Today marks an interesting anniversary in the annals of cinema. The classic Patrick Swayze movie Road House turns 25-years-old.
The bar fight movie that ended all bar fight movies was released in theaters today all the way back in 1989. It starred Swayze as the sage bouncer or “cooler” Dalton who gets hired by the owner of the Double Deuce, a road bar that sees fights just about every night of the week, to teach the locals how to handle the rowdy crowds without getting killed in the process. Of course, he’s hurt his first night on the job and gets stitched up by the local doctor who he falls in love with and angers local crime boss Brad Wesley in the process. The film features an epic showdown between the mullet sporting Swayze and the corrupting Wesley and his crew in a battle over who can take and deliver more punches and beer bottles to the skull in each and every scene.
The movie failed to impress the critics and is often considered one of the worst mainstream movies of all time but it did well enough to earn a cult status among its fans. It even earned an official sequel and there’s also a remake in the works from the guy who directed the first Fast & Furious movie. One of the biggest reasons it has been able to stay firmly planted in the minds of so many fans is the dialogue. We picked our 10 most favorite lines from the movie and GIF-ified them for your pleasure.
Wade Garrett: That gal’s got entirely too many brains to have an ass like that.
Dalton: Pain don’t hurt.
Dalton: I want you to be nice until it’s time to not be nice.
Wade Garrett: I’ll get all the sleep I need when I’m dead.
Emmett: Calling me ‘sir’ is like putting an elevator in an outhouse, it don’t belong.
Dalton: Nobody ever wins a fight.
Dalton: If you’re gonna have a pet, keep it on a leash.
Tinker: A polar bear fell on me.
Dalton: People who really want to have a good time won’t come to a slaughterhouse. And we’ve got entirely too many troublemakers here. Too many 40-year-old adolescents, felons, power drinkers and trustees of modern chemistry.
Dalton: All you have to do is follow three simple rules. One, never underestimate your opponent. Expect the unexpected. Two, take it outside. Never start anything inside the bar unless it’s absolutely necessary. And three, be nice.