By Todd Campbell
Movies all have in some way given everyone some type of feeling – everything from the thrill of the action movie with a great chase to that special connection between two people that might make someone cry. There have been many actors and actresses who have been able to do this over the years. Someone who has been able to do exactly that was Patrick Swayze. As many know, for the past couple of years, Swayze has been battling pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately, Swayze lost his valiant fight against the disease earlier this week. Many know what it’s like to lose someone to cancer. I know since I lost my Mom earlier this year, where it played a factor in her passing.
To honor Swayze’s life, the Toddster has assembled a very special group of Patrollers to talk about their favorite Swayze films and the feelings and emotions that they might have had when seeing this great actor strut his stuff on screen. Hopefully, a few of these movies may have made you feel a certain way at one time or another. Enjoy!
As a teenager, I couldn’t imagine a more perfect man than a handsome hero with rock hard buns, a penchant for philosophy, an oh-so-mysterious past and the ability to kill a man with his bare hands. Where did I get such a notion? From watching Patrick Swayze in “Roadhouse,” of course.
While my high school friends were mooning over “Dirty Dancing” and “Ghost,” I just couldn’t get enough of “Roadhouse.” For those sheltered few that haven’t had the privilege of seeing the 1989 film, it’s a sort of Old Western meet A-Team action flick which sees Swayze as a mysterious bouncer named Dalton who teams up with his mentor (played by the legendary Sam Elliot) to come to the rescue of a seedy bar and a small town being held over the barrel by a corrupt businessman.
I wore out my VHS copy of the movie long ago, but never fear, it still plays often enough on late night cable that I can get my fix when the need arises. Because, if I’m honest, that’s still pretty much my idea of the perfect man, at least in theory.
Whether it’s “Roadhouse,” “Dirty Dancing” or any other of his many works, there is no doubt that Patrick Swayze shaped many an adolescent fantasy, setting the bar high for all others who came after him. Men of his caliber, both on and off the screen, are few and far between.