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.
At the NFL Draft, General Manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.
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
The commanding officer of the Kodiak Alaska Coast Guard Station is named Captain Hadley. The same actor (Clancy Brown) played the senior prison guard in The Shawshank Redemption (1994), also named Captain (Byron) Hadley. See more »
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 »
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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An excellent fictional portrayal of the USCG, its aviation crews and their helicopter rescue swimmers!
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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