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The Bodyguard (1992)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Music  |  25 November 1992 (USA)
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A former Secret Service agent takes on the job of bodyguard to a pop singer, whose lifestyle is most unlike a President's.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sy Spector
Herb Farmer
Christopher Birt ...
Ray Court
Tony Pierce ...
Oscar Host


A pop singer has been receiving threatening notes, and her manager hires a bodyguard known for his good work. The bodyguard ruffles the singer's feathers and most of her entourage by tightening security more than they feel is necessary. The bodyguard is haunted by the fact that he was on Reagan's secret service staff but wasn't there to prevent the attack by Hinckley. Eventually the bodyguard and the singer start an affair, and she begins to believe his precautions are necessary when the stalker strikes close to home. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Never let her out of your sight. Never let your guard down. Never fall in love.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 November 1992 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)


$121,945,720 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


It was rumored that a sequel was in the works with Kevin Cosnter returning as Frank Farmer, which at one point Princess Diana Spencer has expressed interest, before he tragic death in 1997. Sadly, Whitney Houston has passed away in 2012. If the sequel had happened, it may had followed Frank, whom is struggling to come to terms with Rachel's death, as he is assigned to protect a new client: Like Rachel, she too is a pop singer, whose life is in danger. However, a remake is in development. See more »


When Frank takes Rachel's scarf and throws it in the air to be cut in half as it falls over the sword edge, the scarf is clearly prepared for the shot. If it hadn't been, the weight of the scarf wouldn't be sufficient for it to be cut on a horizontally held edge. It would either have to weigh more, it would need additional force pulling it downward, or the blade would have to be angled so that the scarf slide along the edge. See more »


Frank: [when asked how he uncovered the identity of the assassin] They don't wash cars on the upper level.
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Featured in Whitney Houston: The Greatest Hits (2000) See more »


I'm Every Woman
Written by Nick Ashford (as Nickolas Ashford) and Valerie Simpson
Produced by Narada Michael Walden
Performed by Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston Appears Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Adequate Thriller-Romance
20 July 2006 | by (Tunbridge Wells, England) – See all my reviews

I was interested to note from your "Trivia" page that it was originally intended to make this film in the seventies with Steve McQueen and Diana Ross in the leading roles, but that the film never got made because it was "too controversial". The cause of the controversy was presumably the mixed-race love-affair between Frank and Rachel, as there is little else in the script that might upset anyone. The story centres around Frank Farmer, a former Secret Service agent now working as a private bodyguard. He is hired by Rachel Marron, an African-American pop star, who has been receiving death threats, presumed to come from a mad stalker. Frank's obsessive concern with security initially alienates both Rachel and some of the other members of her entourage, but, after a number of misunderstandings, he becomes first her friend and then her lover. He, however, is unhappy about becoming emotionally involved with a client and ends the affair. He would also like to end his employment with Rachel, but she is becoming genuinely frightened for her own safety, and he agrees to stay on to protect her when it is clear that she is in danger from an unexpected source.

When I first saw this film in the cinema I disliked it. I was a great admirer of Kevin Costner's performance in "Dances with Wolves", and I went to see "The Bodyguard" in the hope that it would be a film of similar scope and vision. Of course, it isn't, but then it was never intended to be. Having seen it again recently on television, I was rather more impressed than I had been the first time. There is a respectable performance from Costner as Frank, a man who on the surface seems cold and detached but who hides his emotions under the surface- not only his love for Rachel, but also his feelings of guilt stemming from the assassination attempt on President Reagan in 1981. Frank was not on duty at the time- in fact, he was attending his mother's funeral- but he cannot escape from the thought that, if he had been present, he could have prevented the President from being shot.

Whitney Houston is a beautiful woman, with a beautiful voice which was shown off to good advantage in this film. Her rendition of "I Will Always Love You" is one of the most haunting ballads I know, far superior to the Dolly Parton original. Her character is supposed to be an actress as well as a singer- the finale actually takes place as she receives a "Best Actress" award at the Oscars. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that Whitney will ever emulate her alter ego in this respect, as her acting is certainly not in the same class as her voice. She seems to have too small an emotional range, and it is no surprise that her subsequent film career has been so patchy. "The Bodyguard" is a perfectly adequate thriller-romance, if at times too slow-moving, but I felt that it might have been better with a more commanding female lead. 6/10

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