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The Bodyguard
1992 - USA - 130 min - Color


Lawrence Kasdan originally wrote his script for 'The Bodyguard' in the late 1960s as a vehicle for Steve McQueen; by the time it reached the screen, Kasdan's star was another movie hearthrob, Kevin Costner. When imperious musical superstar Whitney Houston begins receiving death threats, she is compelled to hire a bodyguard. Enter Costner, who immediately incurs the wrath of Houston and her entourage by imposing prison-like security measures. An ex-Secret Service agent, Costner still hasn't purged himself of his guilt feelings over his inability to protect President Reagan from would-be assassin John Hinckley (in the original concept, the agent had been guarding JFK in Dallas, but Costner was too young to make this credible; besides, he and Oliver Stone had been there before). Gradually, and inevitably, Costner and Houston fall in love. Though there are plot holes that one can drive trucks through, the film builds efficiently to a nailbiting climax at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, where Houston is slated to sing at the Oscar ceremony-and her stalker is primed to bag his target. Ralph Waite is effectively cast as Costner's father, while Robert Wuhl and Debbie Reynolds please the crowd in their cameo roles. At times silly in the extreme (at one point, Kevin Costner comes off as a capeless Superman!), The Bodyguard was nonetheless a huge box-office success, helped along in no small part by Whitney Houston's bestselling rendition of the old Dolly Parton hit "I Will Always Love You." — Hal Erickson


    Kevin Costner .... Frank Farmer
    Whitney Houston .... Rachel Marron
    Gary Kemp .... Sy Spector
    Bill Cobbs .... Bill Devaney
    Ralph Waite .... Herb Farmer
    Tomas Arana .... Greg Portman
    Michele Lamar Richards .... Nicki Marron
    Mike Starr .... Tony Scipelli
    Christopher Birt .... Henry
    DeVaughn Nixon .... Fletcher Marron


    Mick Jackson - Director
    Kevin Costner - Producer
    Lawrence Kasdan - Producer
    Jim Wilson - Producer
    Lawrence Kasdan - Screenwriter
    David Foster - Songs
    Jud Friedman - Songs
    Dolly Parton - Song ("I Will Always Love You")
    Alan Silvestri - Composer (Music Score)
    Alan Dennis Rich - Music
    Andrew Dunn - Cinematography
    Donn Cambern - Film Editing
    Richard A. Harris - Film Editing
    Elisabeth Leustig - Casting
    Jeffrey Beecroft - Production Design
    William Ladd Skinner - Art Decoration
    Rodney M. Byrd - Special Effects
    Maureen Crowe - Music Supervisor

  • Director: Mick Jackson
  • Genre: Romantic Showbiz Drama, Thriller
  • Box Office: $410,945,700
  • Release: Nov 25, 1992 (USA)