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The Guardian (2006)

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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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Andrew Davis
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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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Storyline

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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When lives are on the line, sacrifice everything. See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher are both members of the Delta Chi fraternity. See more »

Goofs

Several times, we're told that Fischer was offered swimming scholarships by "all the Ivy League Schools." Ivy League schools do not offer athletic scholarships. Also, the Ivies haven't had first rate swimming programs since Yale in the early sixties. An outstanding high school swimmer would be receiving scholarship offers from schools in conferences such as the SEC or Pac 10. 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 Matchstick Men (2003) See more »

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Jazzy Piano
Written and Performed by Neil Artwick
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Overall good movie but has some weak points
20 September 2006 | by barryk_76See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to see this movie on pre-release last night and, though I wasn't expecting to, actually really enjoyed the movie for the most part. The rescues and sea effects were amazing to watch and definitely provided edge of the seat tense moments, probably all the more so knowing that there are guys who do this for a living. The weaker parts of the movie revolve largely around using stereotypical set scenes. I'm not going to spoil the movie but this really follows along the lines of An Officer and a Gentleman and those moments give it a little bit of a cheesy aftertaste.

Like I said over all this movie is pretty good and worth checking out as long as you can get past the clichés.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Guardian See more »

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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