My Bodyguard

My Bodyguard

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Director: Tony Bill

Cast: Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, Matt Dillon

     
 

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Matt Dillon, Martin Mull, and Chris Makepeace star in the teenage coming-of-age story My Bodyguard. Fox has done a respectable job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer (which also included a pan & scan version as well). While most of the colors and images are well rendered and bright, the picture still retains a bit of softness and grain. However, theSee more details below

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Matt Dillon, Martin Mull, and Chris Makepeace star in the teenage coming-of-age story My Bodyguard. Fox has done a respectable job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer (which also included a pan & scan version as well). While most of the colors and images are well rendered and bright, the picture still retains a bit of softness and grain. However, the film is over 20 years old and as such looks very good for its age. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in English, as well as Dolby Mono. The Dolby 2.0 soundtrack is preferred, though neither of these audio tracks offers much in the way of deep fidelity or depth. No distortion or hiss is heard during any of the dialogue, effects, or music. Also included on this disc is a Dolby Mono soundtrack in French, as well as subtitles in English and Spanish. The only extra features available on this disc are five TV spots and a theatrical trailer for My Bodyguard. This version of My Bodyguard is mediocre at best, though fans will want to seek it out anyhow.

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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:
0024543029175
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
6,405

Special Features

Theatrical trailer & TV spots; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Widescreen format (aspect ratio 1.85:1); Pan & scan (aspect ratio 1.33:1); Audio: English Dolby Surround, English mono, French mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish

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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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Titles
2. A Hotel for a Home
3. First Day at School
4. The Bully
5. The Threat
6. The Principal
7. Revenge
8. Ricky Linderman
9. Revenge Continued
10. Protection
11. Following Ricky
12. Meeting Mr. Dobbs
13. Palm Reading
14. Causing Trouble
15. Where's Ricky?
16. The Awful Truth
17. The Fight
18. End Titles
Side #2 -- Standard
1. Main Titles
2. A Hotel for a Home
3. First Day at School
4. The Bully
5. The Threat
6. The Principal
7. Revenge
8. Ricky Linderman
9. Revenge Continued
10. Protection
11. Following Ricky
12. Meeting Mr. Dobbs
13. Palm Reading
14. Causing Trouble
15. Where's Ricky?
16. The Awful Truth
17. The Fight
18. End Titles

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