died of pancreatic cancer - Swayze in 2009 and Gazzara in 2012.
Most of the character's names are taken from infamous/famous wild west personalities. Dalton from the 'Dalton Gang', Wade share's his surname with Pat Garrett. Brad, the main villain's surname is the same as John Hardin's middle name, also a notorious villain. Kelly Lynch's character is billed as Doc, a nickname shared with Doc Holliday. There is a character called Emmett and one of the Dalton brothers was also called Emmett. Finally there is a character called Younger as in the James-Younger gang.
The town in which the film is set is a fictional community "outside of Kansas City" called "Jasper", and 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 (as seen throughout the movie). The movie also alludes to "calling a friend in the FBI in Springfield". Springfield, MO, is just over an hour away from Jasper.
Patrick Swayze once commented that during production he was not sure he would live through the making of this movie.
This film is listed among The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE.
Injuries that Dalton (Patrick Swayze) had sustained were two bullet (gunshot) wounds, four steel screws, nine puncture (knife) wounds and thirty-one broken bones.
The exterior shots of "The Double Deuce" and "Red's Auto Parts" were facades that were built on site. The barn that Dalton rents was also built just for the movie.
Dalton doesn't strike anyone until 26 minutes into the final.
Debut film as an actor for musician Jeff Healey who played Cody. The film remains Healey's first, final and only ever acting role.
Actor Patrick Swayze wrote one song, "Cliff's Edge", and sang two tunes for the movie's soundtrack, that track and "Raising Heaven (in Hell) Tonight".
Body Count: 8.
Red West, once a member of Elvis Presley's "Memphis Mafia", portrayed a character, Red Webster, who had the same first name as his own.
An off-Broadway production of "Road House" was produced in 2003. The production had the peculiarly excessively long title of "Road House: The Stage Version Of The Cinema Classic That Starred Patrick Swayze, Except This One Stars Taimak From The 80's Cult Classic The Last Dragon (1985) Wearing A Blonde Mullet Wig".
The character of Dalton was named after the town of Dalton, GA. The film's writer, David Lee Henry, 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.
The picture was nominated for five Golden Raspberry Awards. These were for Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, Worst Actor (Patrick Swayze) and Worst Supporting Actor (Ben Gazzara) but the film failed to win any Razzies in any of these categories.
The name of Dalton (Patrick Swayze)'s occupation was a "cooler" which is specialized professional doorman / bouncer.
The first name of Dalton (Patrick Swayze) was James. This is never referred directly at all in the film but is known indirectly by being listed on a medical chart at the hospital.
The car that Dalton buys at the used car dealership 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 & leaving for Missouri is a 1964 Buick Riviera.
Dalton (Patrick Swayze)'s first name is James. Coincidentally, Road House (1989) debuted in the same year, 1989, as the James Bond movie Licence to Kill (1989) where in that film James (Bond) was played by Dalton - Timothy Dalton. Michael Kamen composed the music score for both films.
Annette Bening was originally cast as Doc. She was replaced with Kelly Lynch who was under contract with United Artists.
The picture was filmed around April, May and June 1988.
First of two "Road House" movies. The film's sequel, Road House 2: Last Call (2006) was made for DVD and released about seventeen years later. The part of Nate Tanner in the follow-up was originally supposed to be James Dalton, Patrick Swayze's character from this movie, but Swayze backed out due to creative differences, and the character was changed. None of the original cast reprized their roles in the sequel.
The picture has often being likened to that of a Western. Showbusiness trade-paper 'Variety' said that the "pic essentially is a Western" whilst 'Rating the Movies' stated that the film was an "updated version of a western".
The book Dalton (Patrick Swayze) is reading is Jim Harrison's "Legends of the Fall". The book was not "A Good Day to Die" but "Legends of the Fall" was from the same author Jim Harrison.
Sharing the same "Dalton" last name as Patrick Swayze's character in this film is Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Andy Dalton whose nick-name because of this movie became "Road House".
When Patrick Swayze takes Kelly Lynch to his room, he turns on the radio. The uncredited song playing is "I Sold My Soul to Rock'N'Roll" by the German heavy metal band Bullett, from their 1984 album, "No Mercy".
Dalton is seen doing Tai chi at one point, although he uses western boxing and mixed martial arts in all the fight scenes.
The first movie to be given the "RiffTrax" treatment by comedian Michael J. Nelson, who recorded a downloadable humorous commentary in the vein of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) to be played in sync with the movie. Nelson had previously claimed this film was the cheesiest movie ever made in his book "Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese".
Star Billing: Patrick Swayze (1st), Ben Gazzara (2nd), Kelly Lynch (3rd) and Sam Elliott (4th).
The picture was "a star vehicle" for actor Patrick Swayze according to show-business trade-paper 'Variety'.
Theatrical trailer shows some deleted scenes; Dalton grabbing some guy for mouth and telling him "Don't be rude!", Wade sitting on couch drinking a beer and saying "So says the fighting philosopher", Carrie Ann sitting in car with Dalton asking him "What's the matter, Dalton? Don't you like women?" and Dalton says "Best i ever had was wonderful", Dalton saying "I'm not afraid of him" in the scene where he talks with Doc before Emmet's house explodes, Wesley in bar after Red's shop has exploded and before fight scene telling Dalton, Red and others; "I guess you'll be having that fire sale now, huh Red?"
This was not the first American movie with this title as an unrelated 1948 movie called Road House (1948) had been made and released by Hollywood around forty-one years earlier.
The make, model and color of Dalton (Patrick Swayze's Mercedes Benz, according to the IMCDb, was a silver light-blue 1986 Mercedes-Benz SEC 560 [C126].
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Originally Keith David (the "Double Deuce" bartender Ernie Bass) had lot more scenes including more dialogue scenes between him and Patrick Swayze's character Dalton, but his scenes were completely deleted along with many others when movie had to be cut to be shorter (original cut was over two hours long).
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The name of the redneck bar and club was "The Double Deuce".
The nick-name of Dr. Elizabeth Clay (Kelly Lynch) was "Doc".
When Dalton drives off in the Mercedes, headed for Jasper, the radio is tuned to 102.7, a legendary NYC FM station (WNEW).
While the end credits are rolling the house band performs one more number.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In the movie's sequel, Road House 2: Last Call (2006), the character of Dalton (Patrick Swayze, who does not appear, is said to have died, shot dead before the follow-up film's events take place. The sequel features just a handful of references to Dalton but the central character is Dalton's son as an adult.

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