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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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1.85 : 1
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The production company hired local contractors to build a massive indoor wave pool for production. See more »


(at around 45 mins) As Randall is stepping out of the "hypothermia pool" to speak with the other training officers, the camera briefly cuts back to Fischer inside the pool. Look quickly and you will see Randall in the foreground - even though he is supposed to be climbing out of the pool, and is standing outside of the pool when the camera cuts back again. 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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 30 September 2006 (2006) See more »


Never Let Go
Written by Bryan Adams, Eliot Kennedy and Trevor Rabin
Orchestral arrangement by Trevor Rabin and Jennifer Hammond
Produced by Bryan Adams and Trevor Rabin
Performed by Bryan Adams
Courtesy of Polydor Limited
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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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