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Lifeguard (1976)

PG | | Drama | 23 July 1976 (USA)
Rick, still in his 30's, works full-time as a lifeguard on the beaches of Los Angeles. When he meets his divorced high school girlfriend and her five-year-old son at their fifteen years, he considers switching to a more "serious" job.


Daniel Petrie


Ron Koslow




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


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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Every girl's summer dream




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The songs "Alfie" and "Wives and Lovers", by Burt Bacharach, and "Moon River" by Henry Mancini, are played during the high school reunion scene. See more »


Chris Randall: Hey, what do you do during the winter?
Rick Carlson: Same thing I do during the summer.
Rick Carlson: Yeah? Must get lonely, huh?
Rick Carlson: Ah, beats selling encyclopedias.
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Moon River
Music by Henry Mancini
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Best Sam Elliot movie yet.
10 March 2005 | by jailhouserock762See all my reviews

Back in the 70s i had to have seen all those party movies , for example, The Van and The Gas Pump Girls, and lifeguard was so much of a breath of fresh air along side of those others, i grew up hanging out at redondo beach and Hermosa beach California which is where this movie was filmed, in fact on ricks tower u see the letters HR i believe that stands for Hermosa/redondo and this is also 1 of the beaches that mike love and Dennis Wilson of the beach boys used to hang out at as they lived in near by Hawthorne, I have this movie on VHS not available on DVD yet, and I watch it at least once a month, as i live in new york now and this movie brings back some special memories of my fun days, i even love that song time and tide in this movie, and watching him drive to the beach in his stingray passing all those very familiar businesses, wow, well if your nostalgic then i don't have to explain the feeling. LIFEGUARD is on my list SAM elliots #1 movie.

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