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My Bodyguard (1980)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  26 September 1980 (USA)
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When a boy comes to a new school and gets harassed by a bully, he acquires the services of the school's most feared kid as a bodyguard.

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Clifford
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Linderman
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Paul Quandt ...
Carson
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Mike
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Dean R. Miller ...
Hightower
Tim Reyna ...
Koontz
Richard Bradley ...
Dubrow
Denise Baske ...
Leilani
Vicky Nelson ...
Freddy
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Reissman
Paul Charbonneau ...
Allen
Laura Salenger ...
Girl
Bert Hoddinott ...
Burt
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Clifford Peache is the new kid in Lake View High School. Faced with all the stress that role entails he makes his situation worse by insulting Moody, the leader of a group of toughs who extort lunch money from kids. These punks pretend to be bodyguards for the kids to protect them from Linderman who, it is rumored, killed his brother in cold blood. Clifford befriends the sullen Linderman and hires him as his bodyguard. When Moody ups the ante, Linderman must decide whether fighting for what he believes in, with his haunted past and image, is justified. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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I'm tired of being terrorized in the toilets, chased after school, and shaken down for my lunch money. Will you be my bodyguard? See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Film debut of Adam Baldwin. See more »

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During the "turning the tables" scene, as Clifford is telling Moody his services will no longer be needed, Carson is shown standing behind Ricky. In the next cut, he is shown moving from behind the crowd to deliver his line to Moody, then moving behind Ricky. See more »

Quotes

Ricky Linderman: You're a pretty good fighter back there. I have this idea. Will you be my body guard? I'll pay fifty cents every day. I'll do your homework for you. I'm pretty smart.
Clifford Peache: [imitating Linderman] Not interested.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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She's a Latin from Manhattan
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Ruth Gordon in the hotel kitchen
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a low-budget charmer
10 January 1999 | by (Durham, NC) – See all my reviews

This is a film I'd heard of for years and finally had a chance to view it. It is a low-key, low-budget and witty film about high school survival -- but it is far from being the usual teen film. It takes place in a decidedly urban and challenging setting, and its adult characters are as quirky as its teenaged ones.

The characters are well-drawn, the acting is good, and although the plot is insignificant, with a weak conclusion, this film manages to be realistic, present interesting characters (particularly Adam Baldwin's) and make you laugh. In other words, the quality of the writing makes it come to life.

It's one of the last of a series of excellent low-key, naturalistic films of the 70's, that specialize in fascinating characterizations.


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