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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.


David Greene
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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


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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Martin Sheen, made-for-T.V.-movie-superstar: The Guardian
20 August 2005 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

The Guardian (1984) was one of the many made-for-t.v.-movies that Martin Sheen starred in during the eighties. In this picture he stars as a mealy mouth "liberal" who opposed the strict law enforcement rules of his new apartment security guard (Lou Gossett Jr.) After a several near miss calls for the upper class residents involving the residents, Sheen decides to do some amateur sleuthing and discovers a couple of shady activities that the security guard has been doing. This raises a few questions within Sheen's mind. Does he follow his convictions and rat out the security guard? What about the safety of his neighbors or himself? Will their lives be in peril from the evil hoods that stalk the streets? Why does the Security Guard always acts so shady and secretive? You'll find out the questions to these answers when you watch The Guardian!!

This was a very good t.v. movie. It raises some interesting questions and the film makers leave a t lot of open ended ones as well. Even as a liberal myself, Martin Sheen's character is too stereotypical for my tastes. That's my only qualm with this movie. Other than that, it's a good watch.


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Release Date:

20 October 1984 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »


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CAD4,400,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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