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My Bodyguard (1980)

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When a boy comes to a new school and gets harassed by a bully, he acquires the services of the school's most feared kid as a bodyguard.

Director:

Tony Bill

Writer:

Alan Ormsby
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Makepeace ... Clifford
Adam Baldwin ... Linderman
Matt Dillon ... Moody
Paul Quandt ... Carson
Hank Salas ... Mike
Joan Cusack ... Shelley
Dean R. Miller Dean R. Miller ... Hightower
Tim Reyna Tim Reyna ... Koontz
Richard Bradley ... Dubrow
Denise Baske Denise Baske ... Leilani
Vicky Nelson Vicky Nelson ... Freddy
Tom Rielly ... Reissman
Paul Charbonneau Paul Charbonneau ... Allen
Laura Salenger Laura Salenger ... Girl
Bert Hoddinott Bert Hoddinott ... Burt
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Storyline

Clifford Peache is the new kid in Lake View High School. Faced with all the stress that role entails he makes his situation worse by insulting Moody, the leader of a group of toughs who extort lunch money from kids. These punks pretend to be bodyguards for the kids to protect them from Linderman who, it is rumored, killed his brother in cold blood. Clifford befriends the sullen Linderman and hires him as his bodyguard. When Moody ups the ante, Linderman must decide whether fighting for what he believes in, with his haunted past and image, is justified. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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Taglines:

Terrorized in the toilets? Chased after school? Shaken down for your lunch money? GET A BODYGUARD! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bodyguard See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$178,641, 13 July 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,482,952
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut of Adam Baldwin, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Beals (uncredited), Dean Devlin and Paul Quandt. See more »

Goofs

Shelley is shown without a necklace in the restaurant, but wearing a silver necklace in the junkyard. See more »

Quotes

Clifford Peache: Will you be my bodyguard? I'll pay you fifty cents every day. I'll do your homework for you. I'm pretty smart.
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Connections

Referenced in Step by Step: My Bodyguard (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Serenade for Strings in G Major, K. 525 (Eine kleine Nachtmusik)
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Played by the kids in the music class in the gym
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True to adolescent life with a tour de force performance by Baldwin
1 August 2005 | by cineaste1939See all my reviews

Anyone who has ever been subjected to the ethos of "might makes right" will appreciate the raw truth of this film. The opportunity to trump the bullies with their own "high card" is one that uncounted thousands of decent, peaceable kids fantasize about. The amazing and regrettable thing is that this breathtaking debut performance by Adam Baldwin was not capitalized on by producers or directors. Instead Baldwin was relegated to roles like the sadistic British officer in "The Patriot" which takes advantage of his imposing physical presence but gives him no opportunity to display his unexpected, attractive and profound humanity. Perhaps someday a wise filmmaker will recognize Baldwin's potential and make the most of his abilities.


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