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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 picture has often being likened to that of a Western. Showbusiness trade-paper 'Variety' said that the "pic essentially is a Western" while 'Rating the Movies' stated that the film was an "updated version of a western".
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".
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?"
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 in a fight when Wade Garrett first meets him outside the back of the Double Deuce. Garrett greets Dalton and calls him "Mijo". Mijo is a contraction of "mi hijo", which translates to 'my son'. The next line comes from a bad guy who tells Garrett to mind his own business and calls him 'Dad'.
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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.