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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 »

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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 »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El salvavidas See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Parker Stevenson (Chris) played Craig Pomeroy on Baywatch (1989). 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

Falling In Love With The Wind
Words and Music by Dale Menten
Sung by Carol Parks (as Carol Carmichael)
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That rarity -- a nice little movie.
2 April 1999 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

Thank goodness Sam Elliott took his shirt off twice in "Frogs." The wife of Daniel Petrie supposedly saw "Frogs" while her husband was trying to cast the lead role in his new movie, "Lifeguard," and she suggested he consider a minor actor with a suntanned physique named Sam Elliott. Mrs. Petrie proved to be a shrewd judge of man-flesh because it's impossible to imagine "Lifeguard" without Elliott's presence. And thank goodness Elliott wasn't asked to shave his gloriously-hairy chest for that "Southern California" look! This is a movie made on that cusp between the turbulent 60s and the self-satisfied 70s, about a man who's happy with a job which others think is beneath him. Quiet, thoughtful, and with a career-high performance by its leading man, "Lifeguard" had little impact at the box office back in 1976 but over the years it's acquired a loyal and discerning following. (Of course, there is the matter of Elliott's character having sex with an underage girl played by Kathleen Quinlan.) Elliott spends much of the movie wearing red "Baywatch" style swim trunks but at one point, for a swimming race, he slips into a tight mini-pair of Speedos which clearly shows he's "reproductively-gifted."


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