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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:

I'm tired of being terrorized in the toilets, chased after school, and shaken down for my lunch money. Will you be my bodyguard? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

The film was released the same year as Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). In the background of the bedroom in the hotel, there is a poster of C3PO and R2-D2 from Star Wars. Cliff plays with an X-Wing figurine in his father's office, as well. See more »

Goofs

In the lunch counter scene, Shelley is shown buying an RC soda, and carrying it to the table. A following cut shows her drinking from a Diet Rite can. See more »

Quotes

Melvin Moody: Hey, Shelly. Do you want to go to the movies?
Shelley: Sure.
Melvin Moody: Okay, have a good time while you're there.
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Connections

Referenced in Family Matters: My Bodyguard (1995) 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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One of those movies you remember as a kid
15 May 2007 | by aboyadSee all my reviews

'My bodyguard' is one of those movies--like 'Breaking away'--that you remember long after the credits end. If you saw it as a kid like I did, the movie hit you in the gut. It is just 'real.' The film offers a slice of teen life that you can definitely relate to, whether you've been bullied or not. It includes wonderful performances all around. Chris Makepeace is really great in this movie--and so is Matt Dillon! I don't know why it's been rated so low--it's a great film and I'd highly recommend it. There's that sense of teen angst and finding your place in the world, and it resonates and works on lots of levels. All sorts of crappy movies get higher ratings, go figure!


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