Patrick Swayze plays Dalton. In ROAD HOUSE, he's the chief bouncer at a busy night club, who also happens to have a college degree in philosophy. We know he's good at his job -- things are running smoothly, perhaps too smoothly for his sense of adventure. When offered a job to clean up a violent and chaotic Missouri bar, he says yes, jumps in his Mercedes, drives who knows how far, and takes on the challenge. The owner (Kevin Tighe) describes it as a place where they "sweep up the eyeballs after closin'" every night, and the reality doesn't disappoint. The band plays behind a chain link fence to avoid bottles flung by critical drunken customers. The bartender is stealing, other employees are dealing drugs, and one guy is letting other guys kiss his girlfriend's breasts for twenty dollars. (Ten per kiss, he calculates helpfully.) The room is filled with other model citizens -- drunken, shirtless, foul-mouthed jerks. In no time, Dalton has the place filled with men in shirts and ties and women in fancy dresses. What Dalton doesn't know is that the little town is under the thumb of Brad (Ben Gazzara), a sadistic mobster with a coterie of thugs eager to tear Dalton limb from limb. He won't allow anyone to sell liquor to Dalton's club. He sends guys in to start fights there. His men set fire to Dalton's landlord's home. After the movie's first major fight, Dalton, who usually stitches up his own wounds, ends up in the ER where he meets Doc (Kelly Lynch). Sparks fly and they are soon a couple, which makes Brad even angrier. In the middle of the chaos, Dalton's mentor and aging bouncer Wade (Sam Elliott) arrives to help out, but it doesn't end well for him. Brad's mob mixes it up with Dalton over and over until, in a climactic encounter, Dalton and Brad face off, with fists, knives, spears, and guns.