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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:
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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So Others May Live See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guardianes de altamar 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$55,011,732

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$94,973,540
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Chief Flythe, played by Joseph 'Butch' Flythe, who can be seen in various scenes throughout the film, was one of the first five operating rescue swimmers in the Coast Guard, graduating from A school in 1984 and beginning his work at the Elizabeth City base in 1985. See more »

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When Randall is instructing the helo crew to put him on the deck of the sinking ship, he tells them "aft, right side". A Coast Guard crew would use "starboard" instead of "right". 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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Decent flick
30 September 2006 | by easyeeeSee all my reviews

As others that have commented around the web... I'm a 130 pilot in the Coast Guard. Having said that, and being the skeptic I am, I went expecting the over-the-top cheese factors. There was some cheese, but all in all, not much.. and the film was pretty accurate.

I watched the trailer again today. After seeing the film yesterday, I've realized the trailer gives the impression the movie is nothing but rescue after rescue action scenes. This isn't the case.

The movie is truly more character/story driven than action. The inner struggles both Costner and Kutcher are dealing with.. Kutcher's is revealed further into than movie than Costner's is.

Of course, there is a minor love story.. no surprise there. But for the most part, the movie tells the tale of two lives that come together, and after some time, help each other heal old wounds.

As girlie as it sounds, Costner and, as much as I try not to like him, Kutcher do actually work quite well together and compliment each other very well in the movie.

As critics have stated, you've seen it all before.. Top Gun, Officer and a Gentlemen, etc. But what movie hasn't been remade a million times.

I can recall only one F word being spoken.. and can't really recall any other language.

The movie is 2+ hours, and for some, may tend to get a little long towards the end.

You'll laugh, you may cry, but I can honestly say, it was worth the $4 I paid.

I hope you enjoy the movie.


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