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The Guardian (2006)

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


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29 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Guardianes de altamar  »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,006,064 (USA) (1 October 2006)

Gross:

$55,011,732 (USA)
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Trivia

The Coast Guard A school for rescue swimmers is not at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana, but Elizabeth City, North Carolina. See more »

Goofs

During the one hour swim endurance test on the first day, a camera scissor lift can be seen quickly in the background. 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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst of 2006 (2007) See more »

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Run Me in the Dirt
Music by Craig Miller
Lyrics by Craig Miller and Joseph 'Butch' Flythe
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Worthy of audience applause
8 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I attended an advance screening of this film not sure of what to expect from Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher; both have delivered less than memorable performances & films. While the underlying "general" storyline is somewhat familiar, this film was excellent. Both Costner and Kutcher delivered powerful performances playing extremely well off each other. The human frailties and strengths of their respective characters were incredibly played by both; the scene when Costner confronts Kutcher with the personal reasons why Kutcher joined the Coast Guard rescue elite was the film's most unforgettable emotional moment. The "specific" storyline was an education in itself depicting the personal sacrifice and demanding physical training the elite Coast Guard rescuers must go through in preparation of their only job & responsibility...to save lives at sea. The special effects of the rescue scenes were extremely realistic and "wowing"...I haven't seen such angry seas since "The Perfect Storm". Co-star Clancy Brown (HBO's "Carnivale" - great to see him again) played the captain of the Coast Guard's Kodiak, Alaska base in a strong, convincing role as a leader with the prerequisite and necessary ice water in his veins. The film wonderfully, and finally, gives long overdue exposure and respect to the Coast Guard; it had the audience applauding at the end.


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