Road House is a 1989 American action film directed by Rowdy Herrington and starring Patrick Swayze as a cooler at a newly refurbished roadside bar who protects a small town in Missouri from a corrupt businessman. Sam Elliott co-stars as a bouncer, the mentor, friend, and foil of Swayze's character. The cast also includes Kelly Lynch as Swayze's love interest and Ben Gazzara as the main antagonist. A direct sequel, Road House 2, was released in 2006.


James Dalton is a professional "cooler" with a mysterious past who is enticed from his job in New York City by Frank Tillman to take over security at his club, the Double Deuce, in Jasper, Missouri. Tillman plans to invest substantial money into the club to enhance its image, and he needs a first-rate cooler to maintain stability. Handed control of all bar operations and hiring by Tillman, Dalton fires multiple employees for poor behavior, theft, and drug dealing.