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The Guardian (1984)

Plagued by crime, the residents of a NYC condominium hire a seemingly over-zealous security expert to patrol the building.

Director:

David Greene
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Charlie Hyatt
Louis Gossett Jr. ... John Mack
Arthur Hill ... Dr. Phil Julian
Tandy Cronyn ... Lynn Hyatt
Simon Reynolds ... Robbie Hyatt
Tom Harvey Tom Harvey ... Mr. Wicker
Maury Chaykin ... Rudy Simbro
Anthony Sherwood ... Mr. Chambers
Taborah Johnson ... Mrs. Chambers
Dinah Christie Dinah Christie ... Claire Julian
Kate Lynch ... Fran
Shaaun Taylor Shaaun Taylor ... Junkie
Bathsheba Garnett ... Mrs. Jacobs
Hadley Kay Hadley Kay ... Jason
Wendy Crewson ... Marlee Kramer
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The residents of a New York City apartment building are shocked when one of them is shot during a burglary. They decide to hire a security expert to patrol the building, but he seems a little over-committed to his work. Residents are uncomfortable with the security expert's methods, but choose safety over asking at what cost. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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John Mack is going to protect you . . . whether you want him to or not. (Video Australia)

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Crime | Thriller

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Wächter See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

CAD 4,400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the film was shot in the abandoned Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital in the west end of Toronto, Ontario, which later became Humber College's Lakeshore Campus. Police Academy (1984) also had scenes filmed at this location. See more »

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Geddit Up
8 July 2002 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Alongside DEADLY VOYAGE this is one of the best films ever to have been made for television . THE GUARDIAN stars Sheen as a white bleeding heart liberal and Gossett Jr as a black draconian fascistic security guard and it`s no coincidence that these two people are written this way or that one`s black and one`s white . Indeed it`s central to the subtext and character arcs . Best part is the climax when Sheen - who goes slightly OTT in this scene , and that`s by no means a criticism - realises that he has to " Geddit up " . If you`re wondering why he doesn`t want to " Geddit up " then you`ll just have to watch this great TVM . You won`t be disappointed


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