An off-Broadway production of this film was produced in 2003. It 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 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 played at the Titty Twister in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996).
Due to a knee injury he sustained during filming, Patrick Swayze turned down the roles of Gabriel Cash in Tango & Cash (1989) and Mike Harrigan in Predator 2 (1990). He chose to make Ghost (1990) as his follow-up instead, as it was a less physically strenuous role. The knee injury ended up being a blessing in disguise, as Ghost (1990) ended up being a big hit, and received critical acclaim.
Many of the characters' names are taken from infamous or famous wild west personalities: Wade Garrett shares his surname with Pat Garrett, the Sheriff who shot and killed Billy the Kid. Brad Wesley, the main villain in the film, has the same last name as the middle name of John Wesley Hardin, one of the most notorious and cold-blooded killers in the history of the west (he once fired through a wall into the next room of a hotel where he was sleeping and killed a man whose snoring was bothering him). Kelly Lynch's character was nicknamed "Doc", a nickname shared with gunfighter John Henry "Doc" Holliday. The character who owns the barn where Dalton rents a room, Emmett, has the first name of Emmett Dalton, leader of the notorious bandit ring The Dalton Gang. The "Double Deuce" bar owner "Tilghman" is named after lawman Bill Tilghman of Dodge City and Oklahoma fame. Finally, there is a character named Younger, which was the last name of Cole Younger, another notorious western bandit and killer.
According to Sam Elliott, all of the actors did their own stunts. They were all trained by Benny "The Jet" 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.
First of two "Road House" movies. The sequel, Road House 2: Last Call (2006), was made for DVD. 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 reprised their roles in the sequel.
The original cut of the movie was two and a half hours long, which meant that lot of the stuff had to be cut out. Some of the deleted scenes include Dalton making the other bouncers wear ballet outfits and dance as part of their training, and there is also a still picture showing Dalton fighting with Ketchum (guy with knife-boot) inside the Double Deuce in a different fight than the one in the film, and most of Kathleen Wilhoite's scenes (who played Carrie Ann) were deleted. The theatrical trailer shows some deleted scenes; Dalton grabbing some guy by the mouth and telling him "Don't be rude!", Wade sitting on a couch drinking a beer and saying "So says the fighting philosopher", Carrie Ann sitting in a 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 Emmett's house explodes, Wesley in the 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?" According to the director's commentary, some of the other sequences which got cut out because the movie was too long were; a fight scene where Keith David (Ernie Bass, the Double Deuce bartender) is introduced, in which he arrives in the Double Deuce with his girlfriend and gets into a fight with some rednecks, and then Dalton hires him to work as a bartender. There were also a lot more scenes between him and Dalton. A scene where the Sheriff of the town is introduced was also cut. There was a scene which explained Wade's "Rose" tattoo, he explained how that was the name of the girl who was his one true love, and how he blew it with her, and he also told Dalton not to make the same mistake. Final showdown in Wesley's mansion originally had Dalton knocking out all of Wesley's henchmen on-screen, while in the final cut, he is shown taking out the last three.
Patrick Swayze's handsomeness caused problems during filming. A pickup truck containing a group of middle-aged blonde women attempted to drive right up to the star's trailer to meet the actor. During the big fight by the river, a raft of Swayze-loving ladies sailed by. A female extra playing a waitress was too busy staring at Swayze to watch where she was going and tripped, spilling all of her drinks on another extra.
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 F.B.I. in Springfield." Springfield, Missouri is sixty-five miles away from Jasper.
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.
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".
The scene where Dalton lectures the Double Deuce staff about the three simple rules ("Be nice") is shown to police officers. This started after it was reported that cops were falling asleep during the lectures.
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.
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). It didn't win any.
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".
After the five-day long shoot fighting Marshall R. Teague, Patrick Swayze needed 2.5 ounces of fluid drained from his left knee. He apparently had been suffering through knee problems before, needing a similar procedure during production on Dirty Dancing (1987).
Red West, once a member of Elvis Presley's "Memphis Mafia", played characters named Red in this movie, Almost Made (2004), and The A-Team (1983) season four, episode seventeen, "Waiting for Insane Wayne".
On Family Guy (1998) season eight, episode four, "Brian's Got a Brand New Bag", Peter Griffin bought the "Road House" DVD at a going-out-of-business sale at Quahog Video. After watching the film, Peter begins to believe that all of life's problems can be solved by kicking. After kicking his target, he would say the film's name as a catchphrase of sorts. The episode was dedicated to Patrick Swayze, who had died of pancreatic cancer several weeks before the episode aired.
In 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.
Particular criticism in the wake of the film's box-office disappointment was directed at United Artists for marketing the film as lighter and more comedic, in order to attract female moviegoers who had enjoyed Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing (1987). However, the film's long afterlife on video and cable made it a cult classic, and cemented admiration for it as hyper-masculine camp.
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 and Kelly Lynch are at his house and Swayze is tuning the radio, the first song he stops at, which they both sneer at, is Bullet's "I Sold My Soul to Rock N' Roll". When Bullet is heard singing the lyrics "I sold my soul, my soul to rock n' roll", there is a really wild two-second guitar squeal or note sounding at the same time. This little guitar part cannot be heard on the official released version of that song.
There are several things that are related to Elvis Presley: Back in the Double Deuce after Red's auto parts store is blown up, Brad Wesley tells Cody "Elvis, play something with balls"; Marshall R. Teague (Jimmy) played Rick Colton, a martial arts instructor who had an affair with Priscilla Presley) in Elvis and Me (1988), which was based on Priscilla's autobiography; Red West, who played Red Webster, knew Elvis Presley in high school and was a member of "The Memphis Mafia".
The scene where the monster truck drives through the Ford dealership is Bigfoot 7 driven by former driver and Vice President of Bigfoot 4x4 Jim Kramer. It cost five hundred thousand dollars dollars and was done in one take. Bigfoot had to be repainted after the scene, and went on to crush cars throughout the country and the world.
Dalton's rules of bouncing goes as followed: 1) Never underestimate your opponent. Expect the unexpected. 2) Take it outside. Never start anything inside the bar unless it is absolutely necessary and 3) Be nice.
Although the film was given the R rating in America. The 18 rating in England and the R rating in Australia. The film was given the M rating in New Zealand despite it's graphic bar fight sequences, profanity and sexual content.
In one scene in Tilghman's office a framed picture called "The Baseball Player" is seen, with the players represented seemingly from the classic baseball era. Kevin Tighe (Tilghman) was in the baseball movie Eight Men Out (1988), where he played bookie Joseph "Sport" Sullivan, who was involved in the 1918 World Series "Black Sox" scandal.