A high school swim champion with a troubled past enrolls in the U.S. Coast Guard's "A" School, where legendary rescue swimmer Ben Randall teaches him some hard lessons about loss, love, and self-sacrifice.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Ben Randall
Ashton Kutcher ... Jake Fischer
Sela Ward ... Helen Randall
Melissa Sagemiller ... Emily Thomas
Clancy Brown ... Capt. William Hadley
Omari Hardwick ... Carl Billings
Alex Daniels ... Wild Bill
Daniel J. Molthen Daniel J. Molthen ... Co-Pilot Wakefield (as Lcdr. Daniel J. Molthen USCG)
Andrew Schanno Andrew Schanno ... Pilot Mitchell (as Lt. Andrew Schanno USCG)
Adam Pena Adam Pena ... Benjamin Reyes
Joe Arquette ... Co-Pilot Antunez
Gary Billburg Gary Billburg ... Julian Zankich (as PO1 Gary Billburg USCG)
Joshua Mitcheltree Joshua Mitcheltree ... Mitcheltree (as PO2 Joshua Mitcheltree USCG)
Rusty Tennant Rusty Tennant ... Mover #1
James Barnes James Barnes ... Doctor #1
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Ben Randall is a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. When his crew is killed in an accident and his marriage ends, his commander tells him he wants Randall to go to the US Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer "A" School to train other rescue swimmers. He encounters a guy named Jake who's a little cocky because he was once a swim champion. So Ben puts him through the wringer to see if he can handle it. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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One of the students was Mark Gangloff, an Olympic swimmer who won gold in Athens. See more »

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The entire area is blanketed in snow when Fisch and Randall arrive at Kodiak, but in the cave rescue scene there is no snow anywhere on the cliffs or on the bluff above the cave. That is because the scene was filmed near Cape Disappointment, Washington, not Alaska. See more »

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Capt. William Hadley: There is a legend of a man who lives beneath the sea. He is a fisher of men, the last hope of all those who have been left behind. Many survivors claim to have felt his gripping hands beneath them; pushing them up to the surface; whispering strength until help could arrive. But this, of course, is only a legend.
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References The Shawshank Redemption (1994) See more »

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An excellent fictional portrayal of the USCG, its aviation crews and their helicopter rescue swimmers!
19 September 2006 | by japoti1See all my reviews

Our family (and the entire sold out sneak preview audience) enjoyed "The Guardian". Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher gave convincing performances as the fictional helicopter rescue swimmer characters Ben and Jake. After seeing this movie, you can't help but imagine how difficult it must be to graduate from the USCG helicopter rescue swimmer school and one day take part in real rescues.

Even though this is a fictional movie, it delivered rather convincing virtues of team spirit, dedication and bravery exhibited by all the members of the actual U. S. Coast Guard.

The special effects used to create the rescue scenes were incredible. You actually felt like you were taking part in a real rescue.

I feel the movie could have been made without the "Hollywood" bar scene (when you see the movie, you might agree) since the real Coast Guard does not condone such behavior.

Very entertaining, very action packed, definitely worth seeing. Thank you, U. S. Coast Guard and the REAL helicopter rescue swimmers, "So Others May Live". I'd highly recommend this movie to everyone.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Kodiak, Alaska, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,006,064, 1 October 2006

Gross USA:

$55,011,732

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$94,973,540
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