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My Bodyguard (1980)

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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Terrorized in the toilets? Chased after school? Shaken down for your lunch money? GET A BODYGUARD! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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PG | See all certifications »

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26 September 1980 (USA)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Joan Cusack. See more »

Goofs

At c. 35 minutes the string quintet is clearly not playing the Mozart heard in the soundtrack. In any case, the piece (Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik) is written for four string parts and not five. See more »

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Clifford Peache: What does your dad do?
Ricky Linderman: He watches T.V.
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Referenced in Drillbit Taylor (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Serenade for Strings in G Major, K. 525 (Eine kleine Nachtmusik)
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Played by the kids in the music class in the gym
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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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