Road House is a 1989 American action film directed by Rowdy Herrington and starring Patrick Swayze and Sam Elliott as bouncers at a seedy roadside bar who protect a small town in Missouri from a corrupt businessman.
Dalton (Swayze) is a professional "cooler" (i.e. specialized doorman, or bouncer) with a mysterious past who is enticed from his current job in New York City by club owner Frank Tillhman (Kevin Tighe) to take over security at his club/bar, the Double Deuce, in Jasper, Missouri. Searching for a place to stay, he eventually takes lodging at a local farm. Dalton is introduced to local business magnate (and next door neighbor) Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara). In the course of cleaning up the violent nightclub, Dalton dismisses several unruly and corrupt employees, including Pat McGurn (John Doe), the bartender and Wesley's nephew, and current cooler, Morgan (Terry Funk), whose belligerent demeanor causes more trouble than it solves.
After a scrape with Wesley's henchmen for refusing to re-hire Pat (caught skimming earlier), an injured Dalton admits himself to the local hospital, medical file in hand, where he meets and is treated by Dr. Elizabeth "Doc" Clay (Kelly Lynch) during which Dalton refuses pain-numbing medication and tells her "pain don't hurt". Doc and Dalton strike up a friendship which eventually blossoms into a romantic relationship. Later Dalton is informed by Cody (Jeff Healey), the leader of the house band, and an old friend of Dalton's, that Wesley "had a thing for Elizabeth Clay".
Wesley invites Dalton to his home in a seemingly innocent attempt to make peace, but he has an ulterior motive: Wesley would like Dalton to work for him once he extorts Tilghman's club. When Dalton declines, Wesley begins an assault on Dalton's friends, including interfering with liquor deliveries to the Double Deuce. Dalton's mentor, legendary but aging cooler Wade Garrett (Sam Elliott), arrives in town after a disconcerting phone call from Dalton and helps him defend a liquor shipment from Wesley's thugs. Garrett's reputation precedes him, for he is treated with reverence by his fellow bouncers and sticks around to support Dalton.
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