Lifeguard (I) (1976)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  23 July 1976 (USA)
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Rick is in his 30s, but still works full-time as a lifeguard on the beaches of Los Angeles in California. He enjoys the fun of it, but even more the silent moments. However when he meets ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sharon Clark ...
Tina (as Sharon Weber)
Steve Burns ...
Machine Gun
Lenka Peterson ...
Mrs. Carlson
George Wallace ...
Mr. Carlson (as George D. Wallace)
Paul Kent ...
Jack Gilmore
Beatrice Colen ...
Linda Gillen ...
Jody Gilbert ...
Russ Marin ...


Rick is in his 30s, but still works full-time as a lifeguard on the beaches of Los Angeles in California. He enjoys the fun of it, but even more the silent moments. However when he meets his divorced highschool girlfriend and her 5 years old son at their 15 years class reunion, he considers switching to a more "serious" job. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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Every girl's summer dream








Release Date:

23 July 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El salvavidas  »

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Adam Rourke was considered for the role of Rick Carlson and director Daniel Petrie was watching his film Frogs (1972) when he noticed co-star Sam Elliott, who eventually won the role. See more »


Chris Randall: Hey, you wanna stop for a beer?
Rick Carlson: Hey man, I'd like to, but I got a little, eh, stewy friend coming in tonight.
Chris Randall: Yeah? Is it true what they say about stewardesses?
Rick Carlson: Yeah. And nurses and secretaries and schoolteachers.
Chris Randall: [laughs] What do they say about schoolteachers?
Rick Carlson: Ah, they make you do it over and over and over again, till you get it right.
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Words and Music by Dale Menten
Sung by Carol Parks (as Carol Carmichael)
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1 February 2000 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This is a great document of the 70's...years from now, sociologists will study this film to try and make some sense of this most confusing period in American history. Fascinating because of its story as well as cinematic style which lingers over young bikini-clad chicks bouncing along the sand. The straightforward, politically-incorrect depiction of sexuality is discomfiting and somewhat dirty. The music is...I don't know what to say about the music. It just has to be heard.

Well worth the time and money. Lifeguard is a hit!

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