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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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$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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(at around 16 mins) When the C-130 overflew the rescue chopper crash site, they chose to use the sound from a multiengine reciprocating aircraft such as a DC-3. The proper sound would have been from turbine powerplants; the C-130 has turboprop powerplants and they do not sound like reciprocating powerplants. 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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An excellent fictional portrayal of the USCG, its aviation crews and their helicopter rescue swimmers!
19 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Our family (and the entire sold out sneak preview audience) enjoyed "The Guardian". Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher gave convincing performances as the fictional helicopter rescue swimmer characters Ben and Jake. After seeing this movie, you can't help but imagine how difficult it must be to graduate from the USCG helicopter rescue swimmer school and one day take part in real rescues.

Even though this is a fictional movie, it delivered rather convincing virtues of team spirit, dedication and bravery exhibited by all the members of the actual U. S. Coast Guard.

The special effects used to create the rescue scenes were incredible. You actually felt like you were taking part in a real rescue.

I feel the movie could have been made without the "Hollywood" bar scene (when you see the movie, you might agree) since the real Coast Guard does not condone such behavior.

Very entertaining, very action packed, definitely worth seeing. Thank you, U. S. Coast Guard and the REAL helicopter rescue swimmers, "So Others May Live". I'd highly recommend this movie to everyone.

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