Ken Tucker
September 05, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Road House

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Patrick Swayze, Sam Elliott, Ben Gazzara, Kelly Lynch
director
Rowdy Herrington
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it an B+

This crackerjack melodrama Road House about two buddies (Widmark and Wilde) who vie for a dangerous dame (Lupino) is novel for its setting: a Canadian-border roadhouse that contains a nightclub and a bowling alley. The standout EXTRA is a raucous commentary by noir historian Eddie Muller and wily film blogger Kim Morgan. (They’re sharing a flask during their chat!) Morgan tosses out more ideas and recondite jokes about movie history than one commentary can contain. Give this woman her own series of reissues to dilate upon. B+

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