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The Bodyguard (1992)

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A former Secret Service agent takes on the job of bodyguard to a pop singer, whose lifestyle is most unlike a President's.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frank Farmer
... Rachel Marron
... Sy Spector
... Devaney
... Herb Farmer
... Portman
... Nicki
... Tony
Christopher Birt ... Henry
... Fletcher
... Ray Court
... Minella
Tony Pierce ... Dan
... Klingman
... Oscar Host
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Storyline

A pop singer has been receiving threatening notes, and her manager hires a bodyguard known for his good work. The bodyguard ruffles the singer's feathers and most of her entourage by tightening security more than they feel is necessary. The bodyguard is haunted by the fact that he was on Reagan's secret service staff but wasn't there to prevent the attack by Hinckley. Eventually the bodyguard and the singer start an affair, and she begins to believe his precautions are necessary when the stalker strikes close to home. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Never let her out of your sight. Never let your guard down. Never fall in love.

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Action | Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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25 November 1992 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,611,793, 29 November 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$121,945,720

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$410,900,000
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Kevin Costner first saw the script while working with Lawrence Kasdan on Silverado (1985). See more »

Goofs

When Frank tells Henry they're adding to his duties as Frank's assistant, it's not that quick simple. Rachel would have to have her lawyer create a new contract stating his new duties including an increase in salary and full coverage in health benefits, since his job would be more dangerous. See more »

Quotes

Rachel: [to Frank] What are you looking at? You've probably never had a heavy night in your whole damn disciplined life.
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Spoofed in Bulletproof (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Run to You
Written by Allan Rich (as Allan Rich) and Jud Friedman
Produced by David Foster
Performed by Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston Appears Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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"Dull movie, magnificent soundtrack"
9 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

As the title states above, that's all I really think about with this movie: an incredibly boring and predictable plot. But the key to this movie's success is its multimillion-selling soundtrack by the incomparable Whitney Houston. Although, it has to be said, her acting was lackluster at the worst of times, her presence as one pop icon's biggest stars was why people went to see this movie and the reasons for its high gross: to see her sing some of the biggest ballads of the modern era.

The lack of sexual chemistry between pop star Rachel Marron (Whitney Houston) – I know, not much of a challenging role playing yourself right? – and Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner) as her bodyguard is just one of the many reasons why this film didn't really work.

It was obvious that this film wasn't going to win any Oscars for acting as it was simply lifeless. Instead, the pair relied on a relaxed approach to their scenes to try and ignite some kind of genuine or uncontrollable passion. However, I did not see any passion in the movie except for Houston's vocal numbers and perhaps (I'll give it to the movie) the kissing scene at the end of the picture before Houston's iconic rendition of "I Will Always Love You", an old country tune came bursting in at the credits.

However, the fact Houston essentially played herself in this movie demonstrated how much it lacked in believability, I'm guessing the kind of message Costner and the producers were trying to put across was an unconventional love story. Instead the picture focused on Houston's vocals (amazing, mind you) and that's what sold this movie to millions of fans.

Costner knew what he was getting himself in for when he cast Houston as the lead – mega bucks. What I will take away from this movie – a positive – is giving Houston the opportunity to give the world some memorable ballads that will stand to the end of time as some of the greatest songs every recorded.


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