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Writer (WGA):
Lawrence Kasdan (written by)
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25 November 1992 (USA) See more »
Never let her out of your sight. Never let your guard down. Never fall in love.
A former Secret Service agent takes on the job of bodyguard to a pop singer, whose lifestyle is most unlike a President's. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kevin Costner ... Frank Farmer

Whitney Houston ... Rachel Marron

Gary Kemp ... Sy Spector

Bill Cobbs ... Devaney

Ralph Waite ... Herb Farmer

Tomas Arana ... Portman

Michele Lamar Richards ... Nicki

Mike Starr ... Tony
Christopher Birt ... Henry

DeVaughn Nixon ... Fletcher

Gerry Bamman ... Ray Court

Joe Urla ... Minella
Tony Pierce ... Dan

Charles Keating ... Klingman

Robert Wuhl ... Oscar Host

Debbie Reynolds ... Debbie Reynolds

Danny Kamin ... Thuringer (as Daniel Tucker Kamin)
Ethel Ayler ... Emma
Sean Cheesman ... Rory

Richard Schiff ... Skip Thomas

Chris Connelly ... Oscar Arrivals M.C.

Nathaniel Parker ... Clive Healy

Bert Remsen ... Rotary Club President
Donald Hotton ... Reverend Hardy
Nita Whitaker ... Oscar Singer
Patricia Healy ... Sound Winner #1

Blumen Young ... Sound Winner #2
Rob Sullivan ... Best Sound Presenter
Jennifer Lyon-Buchanan ... Best Song Winner

Stephen Shellen ... Tom Winston
Victoria Bass ... Woman in Green
Abbey Vine ... Ben Shiller
Phil Redrow ... Video Director
Joe Hess ... Cuban Husband (as Joseph Hess)
Marta Velasco ... Cleaning Woman

Joe Unger ... Journalist
Gwen Seliger ... Rachel's Valet

Susan Traylor ... Dress Designer
Pat Van Patten ... Woman in Restaurant
Shelley A. Hill ... Mother at Restaurant
Amy Lou Dempsey ... Little Girl at Restaurant
Rosie Lee Hooks ... Thrift Shop Owner
Ken Myles ... Sound Technician #1
Robert L. Feist ... Sound Technician #2
Charles Bazaldua ... TV Director
Tracye Logan ... Girl on Stairway
Art Spaan ... Billy Thomas
Douglas Price ... Pantages Assistant
Ellin La Var ... Rachel's Hairstylist
Joseph Zabrosky ... Skip's Assistant
Rollin Jarrett ... Miami Reporter
David M. Morano ... Fontainebleau Barkeeper
Carla Lizzette Mejia ... Fontainebleau Maid

Linda Thompson ... Female Academy Member

David Foster ... Oscar Conductor

Towanna King ... Rachel's Assistant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shaun Earl ... Dancer (uncredited)

John Hartman ... Stage Manager (uncredited)

Bruce Holman ... Rotory Club VIP on Dais (uncredited)
Al Kamarr ... Guest at Dinner (uncredited)
Dan Koko ... Cameraman in Helicopter (uncredited)

David Joseph Martinez ... Raul Moreno-Janitor (uncredited)
L.A. Rothman ... Autograph Seeker (uncredited)

John Tesh ... Entertainment Tonight Host (voice) (uncredited)
Mark Thomason ... Killer with Mask (uncredited)

Directed by
Mick Jackson 
Writing credits
Lawrence Kasdan (written by)

Produced by
Kevin Costner .... producer
Raymond Hernandez Jr. .... consulting producer
Lawrence Kasdan .... producer
Jim Wilson .... producer
Original Music by
Alan Silvestri 
Cinematography by
Andrew Dunn (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Donn Cambern 
Richard A. Harris 
Casting by
Elisabeth Leustig 
Production Design by
Jeffrey Beecroft 
Art Direction by
William Ladd Skinner  (as Wm Ladd Skinner)
Set Decoration by
Lisa Dean 
Costume Design by
Susan Nininger 
Makeup Department
Carrie Angland .... makeup artist
Thomas R. Burman .... special makeup effects
Bari Dreiband-Burman .... special makeup effects
Elle Elliott .... hair stylist
Ellin La Var .... hair stylist
Medusah .... hair stylist: Ms. Houston
Kelly Muldoon .... personal hair stylist
Valli O'Reilly .... makeup artist: Ms. Houston
Francisco X. Pérez .... makeup artist (as Frank Carrisosa)
Jake Garber .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Joel Harlow .... armor sculptor (uncredited)
Production Management
Helen Pollak .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Albert Cho .... second assistant director
Bryan Dresden .... second second assistant director
Mark Hansson .... second second assistant director
Albert M. Shapiro .... first assistant director (as Albert Shapiro)
Joel Wein .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Rodolfo Arriaga .... greensman
Roy Barnes .... set designer
Jeff Brown .... stand-by greens
John Bullard .... propmaker
Patrick Cassidy .... lead man (as Patrick T. Cassidy)
Jann K. Engel .... set designer
Irwin 'Eppy' Epstein .... drapery
Steven Lane Ewing .... construction foreman
Amanda J. Flick .... set painter
Michael J. Flynn .... set dresser
Gary Gagliardo .... general foreman
Nancy Garber .... art department researcher
Michael Gastaldo .... assistant property master
Antoinette J. Gordon .... set designer
Paul Arthur Hartman .... on-set dresser
Hugo Herrera .... greensman
John M. Holliday .... construction foreman
Kelly Hudson .... stand-by painter
Johnnie Jenkins .... construction accountant
Allan Johnson .... carpenter gang boss
Roger L. King .... construction gang boss
Wayne Lindholm .... carpenter
Terry MacDonald .... labor foreman
John Marshall .... property master
Frank McEldowney .... greensperson
Robin L. Miller .... property master (as Robin Miller)
Rotimi Rainwater .... art department production assistant
Glenn H. Roberts .... set dresser
Francis J. Roix .... carpenter
Chris Snyder .... construction coordinator
Penelope Rene Stames .... set dresser (as Penelope Stames)
Jim Stubblefield .... assistant property master
Joseph Torres .... construction foreman
Ron Ashmore .... paint supervisor (uncredited)
Ted Hardwick .... set dresser (uncredited)
Karen Virgin .... swing gang (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael J. Benavente .... sound editor
Matthew C. Beville .... sound transfer
Denise Cochran .... sound assistant
Damon Cohoon .... sound assistant
Kay Colvin .... cable person
Linda Corbin .... foley mixer
Jesse Dodd .... adr recordist (as Karol Dodd)
Joe Dorn .... adr editor
Julia Evershade .... supervising sound editor
Howell Gibbens .... dialogue editor
Richard Bryce Goodman .... production sound mixer
Richard Bryce Goodman .... sound designer
Warren Hamilton Jr. .... sound editor
Robert J. Litt .... sound re-recording mixer
Oscar Mitt .... assistant sound
Donald Ortiz .... sound assistant
Mark Pappas .... foley editor
Dave Reitzas .... pre-record engineer
Steve Richardson .... foley editor
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Katie Rowe .... foley artist
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer
George Simpson .... supervising sound editor
Mychal Smith .... boom operator
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Hugo Weng .... dialogue editor
David A. Whittaker .... sound editor
David Behle .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Jack Keller .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Rodney M. Byrd .... special effects (as Rodney Byrd)
Burt Dalton .... special effects coordinator
Dale Ettema .... special effects
Donald Myers .... special effects
Eric Rylander .... special effects
Jay Amor .... utility stunts
Tom Bahr .... utility stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt double: Kevin Costner, knife thrower
Bobby Bass .... stunts
Brooke Becker .... stunts
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (as William H. Burton)
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Ousaun Elam .... stunts (as Ousan Elam)
Mickey Giacomazzi .... stunts
Rusty Hendrickson .... stunts
Deja Howell .... stunts
Norman Howell .... stunt coordinator (as Norman L. Howell)
Norman Howell .... stunt double: Kevin Costner
Henry Kingi Jr. .... stunts
Henry Kingi .... stunts
Dan Koko .... stunts
Joel Kramer .... stunts
Joyce Larkin .... stunt double: Whitney Houston
Barbara Lee-Belmonte .... stunts
Vinita McClennon .... stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunts
Walter Scott .... stunts
William Washington .... stunts (as Billy Washington)
Eddie L. Watkins .... stunts
David Webster .... stunts
John Ashker .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Ary .... chief lighting technician
Scott Blynder .... vtr operator
Rick Davis .... additional key grip
R. Michael De Chellis .... assistant chief lighting technician (as R. Michael DeChellis)
Tim Dunford .... second assistant camera (as Timothy Dunford)
Blair Forward .... video assist operator
Michael Genne .... camera operator
Ben Glass .... still photographer
Diana Goodman .... playback operator
Johnny Gutierrez .... rigging gaffer (as John Gutierrez)
Brooks P. Guyer .... louma crane operator
Gerald A. King .... best boy grip (as Jerry King)
J. Steven Latham .... additional second assistant camera (as J. Steve Latham)
Marc Margulies .... additional first assistant camera (as Marc J. Margulies)
Jim Marquette .... assistant camera
Dick Montagne .... additional first assistant camera
Lane Russell .... additional second assistant camera
P. Scott Sakamoto .... Steadicam operator
Mike Schwake .... dolly grip
Steven H. Smith .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Steve Smith)
Stephen St. John .... Steadicam operator
Owen Stephens .... rigging electrician
Baird Steptoe .... additional first assistant camera
Michael D. Weldon .... first assistant camera (as Michael Weldon)
Joe L. Wright .... grip
Bill Young .... key grip
Paul Jacobsen .... rigger (uncredited)
Paul Jacobsen .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Bruce D. Spellman .... second grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Susan Brown .... casting associate
Jimmy Jue .... extras casting
Mariann H.W. Lee .... extras casting
Cash Oshman .... crowd casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kimberly Guenther Durkin .... costume supervisor (as Kimberly Guenther)
Steve Ellsworth .... set costumer
Christopher Gilman .... wardrobe: specialty costumes
Barbara Gordon .... assistant costume designer
Jane Kilkenny .... costume construction
Marilyn Madsen .... costume manufacturing foreperson
Janet Sobel .... set costumer
Valarie Wise .... costumer: Miami (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mitch Harris .... assistant editor
Leslie Jones .... assistant editor
Debra Kahn Tolchinsky .... assistant editor
Jane Kass .... first assistant editor
Bob Putynkowski .... color timer
Michael Rafferty .... assistant editor (as Michael J. Rafferty)
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Maureen Crowe .... music supervisor
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Art Ford .... music consultant
David Foster .... song producer
Simon Franglen .... synth programming
Darrell Hall .... music editor
Ronn Huff .... music arranger: string arrangements
Cliff Kohlweck .... music editor (as Clif Kohlweck)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
William Ross .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Gina August .... driver
Hugh Kelly .... driver
Jonathan A. Rosenfeld .... transportation co-captain
David Siegel .... transportation coordinator
Bob Smart .... transportation
Dwight Wood .... transportation captain
David Diaz .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Brian Accetta .... staff assistant
David Antell .... personal trainer
Gregory Avellone .... associate to the producers
Steph Benseman .... location manager
Maxine Bergen .... fill-in script supervisor
Daniel Allan Carlin .... pre-record technician
Sean Cheesman .... choreographer
Stephanie Claxton .... assistant production accountant
Lisa Cole-Wertchafter .... location contact: Florida
Allison Conant .... associate to the producers
Steve Cowie .... staff assistant
Robyn Crawford .... executive assistant: Whitney Houston (as Robyn D. Crawford)
Caroline Digiulio .... staff assistant
Darlene Dillinger .... dance double: Whitney Houston
Brook Durham .... staff assistant
Janette Evans .... accounting clerk
Scott Giegler .... crew: Video Image
Karen Golden .... script supervisor
Edward Gorsuch .... assistant: Jim Wilson
Joseph Greco .... staff assistant (as Joe Greco)
Al Guthery .... helicopter pilot
Michael Haro .... assistant location manager
Susan J. Hellmann .... staff assistant (as Susan Hellmann)
Tom Hoeck .... first aid
David Hofflich .... supervisor: Video Image (as David M. Hofflich)
Elston Howard .... staff assistant
Stephen G. Howard .... technical supervisor: Video Image
Debra Hubbard .... body double: Whitney Houston
Kevan Jenson .... crew: Video Image
Julie Jones .... production accountant
Elayne Keratsis .... coordinator: Florida
Elayne Keratsis .... staff assistant
Greg Kozikowski .... crew: Video Image
Robert Lamkin .... caterer
Paul LaZebnik .... production office staff
David Linck .... unit publicist
Suzanne Lutz .... staff assistant
Maria M. Machado .... production office staff (as Maria Manuelo Machado)
Kevin Madeja .... videowall engineering crew
Moira McLaughlin .... assistant: Kevin Costner
Sherry McManus .... staff assistant
Leslie Moraes .... assistant location manager
Victor Nelli Jr. .... crew: Video Image
Kris Nielsen .... assistant production associate
Larry Potoker .... crew: Video Image
Eric Rivera .... craft service
Sol Rivera .... craft service
Christopher Sliney .... production office staff
Peter Smith .... videowall engineering crew
Rick Soule .... videowall engineering crew
Sara Spring .... production associate
Tom Stramat .... pilot
James Thelen .... videowall engineering crew
Mark Thomason .... photo double
Mark Thomason .... stand-in
Mark Thomason .... stand-in: Kevin Costner
Anne Trop .... assistant: Mick Jackson
Alison Troy .... staff assistant
Joseph A. Unsinn .... crew: Video Image (as Joe Unsinn)
Ken Wada .... staff assistant
Bill Warren .... helicopter pilot
Amy Jo Weinstein .... production office staff (as Amy Weinstein)
Lynne Whiteford .... production office staff
Tim Wilson .... location contact: Tahoe
Joseph Zabrosky .... staff assistant (as Joe Zabrosky)
Bill Daly .... post-production accountant manager (uncredited)
Michael Feder .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tony Gardner .... special properties (uncredited)
Tom Lent .... adr voice (uncredited)

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Rated R for language
129 min
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Kevin Costner's character is shown having attended West Virginia University (WVU). The movie was written by Lawrence Kasdan who graduated from high school in Morgantown WV, the same city where WVU is located.See more »
Continuity: After Frank's fight in the kitchen in the hotel in Miami, he goes straight on to the terrace of their room where he suddenly remarks that Rachel is sitting behind him. After begging Frank to stay by her side, Frank accepts under a few conditions: One of them is that Sy Spector must be fired. Rachel agrees but when they're back for the Oscar's ceremony, he is still her manager.See more »
Rachel:But I can't go out on a date because you have to be with me every minute. I mean, what if he wants to invite me up to his place afterwards? Are you gonna come too?See more »
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37 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
I can't protect you, not like this., 30 October 2008
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Frank Farmer is a top line bodyguard, formerly secret service protector to President Reagan, he is approached to guard Rachel Marron, the latest pop sensation on the cusp of Hollywood domination. After initially being reluctant to take the job, Farmer gets to the task of protecting Rachel from a potential maniac who's been sending her threatening letters. As the initial in camp hostilities die down, Frank & Rachel start to draw ever closer, but so does the person who wants her dead...

The Bodyguard is one of those films that was long in gestation, originally mooted in 1976 to star Steve McQueen (it was written with McQueen in mind in the 60s) and Diana Ross, it was put on the back burner after McQueen fell ill to the cancer that killed him. Then it resurfaced in 1979 with Diana Ross to play opposite Ryan O'Neal, but the two stars just couldn't get on and the project again fell by the wayside. Enter Kevin Costner and his boys at TIG Productions, original choice to star alongside Costner, Maddona, ruined her chance (thankfully) of starring after being a bitch to Costner in her Truth Or Dare documentary. In stepped Whitney Houston (brilliantly diva casting), Costner gave himself a crew cut (in homage to McQueen) and The Bodyguard went on to make $410,900,000 worldwide.

The film now seems like a myth to me because the rating across many forums is on the low side, critics hate it and you will be hard pressed to find macho film fans readily about to own up to liking the picture. That's a shame because as undeniably nonsense as it is, it has got a great thriller heart to blend in with its romantic core. The good ship Bodyguard may dock at all the formula ports in the genres, but it's one hell of a journey getting to the end, even with that song that seemed to top the charts for years! (the soundtrack to the movie selling 17 million in America alone).

In spite of the obviousness of the plot, and the general feeling of familiarity, The Bodyguard has much going for it, things that ensured it became a monster hit and had cinema goers queueing round the block to see it. Houston is something of a revelation, here she nails the diva bitch heart of gold portrayal of Rachel with astonishing ease, and couple that with a voice sent from some deity paradise far away, makes her total value for money. Costner also stepped up to the plate to win a new breed of fans as Farmer, his charm and laid back manner works well with a ruggedness that the male viewers could easily get on side with. The rest of the cast are merely playing second fiddle to the well matched up leads, and outside of Gary Kemp becoming increasingly annoying as the film progresses, they all blend in well to create what is now a sadly undervalued picture.

See it with someone you love, don't just take my word for it, look at the box office take, it doesn't lie. 7/10

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