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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

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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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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29 September 2006 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

The production company hired local contractors to build a massive indoor wave pool for production. See more »

Goofs

The motto quoted in the film and mentioned in the closing title card - "So Others May Live" - is not an official motto of the Coast Guard. However, Many members of the Coast Guard say this is an unofficial motto that many use anyway. It is very close to that of the creed of the Pararescue Jumpers, "That Others May Live", part of US Air Force Special Operations Command. The actual motto of the Coast Guard is "Semper Paratus", Latin for "Always Ready" or "Always Prepared". 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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Shake Up the World
Written by Stevie Butler, Richard Davis and Chris 'Hambone' Cameron
Performed by Stevie Butler (as Stevie "Funkworm" Butler) featuring Howard Johnson (as Gravity)
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Familiar story but still great.
17 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised to find this movie showing as a sneak preview in my local theater.

We have all seen this plot line before (Top Gun, GI Jane, An Officer and a Gentleman) but a good script still works. This story is basically about the training of a Coast Guard rescue team with a couple of side story lines. Kevin Costner plays a highly successful rescue team leader, Ben Randall, who is forced into heading the training team after a tough mission. The movie takes us through the rigors of the training process and the personal stories of both the Costner character and that of Jake Fischer, played by Ashton Kutcher. I am happy to say that Ashton is great in this part.

There are no great surprises in this movie and you will probably realize what is coming long before it arrives. However, the use of humor, the exploration of the toughness of the training and the fun of watching Ben Randall "do his own thing as a trainer", kept me riveted and thoroughly entertained. I really enjoy watching a movie that makes the entire audience laugh out loud, gasp here and there, and clap at the end as a tribute to the movie.

We all had a good time (despite a couple of tough moments in the movie)and, I think, you will too.


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