How well do you remember the '80s hit, Road House?

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Did you see the movie "Road House?" How much of it do you remember? Take this quiz to find out.

Patrick Swayze is no longer with us, but his films will live on forever. In addition to films such as "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost," Swayze starred in the 1989 film "Road House." Swayze as a highly educated bar bouncer? Well, it worked for some, but not for everyone. Unfortunately, for most, it just wasn't considered a good movie. With a $15 million budget, the film grossed only $30 million at the box office, rendering it a flop both monetarily and critically. 

Critics panned the movie as generally bad, but somewhat entertaining for the right viewer. The themes of violence and romance were trite and poorly developed according to most reviewers. The movie continues to rate poorly in the minds of viewers. In addition to Swayze, the film starred Ben Gazzara, Kelly Lynch, and Sam Elliott, and even starred Bigfoot #7, a truck. Hey, it's a movie about a bouncer at a bar called the Double Deuce in Jasper, Missouri... gotta credit the truck.

Take this quiz to see if you can hold your own with the big boys. Let's get started.



In what Missouri town is the Double Deuce located?

"Road House" was actually filmed mostly in inland California.

What persuades Dalton to take the job at the Double Deuce?

Dalton also likes to move around a lot.

When Dalton leaves New York, what does he do with his old Buick?

Dalton's long-term car is a Mercedes, but he doesn't always drive it.

Why does Dalton prefer old Buicks to his Mercedes for driving to work?

Nonetheless, he drives the Mercedes to the Double Deuce his first night there.

As head bouncer, what is Dalton's actual job title?

Appropriate, as in the late 80s, Patrick Swayze was the coolest.

Dalton has three basic rules for his bouncers. What is Rule #3?

"Until it's time to not be nice," Dalton adds.

What is the name of the guitarist that Jeff Healey plays?

Healey, a well-known Canadian musician, died in 2008.

Why does Dalton have the Deuce's bartender fired?

The bartender really was the nephew of bad guy Wesley, but that's not why he was fired.

What is Brad Wesley's chief offense against the people of Jasper?

Wesley does buzz livestock and drive drunk, but that's not the biggest problem Dalton has with him.

What kind of animals does Emmett, Dalton's landlord, keep on his property?

Wesley spooks them by flying low with his helicopter.

How does Dalton meet Elizabeth, his love interest?

He impresses her with tough-guy lines like "Pain don't hurt."

What does Dalton say when Elizabeth asks him "Do you ever win a fight?"

Disclaimer: Swayze wins every fight in the movie (though he needs Wade's help with one).

Who lives right across the river from Emmett and Dalton?

Late in the film, Dalton sends one of Wesley's dead henchman floating back across to his boss.

Who in Jasper is Elizabeth related to?

Red is her uncle; her picture hangs in his auto-parts store.

Where does Dalton call Wade Garrett from?

The director wanted the audience to see Dalton doing everyday things.

What book is Dalton reading when Wesley's pool party distracts him?

Harrison was a revered Western poet and critic.

What kind of car does Elizabeth drive?

Oddly, in the diner scene, Dalton says "I'd better take you back," but Elizabeth is then seen to be driving.

How does Wesley sabotage the car dealership?

Pete, like Red, had refused to pay his protection money.

What event from his past haunts Dalton?

The killing was part of a love triangle; Dalton didn't know his girlfriend was actually married.

How long does the renovation of the Double Deuce take?

The "new" Double Deuce scenes were filmed at a club in Anaheim; the old one was just a set.

What is Wade's nickname for Dalton?

"The Butterscotch Stallion" was a mercifully-brief celeb-magazine nickname for Owen Wilson.

How does Dalton's fight with Jimmy end?

Elizabeth sees Jimmy's fatal wound and recoils from Dalton.

What does the note stuck to Wade's chest say?

The note is better described as "stabbed" to Wade's chest, with the knife that killed him.

Who is in Dalton's Mercedes when it crash-lands on Wesley's property?

The Mercedes, which Dalton took such good care of, is well and thoroughly trashed in this scene.

Why does Tinker survive the final showdown with Dalton?

This happens in Wesley's "trophy room," full of preserved animals he's killed.

Who kills Brad Wesley?

The vigilante-style killing resembled a real-life Missouri murder that was never solved.

What are Elizabeth and Dalton doing in the movie's closing moments?

The ending implies that the nomadic Dalton might be settling down at last.

Where do we see, very briefly, Dalton's first name?

It's James, if you're keeping score.

How many times does Dalton, the philosophy major, quote philosophy in "Road House"?

Maybe he gets credit for saying things like "Pain doesn't hurt" and "Nobody ever wins a fight."

How many times does Dalton dance in "Road House"?

He and Elizabeth listen to the radio and sway a little to the music, but they don't actually dance.

According to "Road House 2," what eventually happened to Dalton?

Swayze's decision not to return for the second film presumably required him to be written out of the script in an interesting way.

"Road House" stars Sam Elliott and Ben Gazzara appeared in what other film?

Ironically, given how bad Wade's language is in "Road House", Elliott's character famously says, "Do you have to use so many cuss words?"

Which actress was initially given the part of Elizabeth Clay, but apparently lacked chemistry with Swayze?

Not sure the re-casting helped ... Variety magazine found the Lynch-Swayze pairing lacking in chemistry as well.

"Road House" was re-made in 2003 as what kind of production?

This is a minor motif in Swayze's career -- his "Point Break" became "Point Break Live!" an audience-participation theater piece.

According to Variety, a planned reboot will star what fighter?

Whether a reboot could attain the same cult status remains to be seen.

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