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Lifeguard (1976)

PG | | Drama | 23 July 1976 (USA)
Rick is in his 30s, but still works full-time as a lifeguard on the beaches of Los Angeles, California. He enjoys the fun of it, but even more, the silent moments. However, when he meets ... See full summary »

Director:

Daniel Petrie

Writer:

Ron Koslow

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Elliott ... Rick
Anne Archer ... Cathy
Stephen Young ... Larry
Parker Stevenson ... Chris
Kathleen Quinlan ... Wendy
Sharon Clark Sharon Clark ... Tina (as Sharon Weber)
Steve Burns Steve Burns ... Machine Gun
Lenka Peterson ... Mrs. Carlson
George Wallace ... Mr. Carlson (as George D. Wallace)
Paul Kent Paul Kent ... Jack Gilmore
Susan Anderson Susan Anderson ... Sandy
Beatrice Colen ... Judy
Linda Gillen ... Dell
Jody Gilbert ... Woman
Russ Marin ... Voyeur
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Storyline

Rick is in his 30s, but still works full-time as a lifeguard on the beaches of Los Angeles, California. He enjoys the fun of it, but even more, the silent moments. However, when he meets his divorced high school girlfriend and her five-year-old son at their fifteen year class reunion, he considers switching to a more "serious" job. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

Every girl's summer dream

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El salvavidas See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,424,178

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,424,178
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Adam Rourke was considered for the role of Rick Carlson and Director Daniel Petrie was watching Frogs (1972) when he noticed Sam Elliott, who eventually won the role. See more »

Quotes

Rick Carlson: [speaking of Machine Gun and his pals] Those are the horniest little guys this side of TJ.
Chris Randall: TJ?
Rick Carlson: Tijuana, man
Chris Randall: Hey, why do they call him Machine Gun?
Rick Carlson: I don't know, everybody calls him that. Claims he holds the international record for jerking off.
Chris Randall: [laughst] When I was his age, I thought I held it.
Rick Carlson: Yeah, we all held it. I think he holds it more.
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Soundtracks

Moon River
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Mancini
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A must for those of us who changed from working to living
2 September 2001 | by bayoudanSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie about five years after a miserable divorce. I had worked fifteen years supplying a monster home, Mercedes for her, Jag V12 for me, all for nothing. With everything now gone I saw this film not once but two days in a row. The actors, the plot and the Bee-Gee's background music was almost hypnotic. It helped me change my vocation from being corporate cattle, to one that I love doing. A copy rests in my video library and is viewed regularly. It's 5 star to me.


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