Road House was
released in 1989. It starred the late Patrick
Swayze as James Dalton, Kelly Lynch as Dr. Elizabeth
Clay, Sam Elliott as Wade Garrett, and Ben Gazzara as
Brad Wesley. Fans of the movie may even remember
the house band being the Jeff Healey band. The
movie received mixed reviews back in the day, and is
considered by many to be one of the most enjoyable "bad"
movies ever released. Hey, we liked it!
Although it was not a huge success at the box office, it
has redeemed itself over the years.
In this movie, Dalton is recruited by bar
owner Frank Tilghman to help Tilghman clean up his bar
in Jasper, Missouri (called the Double Deuce).
Dalton is a "cooler", which is a fancy name for a
bouncer. Dalton is not just any cooler, he is a
cooler with mad skills and a mysterious past.
Dalton takes the job, and winds up renting a room from a
farmer who lives across the lake from the Wesley family.
The patriarch of the family, Brad Wesley, has his hands
gripped around the throat of Jasper, and nothing is done
without his blessing.
In the process of
cleaning up the Double Deuce, not only does Dalton
manage to make Brad Wesley angry by busting up his kin,
but he also manages to fall in love with the local hot
doctor who he ends up seeing frequently due to fighting
injuries from the bar. When Wesley begins to make
things miserable for Dalton and the Deuce, Dalton calls
in his old friend Wade Garrett to help out. Things
get worse before they get better, and Wade ends up
getting killed. That puts Dalton into overdrive,
and he goes about the business of killing all of
Wesley's gang. The movie ends with the insinuation
that Dalton plans to remain in town and love the doctor