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 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 <>

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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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26 September 1980 (USA)  »

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Clifford Peache: It's because of your brother, isn't it? You can't fight because of what happened to your brother. That's it, isn't it?
Ricky Linderman: What do you know?
Clifford Peache: A lot of excuses is what I know.
Ricky Linderman: Shut up!
Clifford Peache: You don't talk to anybody for more than a year. You walk around like a damn ape for nothing.
Ricky Linderman: Shut up, Clifford!
Clifford Peache: You build a bike for no reason, to go nowhere. And then you let some jerk throw it into the lake.
Ricky Linderman: Shut up!
Clifford Peache: All because of something you had nothing to do with. I mean, anybody could have found your brother. ...
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Serenade for Strings in G Major, K. 525 (Eine kleine Nachtmusik)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Played by the kids in the music class in the gym
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My guardian angel
26 August 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Tony Bill's "My Bodyguard" seems to be a film that has been forgotten. Thanks to the Fox cable channel, it turned up the other night. It doesn't seem possible this movie is twenty five years old already. Not having seen it when it was released, we took a chance and it paid off handsomely.

The film addresses the bullying in schools, a nightmare for those students that appear weak, or easy marks for these predators to make a name for themselves among their peers, at the others expense. Unfortunately, no one pays attention to the ones being abused and Hollywood, in general, takes the bully's side in many occasions, at the expense of the nerd, or the ones suffering the harassment.

"My Bodyguard" shows some of today's familiar faces as they looked in those years. Some have gone to careers of their own, such as Matt Dillon, Adam Baldwin, Joan Cusack, George Wendt, and the uncredited Jennifer Beals, who has no speaking role.

When Clifford Peache, the son of a hotel manager in Chicago, changes schools, he meets his worst nightmare: Melvin Moody. Melvin terrorizes kids, especially those young and vulnerable. Clifford is the new target for Melvin to bring down and humiliate if he doesn't agree to do whatever he is told. Rick Linderman, the tall and strange guy in Cliff's class is the perfect candidate to be engaged as a body guard for all the kids being abused. In fact, Rick teaches Clifford a lesson when at the end he has to face the mean Melvin, who proves to be a coward, as all bullies are.

"My Bodyguard" is an entertaining film to watch thanks to the great performance by Chris Makepeace, who makes a great Clifford. Ruth Gordon, who plays Clifford's grandmother, has some comic moments. Martin Mull is seen as Cliff's father and John Houseman appears briefly as the man who is charmed by Grandma Peache.

Tony Bill shows he could deliver a movie that seems to be timeless.

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