The BodyguardDirector: Mick Jackson
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. Ralph Waite is cast as Costner's father, while Robert Wuhl and Debbie Reynolds please the crowd in their cameo roles. The Bodyguard was 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."
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Cast & Crew
|Kevin Costner||Frank Farmer|
|Whitney Houston||Rachel Marron|
|Gary Kemp||Sy Spector|
|Bill Cobbs||Bill Devaney|
|Ralph Waite||Herb Farmer|
|DeVaughn Walter Nixon||Fletcher Marron|
|Christopher Connelly||Oscar Arrivals MC|
|Gerry Bamman||Ray Court|
|Robert Wuhl||Oscar Host|
|Richard Schiff||Skip Thomas|
|Nathaniel Parker||Clive Healy|
|Bert Remsen||Rotary President|
|Donald Hotton||Reverend Hardy|
|Patricia Healy||1st Sound Winner|
|Rob Sullivan||Best Sound Presenter|
|Stephen Shellen||Tom Winston|
|Victoria Bass||Woman in Green|
|Phil Redrow||Video Director|
|Joseph C. Hess||Cuban Husband|
|Susan Traylor||Dress Designer|
|Linda Thompson||Female Academy Member|
|David Foster||Oscar Conductor|
|Michele Lamar Richards||Nikki Marron|
|Jeffrey Beecroft||Production Designer|
|David Foster||Score Composer|
|Lisa Dean||Set Decoration/Design|
|Warren Hamilton||Sound Editor|
|Richard A. Harris||Editor|
|Donald Myers||Special Effects|
|Susan Nininger||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Alan Silvestri||Score Composer|
|William Ladd Skinner||Art Director|
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Costner is quiet and strong, very similar to his role in "The Untouchables"--subtile but tightly-strung masculinity. Houston presents a provocative bouquet of the saucy and vulnerable come-hither--supremely desirable--her voice and delivery of the theme song, Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," beyond breathtaking. Together they are Fourth-of-July fireworks, seen through a glass of Masseto merlot, and heard through the veil of satin sheets. Wandering a tangle of taut suspense, downy-soft passion, and consuming resentment, the latter from several unexpected quarters, "The Bodyguard" is a love story in the grandest Shakespearian mode, substituting permanent separation for death, and leaving the viewer to decide which is worse. Nothing could be more heart-wrenching than that two people, irresistibly drawn to a real love that overcomes immovable obstacles, only to find that, in this case, overcoming does not remove them, and that they cannot pursue their divergent, destined paths together. Still, as anyone who has ever truly loved, beyond mere desire, knows, as Tennyson put it, "it is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all." It is the bitterest sweet imaginable.
Two great superstars caught in an intriguing plot with lots of suspense and good acting; good to watch.
when I saw this movie,i became an avid fan of Whitney right there and then...i got hooked in collecting all of her cd's,posters,movies...I love it...
Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner in an amazing display of Love, Passion, Commitment, and Fight for Love.. A must see!!
With good suspense, I thought the movie was good, not the best but still pretty good. Music also good.