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The Guardian (I) (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  29 September 2006 (USA)
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A high school swim champion with a troubled past enrolls in the U.S. Coast Guard's "A" School, where legendary rescue swimmer Ben Randall teaches him some hard lessons about loss, love, and self-sacrifice.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel J. Molthen ...
Co-Pilot Wakefield (as Lcdr. Daniel J. Molthen USCG)
Andrew Schanno ...
Pilot Mitchell (as Lt. Andrew Schanno USCG)
Adam Pena ...
Gary Billburg ...
Julian Zankich (as PO1 Gary Billburg USCG)
Joshua Mitcheltree ...
Mitcheltree (as PO2 Joshua Mitcheltree USCG)
Mover #1
James Barnes ...
Doctor #1


Ben Randall is a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. When his crew is killed in an accident and his marriage ends, his commander tells him he wants Randall to go to the Academy to train other rescue swimmers. He encounters a guy named Jake who's a little cocky because he was once a swim champion. So Ben puts him through the wringer to see if he can handle it. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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When lives are on the line, sacrifice everything. See more »


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Release Date:

29 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Guardianes de altamar  »

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Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,006,064 (USA) (29 September 2006)


$54,983,983 (USA) (29 December 2006)

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The production company hired local contractors to build a massive indoor wave pool for production. See more »


In the training room, after Randall is discussed as the record holder, the students are brought to attention. All but one is standing to attention, he is in the back on the right hand side, standing at ease. The person standing at ease is actually an instructor and would not be called to attention with the class. See more »


[first lines]
Capt. William Hadley: There is a legend of a man who lives beneath the sea. He is a fisher of men, the last hope of all those who have been left behind. Many survivors claim to have felt his gripping hands beneath them; pushing them up to the surface; whispering strength until help could arrive. But this, of course, is only a legend.
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Retold story holds water
18 September 2006 | by (Suburban Chicago, IL United States) – See all my reviews

I've seen this story before but my kids haven't. Boy with troubled past joins military, faces his past, falls in love and becomes a man. The mentor this time is played perfectly by Kevin Costner; An ordinary man with common everyday problems who lives an extraordinary conviction, to save lives. After losing his team he takes a teaching position training the next generation of heroes. The young troubled recruit is played by Kutcher. While his scenes with the local love interest are a tad stiff and don't generate enough heat to melt butter, he compliments Costner well. I never really understood Sela Ward as the neglected wife and felt she should of wanted Costner to quit out of concern for his safety as opposed to her selfish needs. But her presence on screen is a pleasure. The two unaccredited stars of this movie are the Coast Guard and the Sea. Both powerful forces which should not be taken for granted in real life or this movie. The movie has some slow spots and could have used the wasted 15 minutes to strengthen the character relationships. But it still works. The rescue scenes are intense and well filmed and edited to provide maximum impact. This movie earns the audience applause. And the applause of my two sons.

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