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The Guardian (2006)

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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

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Daniel J. Molthen ...
Co-Pilot Wakefield (as Lcdr. Daniel J. Molthen USCG)
Andrew Schanno ...
Pilot Mitchell (as Lt. Andrew Schanno USCG)
Adam Pena ...
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Gary Billburg ...
Julian Zankich (as PO1 Gary Billburg USCG)
Joshua Mitcheltree ...
Mitcheltree (as PO2 Joshua Mitcheltree USCG)
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James Barnes ...
Doctor #1
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Storyline

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 US Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer "A" School 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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29 September 2006 (USA)  »

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Guardianes de altamar  »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The opening story of the helo rescue gone bad was loosely based on a real event that occurred August 7, 1981. The crew of CG1471 from Airsta Kodiak was responding to a distress call of a fishing vessel near Prince William Sound. As the crew attempted to hoist the survivors of the boat, a wave hit the tail of CG1471 causing the helo to crash into the seas. A painting named "So Others May Live" hangs on CG Airsta Kodiak depicting the rescue. See more »

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(at around 52 mins) When Jake meets Emily to give her half of his bet winnings, they are at the bar. There are even other patrons leaning up against the bar right next to Emily. When she holds up Jake's napkin and says, "This is just a picture of your pants," they are sitting at a table and then get up and walk over to the dance floor. There is some time passing between the two shots. See more »

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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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Ain't No Easy Way
Written by Peter Hayes and Robert Turner (as Robert Been)
Performed by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Courtesy of The Echo Label and RCA Music Group, a unit of Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Familiar story but still great.
17 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised to find this movie showing as a sneak preview in my local theater.

We have all seen this plot line before (Top Gun, GI Jane, An Officer and a Gentleman) but a good script still works. This story is basically about the training of a Coast Guard rescue team with a couple of side story lines. Kevin Costner plays a highly successful rescue team leader, Ben Randall, who is forced into heading the training team after a tough mission. The movie takes us through the rigors of the training process and the personal stories of both the Costner character and that of Jake Fischer, played by Ashton Kutcher. I am happy to say that Ashton is great in this part.

There are no great surprises in this movie and you will probably realize what is coming long before it arrives. However, the use of humor, the exploration of the toughness of the training and the fun of watching Ben Randall "do his own thing as a trainer", kept me riveted and thoroughly entertained. I really enjoy watching a movie that makes the entire audience laugh out loud, gasp here and there, and clap at the end as a tribute to the movie.

We all had a good time (despite a couple of tough moments in the movie)and, I think, you will too.


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