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

By: Jodi C
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How well do you remember the '80s hit, Road House?
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About This Quiz

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.



Why does Dalton have the Deuce's bartender fired?
He was skimming
He was dealing drugs
He was connected to Brad Wesley
He didn't get along with any of the bouncers
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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How does Dalton meet Elizabeth, his love interest?
She's on duty in the ER when he comes in
She stops to commiserate when his car is vandalized
She's at the diner when he comes in for coffee
He stops Wesley's goons from harassing her on the street
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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Who lives right across the river from Emmett and Dalton?
Frank Tilghman
Brad Wesley
Carrie-Ann the waitress
Cody the guitarist
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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How does Wesley sabotage the car dealership?
He breaches the dam and has it flooded
He has all the inventory repossessed
His personal favorite -- firebombing
He has a monster truck squash several cars
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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What event from his past haunts Dalton?
His brother was killed in a bar fight
He was badly beaten back when he was a skinny, brainy philosophy student
He killed a man in Memphis
He saw a hunter kill his mother
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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What does Dalton say when Elizabeth asks him "Do you ever win a fight?"
"All the fights I want to."
"I'm not paid to win fights, I'm paid to prevent them."
"Try me sometime."
"Nobody ever wins a fight."
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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What kind of animals does Emmett, Dalton's landlord, keep on his property?
Sheep
Goats
Horses
Pigeons and doves
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Wesley spooks them by flying low with his helicopter.

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What kind of car does Elizabeth drive?
A white BMW
A Volkswagen Beetle
A red Jeep
An old step-side pickup
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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Why does Dalton prefer old Buicks to his Mercedes for driving to work?
He doesn't like to attract attention
He never registered the Mercedes under his own name
Disgruntled bar patrons tend to vandalize his car
He needs to tail people incognito
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Wrong Answer

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

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Why does Tinker survive the final showdown with Dalton?
He was at the dentist at the time
Dalton told him he was too innocent to kill
He hid in a closet
A stuffed polar bear fell on him, knocking him out
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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What is Brad Wesley's chief offense against the people of Jasper?
He scares livestock by buzzing them with a helicopter
He drives drunk, frightening and injuring people
He's just all-around crass
He extorts protection money under the guise of a civic-improvement association
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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As head bouncer, what is Dalton's actual job title?
Floor chief
Cooler
Doorman
Leadman
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Wrong Answer

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

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Who is in Dalton's Mercedes when it crash-lands on Wesley's property?
Dalton
Wade's body
The body of one of Wesley's goons
No one; there's a knife pinnng down the gas pedal
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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Where do we see, very briefly, Dalton's first name?
His driver's license
His job application
His medical records
His arrest record
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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Who in Jasper is Elizabeth related to?
Brad Wesley
Red Webster
Pete the car dealer
No one
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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How does Dalton's fight with Jimmy end?
Jimmy flees the scene and Jasper overall
Jimmy stabs Elizabeth, causing her to rethink her relationship with Dalton
Dalton kills Jimmy by stabbing him in the heart
Dalton kills Jimmy by ripping out his throat
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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What persuades Dalton to take the job at the Double Deuce?
Tilghman and his father were friends.
He likes the looks of Tilghman's daughter
He doesn't get along with the boss at his current club
Apparently, the money's just good enough
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Dalton also likes to move around a lot.

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What does the note stuck to Wade's chest say?
"Too late."
"It was tails."
"Get out while you still can."
"Snitches get stitches."
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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How many times does Dalton dance in "Road House"?
None
Once, in the opening scene in New York
Once, at the Double Deuce
Twice -- both in New York and at the Deuce
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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In what Missouri town is the Double Deuce located?
Kings River
St. Joseph
Jasper
Springfield
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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Who kills Brad Wesley?
Dalton, of course
Elizabeth
A group of townspeople
No one, he survives
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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What is Wade's nickname for Dalton?
Mijo
Loco
Wild Man
The Butterscotch Stallion
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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Dalton has three basic rules for his bouncers. What is Rule #3?
Stay alert
Stay sober
Be nice
Absolutely no guns
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"Until it's time to not be nice," Dalton adds.

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When Dalton leaves New York, what does he do with his old Buick?
Gives it to his bouncer friend Wade
Stashes it in a garage
Gives it to a homeless man
Abandons it under a bridge
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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Where does Dalton call Wade Garrett from?
A laundromat
Emmett's place
A phone booth on Main Street
Jail
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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What is the name of the guitarist that Jeff Healey plays?
Cody
Elvis
Charlie
His own name, Jeff
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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What are Elizabeth and Dalton doing in the movie's closing moments?
Kissing
Skinny dipping
Drinking
Saying goodbye
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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How long does the renovation of the Double Deuce take?
One month
Six weeks
All summer
It seems to happen overnight.
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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How many times does Dalton, the philosophy major, quote philosophy in "Road House"?
Once -- just Plato
Twice -- Plato and Aristotle
Three times -- Plato, Aristotle and Kierkegaard
He never quotes philosophy
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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"Road House" was re-made in 2003 as what kind of production?
Off-Broadway musical
Animated feature
Faux found-footage documentary
A series on TNT
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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According to "Road House 2," what eventually happened to Dalton?
He followed Doc to Africa, where she did humanitarian work
He went back to New York, where he is still a famous bouncer
He was shot and killed
He died after a Double Deuce bar fight
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

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

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What book is Dalton reading when Wesley's pool party distracts him?
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Jim Harrison's "Legends of the Fall"
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
Sartre's "Being and Nothingness"
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Harrison was a revered Western poet and critic.

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"Road House" stars Sam Elliott and Ben Gazzara appeared in what other film?
Kill Bill Vol. 1
Fight Club
The Big Lebowski
Unforgiven
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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?"

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According to Variety, a planned reboot will star what fighter?
Brock Lesnar
Ronda Rousey
John Cena
The Rock
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Wrong Answer

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

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Which actress was initially given the part of Elizabeth Clay, but apparently lacked chemistry with Swayze?
Meg Ryan
Annette Bening
Rebecca DeMornay
Christina Applegate
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Wrong Answer

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

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