My Bodyguard

My Bodyguard

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Director: Tony Bill

Cast: Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, Matt Dillon

     
 

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This quietly compelling film explores the hardships and anxieties of high school with intelligence, sensitivity, warmth and humor. Chris Makepeace stars as a shy, bookish student who has recently moved to Chicago and begun a new school. There he finds himself the target of a group of punks led by Matt Dillon (ideally cast as the weasel-like bully), who threaten him… See more details below

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This quietly compelling film explores the hardships and anxieties of high school with intelligence, sensitivity, warmth and humor. Chris Makepeace stars as a shy, bookish student who has recently moved to Chicago and begun a new school. There he finds himself the target of a group of punks led by Matt Dillon (ideally cast as the weasel-like bully), who threaten him each day to turn over his lunch money for protection...or else. When he stands up to them, he nearly loses his dental work before being saved by Ricky Lindemann (Adam Baldwin), a hulking loner rumored to have murdered his own brother. Makepeace offers the boy a job as his bodyguard, and the two become unlikely friends -- that is, until the ousted bullies find a champion of their own who challenges Lindemann. When Lindemann refuses to fight back, he disappears into reclusion, and the bullying begins anew, worse than ever. Makepeace then learns the truth about Lindemann's past: he did indeed kill his brother, but the death was an accident while the two young boys were playing with a gun, and Lindemann lives tortured by guilt as a result. Just when things seem at their worst, the bodyguard returns to face his nemesis as Makepeace and Dillon square off in the final showdown of good versus evil. The real strength of the film is its handling of the relationships between its characters, particularly between Makepeace and Baldwin, and Makepeace and his family (Martin Mull and Ruth Gordon). My Bodyguard is light but thoughtful entertainment with a Rocky theme that's suitable for the entire family.

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My Bodyguard is propelled by some fine acting from its primarily young cast. The performances of the main teen players (Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, and Matt Dillon) and the supporting adults (Ruth Gordon and Martin Mull) are convincing and genuine. Dillon made a splash in 1979's dystopian Over the Edge, and he stands out here as the creepy school bully. The interplay between Makepeace and Baldwin, however, is the film's most compelling aspect. The film was clearly cast in the same underdog-champion mold of the Rocky films, but it also had a deceptively sweet tone that went against the grain of the usually bitter teen pictures of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Such a sweetness prefigured the explosion of the teen comedy-dramas of the mid-1980s, notably the films of John Hughes. The picture was a critical and popular success, and it marked the feature-film directorial debut of actor-producer Tony Bill.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2002
UPC:
0024543029168
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural, Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:36:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris Makepeace Clifford
Adam Baldwin Linderman
Matt Dillon Moody
Ruth Gordon Gramma
John Houseman Dobbs
Martin Mull Mr. Peache
Craig Richard Nelson Griffith
Paul Quandt Carson
Hank Salas Mike
Joan Cusack Shelley
Kathryn Grody Miss Jump
Dean Miller Hightower
Tim Reyna Koontz
Richard Bradley Dubrow
Denise Baske Leilani
Patrick Billingsley Actor
Dick Cusack Actor
Eddie Gomez Actor
Vicky Nelson Freddy
Tom Reilly Actor
Dorothy Scott Librarian
Jennifer Beals Actor
Dean Devlin Boy
Bruce Jarchow Roberto
Tim Kazurinsky Workman
Marge Kotlisky Mrs. Linderman
George Wendt Engineer
Allison Caine Voice Only

Technical Credits
Tony Bill Director
Michael Daves Asst. Director
Jackson de Govia Production Designer
Don Devlin Producer
Phillip Goldfarb Associate Producer
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Tim Kazurinsky Screenwriter
Stu Linder Editor
Michael D. Margulies Cinematographer
Jeannine Oppewall Set Decoration/Design
Alan Ormsby Screenwriter
Melvin Simon Executive Producer

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