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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ben Randall
... Jake Fischer
... Helen Randall
... Emily Thomas
... Capt. William Hadley
... Carl Billings
... Wild Bill
Daniel J. Molthen ... Co-Pilot Wakefield (as Lcdr. Daniel J. Molthen USCG)
Andrew Schanno ... Pilot Mitchell (as Lt. Andrew Schanno USCG)
Adam Pena ... Benjamin Reyes
... Co-Pilot Antunez
Gary Billburg ... Julian Zankich (as PO1 Gary Billburg USCG)
Joshua Mitcheltree ... Mitcheltree (as PO2 Joshua Mitcheltree USCG)
Rusty Tennant ... Mover #1
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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So Others May Live See more »


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29 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Guardianes de altamar  »

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Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,006,064, 1 October 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$55,011,732

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$94,973,540
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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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After rescuing the kayakers in the cave, the MH-60 has Astoria above the cabin due to the shot being off the Oregon coast instead of 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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Run Me in the Dirt
Music by Craig Miller
Lyrics by Craig Miller and Joseph 'Butch' Flythe
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Retold story holds water
18 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

I've seen this story before but my kids haven't. Boy with troubled past joins military, faces his past, falls in love and becomes a man. The mentor this time is played perfectly by Kevin Costner; An ordinary man with common everyday problems who lives an extraordinary conviction, to save lives. After losing his team he takes a teaching position training the next generation of heroes. The young troubled recruit is played by Kutcher. While his scenes with the local love interest are a tad stiff and don't generate enough heat to melt butter, he compliments Costner well. I never really understood Sela Ward as the neglected wife and felt she should of wanted Costner to quit out of concern for his safety as opposed to her selfish needs. But her presence on screen is a pleasure. The two unaccredited stars of this movie are the Coast Guard and the Sea. Both powerful forces which should not be taken for granted in real life or this movie. The movie has some slow spots and could have used the wasted 15 minutes to strengthen the character relationships. But it still works. The rescue scenes are intense and well filmed and edited to provide maximum impact. This movie earns the audience applause. And the applause of my two sons.


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