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Lifeguard (I) (1976)

 -  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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Rick
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Cathy
Stephen Young ...
Larry
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Chris
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Wendy
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
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Sandy
Beatrice Colen ...
Judy
Linda Gillen ...
Dell
Jody Gilbert ...
Woman
Russ Marin ...
Voyeur
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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 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 <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Every girl's summer dream

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Beau Bridges was the first choice for the role of Rick Carlson. See more »

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Rick Carlson: [speaking of Machine Gun and his pals] Those are the horniest little guys this side of TJ.
Chris Randall: TJ?
Rick Carlson: Tijuana, man
Chris Randall: Hey, why do they call him Machine Gun?
Rick Carlson: I don't know, everybody calls him that. Claims he holds the international record for jerking off.
Chris Randall: [laughst] When I was his age, I thought I held it.
Rick Carlson: Yeah, we all held it. I think he holds it more.
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Referenced in The Streets of San Francisco: One Last Trick (1977) See more »

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Music by Burt Bacharach
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That rarity -- a nice little movie.
2 April 1999 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

Thank goodness Sam Elliott took his shirt off twice in "Frogs." The wife of Daniel Petrie supposedly saw "Frogs" while her husband was trying to cast the lead role in his new movie, "Lifeguard," and she suggested he consider a minor actor with a suntanned physique named Sam Elliott. Mrs. Petrie proved to be a shrewd judge of man-flesh because it's impossible to imagine "Lifeguard" without Elliott's presence. And thank goodness Elliott wasn't asked to shave his gloriously-hairy chest for that "Southern California" look! This is a movie made on that cusp between the turbulent 60s and the self-satisfied 70s, about a man who's happy with a job which others think is beneath him. Quiet, thoughtful, and with a career-high performance by its leading man, "Lifeguard" had little impact at the box office back in 1976 but over the years it's acquired a loyal and discerning following. (Of course, there is the matter of Elliott's character having sex with an underage girl played by Kathleen Quinlan.) Elliott spends much of the movie wearing red "Baywatch" style swim trunks but at one point, for a swimming race, he slips into a tight mini-pair of Speedos which clearly shows he's "reproductively-gifted."


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