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Director: Andrew Davis

Cast: Andrew Davis, Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, Sela Ward


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A decorated Coast Guard search and rescue specialist still haunted by the death of his teammates during a disastrous mission off the coast of Alaska is charged with the task of training the next generation of Coast Guard rescue swimmers in director Andrew Davis' ocean-bound adventure drama. Ben Randall (Kevin…  See more details below


A decorated Coast Guard search and rescue specialist still haunted by the death of his teammates during a disastrous mission off the coast of Alaska is charged with the task of training the next generation of Coast Guard rescue swimmers in director Andrew Davis' ocean-bound adventure drama. Ben Randall (Kevin Costner) was the best swimmer of his graduating class, but upon surfacing as the sole survivor of an Alaskan rescue mission attempted during a Category Three storm, his outlook on life has grown increasingly jaded. Now, as hotshot young swimmer Jake Fischer (Ashton Kutcher) arrives at Coast Guard rescue school looking to accomplish something meaningful with his life, he will be forced to endure the rigorous training methods of a man who expects nothing less than the very best in order to become a member of one of the most elite rescue squads on the planet.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The story of callow, cocky recruits hammered into shape by grizzled veterans is a time-honored film convention. Handled with conviction, though, familiar character types and plot situations can take on a bright new sheen. Such is the case with The Guardian. Ben Randall (Kevin Costner), a living legend among the U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers -- an elite unit of men and women who brave stormy seas to aid victims in distress -- is reassigned from active duty to a head teaching post. His most problematic student is Jake Fischer (Ashton Kutcher), a former high school swimming champ whose bluster annoys the skeptical veteran. Does Fischer really have what it takes, or will he fold in a crisis situation? Focusing primarily on the conflict between teacher and student, director Andrew Davis coaxes fine performances from his two leads; still, the principal players are nearly upstaged by singer Bonnie Bramlett, playing a brassy chanteuse who operates a music club near the school. The big, elaborately staged, nail-bitingly intense rescue mission that dominates the final reels comes right on schedule, but like much of this vastly entertaining piece of escapism, its basic satisfactions trump its predictability.

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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Never-before-seen alternate ending; Deleted scenes; "Unsung Heroes" - Tribute to the real-life U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmers; "Making Waves" - The making of The Guardian; Audio commentary - With director Andrew Davis and writer Ron L. Brinkerhoff

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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 Co-Pilot Wakefield
Andrew Schanno Pilot Mitchell
Adam Pena Benjamin Reyes
Joe Arquette Co-Pilot Antunez
Gary Billburg Julian Zankich
Joshua Mitcheltree Mitcheltree
Rusty Tennant Mover #1
James Barnes Doctor #1
Stephanie Barnes Doctor #2
Andrea Martynowski Ops Commander
Ron Fien Wickham
Nevada Smith Co-Pilot Krauss
Jay Bingham Ops Tech
Shane Sweitzer Swimmer Nelson
John Heard Capt. Frank Larson
Neal McDonough Jack Skinner
Joseph "Butch" Flythe Butch Flythe
Robert E. Watson Robert Watson
John Hall John Hall
Johnell Gainey Johnell Lewis
Jeff Loftus Executive Officer
Brian Geraghty Billy Hodge
Dulé Hill Ken Weatherly
Shelby Fenner Lindsey, Cate
Michael Rady Nick Zingaro
Peter Gail Doran, Danny
Brian Patrick Wade Mitch Lyons
Benny Ciaramello Benny Partida
Travis Willingham Travis Finely
Matt Laub Matt Stokes
Matthew L. Rucker Matthew Bunch
Tanica Jamison Tanica Treadwell
Paul Wallace Paul Metz
Tilky Jones Tilky Flint
Megan Melgaard Megan Hyde
Scott Mueller Scott Reeves
Jacob Stevens Jacob Pavich
Austin Lash Austin Vogel
Mark Gangloff Mark Colby
Damon Lipari Damon Bennett
Roger Edwards Rober Cable
Gregory J. Barnett Pilot Victim
Kenny G. Krauss Groom
Gioacchino Brucia Waiter
J.D. Evermore Jailer
Bryce Cass Manny
Bonnie Bramlett Maggie McGlone
Richard Davis Guitar
James Burton Guitar
Tony Brown Bass
Tony Brown Bass
Wayne Stewart Drums
Chris "Hambone" Cameron Keyboards
Mark Ohlsen Trumpet
Gene Barge Sax
Steve Eisen Sax
Josie Aiello Singer
Devin Thompson Singer
Tina Treadwell Singer
Corrine DeGroot Bartender
Greg Sproles Huge Navy Guy
Ron Dean Navy Captain
James Landers Brandon Molale
Jesse De Villa Austin Kincaid,Eric Norris
Leigh Hennessy Drowing Woman
Tanner Gill Husband
Norm Compton Sea Captain
Donald Fisher Young Crewman
Tommy Rosales Yoshio Iizuka
Vladimir Tevlovski Tony Snegoff
Henry Kingi Cave Victim #1
Dorian Kingi Cave Victim #2
Deborah Boone Victim's Aunt
Roxanne Brooks Victim's Mother
Conrad Palmisano Fishing Boat Captain
Michael James Fisherman#1
Danny Cosmo Higginbottom Fisherman #2
Gene Hartline Fisherman #3
John Rottger Survivor
Gordon Goodwin Conductor

Technical Credits
Andrew Davis Director
Bryan Adams Songwriter
Steve Adcock Camera Operator
Maher Ahmad Production Designer
Terry Ahue Stunts
Michael Applebaum Camera Operator
Gregory J. Barnett Stunts
Jeffrey Barnett Stunts
Chester Quinton Bell Costumes/Costume Designer
Armyan Bernstein Executive Producer
Lowell D. Blank Associate Producer
Carla Chao Brenholtz Makeup
Ron L. Brinkerhoff Screenwriter
Andrew Cahn Art Director
Zanne Devine Executive Producer
Mark Fincannon Casting
Lisa Mae Fincannon Casting
Craig Fincannon Casting
Sarah Halley Finn Casting
Scott R. Fisher Stunts
George Fisher Stunts
Beau Flynn Producer
Tanner Gill Stunts
Richard Bryce Goodman Sound/Sound Designer
Austin Gorg Art Director
Jeffrey Haupt Sound Mixer
Michael Haynes Stunts
Randi Hiller Casting
Brad Holtzman Costumes/Costume Designer
Joel Iwataki Sound Mixer
Daniel R. Jennings Set Decoration/Design
Karin Justman Stunts
Oliver Keller Stunts
Eliot Kennedy Songwriter
James D. LaRocca Asst. Director
Vincent Lascoumes Asst. Director
Tracey Levy Makeup
Charlie Lyons Executive Producer
Peter Macgregor-Scott Executive Producer
Eddie Mathews Stunts
Mack Melson Sound Mixer
Bryan H. Moss Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas J. Nordberg Editor
Chris Papajohn Stunts
Mark A. Peterson Costumes/Costume Designer
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
Paige Reeves Makeup
Steven T. Ritzi Stunts
John Rottger Stunts
William V. Ryder Set Decoration/Design
Tim Soergel Stunts
Stephen St. John Cinematographer
Bruce Stambler Sound/Sound Designer
Aimee Stuit Makeup
Mike Thomas Camera Operator
James Tocci Set Decoration/Design
Russell Towery Stunts
Michael Trisler Stunts
Tierre Turner Stunts
Bob Ulland Camera Operator
Tripp Vinson Producer
Dennis Virkler Editor
Sterling Winans Stunts
Keith Woulard Stunts

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Guardian
1. To the Rescue [9:07]
2. Welcome to "A" School [13:09]
3. Exceeding Expectations [10:34]
4. The Bet [10:49]
5. Waiting to Surface [11:26]
6. Broken Records [11:07]
7. Barroom Brawl [16:41]
8. Open Water [3:29]
9. The First Rescue [5:40]
10. Saying Goodbye [13:09]
11. Never Let Go [6:36]
12. End Credits [20:01]

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The Guardian 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some of the most compelling moments in this otherwise dated rehash of the troubled aging chance-taker in a military unit taking on the similar inner demons of a young recruit are the frames that depict the raging sea in middle of storms. The photography and superimposed action shots of rescues in the midst of nature's havoc are stunning to watch. The movie itself is well made by director Andrew Davis (Collateral Damage, The Fugitive, Under Siege, etc) and the actors selected to portray the one-dimensional roles as written by Ron L. Brinkerhoff carry the movie along. The problem, if it is one for the viewer, is that this story has been told so many times for every branch of the service industries (Navy, Marines, Army, Firefighters, Policemen) and now adds the US Coast Guard to the mix. The synopsis in a capsule is old tortured USCG rescue swimmer (Kevin Kostner) is a dedicated man who puts his job before his wife (Sela Ward) and loses his rescue swimmer's team in a disaster, placing him in nightmare torn state that the USCG recognizes and sends him off to be an instructor for the USCG where he encounters a brilliant young athlete recruit (Ashton Kutcher) with his own similar demons and the two work things out to the betterment of both. It is not a bad story, just a tired one. But as a movie it carries fairly well thanks to the scenes with the Sea - beautifully captured by cinematographer Stephen St. John with a lot of help from special effects chief Scott Fisher and visual effects chief Erika Abrams. Costner and Kutcher manage their assignments well as does the rest of the crew. This is a good diversionary movie - just no surprises to make it unique. Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a good story of teamwork and courage. It shows what the swimmers do in real life situations. Watch it with your girlfriend and she'll start crying like a little baby. I would've picked it Best Picture of 2006 at the Oscars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this movie, but for some reason I kept expecting to see Tom Cruise pop in at any moment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie didn't really surprise me at how good it was. It showed Ashton Kutcher could do serious roles as well. It's a very deep movie in which you can feel the characters and the emotions that run through it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was absolutely incredible. It held my interest throughout the entire film and I've watched it many times already and shown it to many of my friends who enjoyed it just as much. This movie is incredible, intense and a great action movie. The United States Coast Guard FINALLY gets the recognition they deserve. I come from a Coast Guard family and even if you don't know the littlest bit about the military this movie is just awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The actors were absolutely thrilling. You could really feel the emotions they were feeling. Exceptional must see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever wanted to see Ashton in a strong performance? Me too. You'll still be waiting after watching this stinker. The lack of character development makes his introduction in the film shocking, as he basically calls out Costner's character without even knowing where the heck he is. Costner is old and slow, looking to redeem himself ever since Waterworld. The film is also overly long, tricking you into several branches of storyline. Don't waste your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a real tearjerker! I loved Kevin Costners character. I have a new found respect for the USCG! A must see, heck...a must have in your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie should be Recommended because it is a great hero story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie that not only has a great storyline, romance, comedy, and tragedy but is also very informative about the US Coast Guard. One question: Could Kevin Costner be any more of a STUD?! No, he couldn't! It's great because we all know someone like Ashton Kutcher's character- a know-it-all over-achiever with more than a touch of arrogance. Kevin Costner's character as the instructor is really inspiring. He's an honest man with a good heart who's passion is helping others. Does it get any better?
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