The Bodyguard (1992)



Critic Consensus: The Bodyguard is a cheesy, melodramatic potboiler with occasional moments of electricity from Whitney Houston.

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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." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
R (Rated R for language.)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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Kevin Costner
as Frank Farmer
Whitney Houston
as Rachel Marron
Gary Kemp
as Sy Spector
Bill Cobbs
as Bill Devaney
Ralph Waite
as Herb Farmer
Tomas Arana
as Portman
Michele Lamar Richards
as Nikki Marron
Mike Starr
as Tony
DeVaughn Walter Nixon
as Fletcher Marron
Gerry Bamman
as Ray Court
Joe Urla
as Minella
Joseph C. Hess
as Cuban Husband
Charles Keating
as Klingman
Robert Wuhl
as Oscar Host
Dan Kamin
as Thuringer
Richard Schiff
as Skip Thomas
Nathaniel Parker
as Clive Healy
Bert Remsen
as Rotary President
Donald Hotton
as Reverend Hardy
Patricia Healy
as 1st Sound Winner
Rob Sullivan
as Best Sound Presenter
Stephen Shellen
as Tom Winston
Victoria Bass
as Woman in Green
Phil Redrow
as Video Director
Christopher Connelly
as Oscar Arrivals MC
Joe Unger
as Journalist
Susan Traylor
as Dress Designer
Linda Thompson
as Female Academy Member
David Foster
as Oscar Conductor
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Critic Reviews for The Bodyguard

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (7)

The Bodyguard is an outrageous piece of saccharine kitsch -- or, at least, it might have been had the movie seemed fully awake.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A jumbled mess, with a few enjoyable moments but little continuity or flow.

Full Review… | July 21, 2008
Top Critic

Lawrence Kasdan, it seems, mulled over the first draft of his screenplay twenty years ago; it should have been left to languish in development purgatory.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Two long hours and 10 minutes after this tale begins, Rachel and Frank seem no closer than seatmates on a long bus trip.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The movie does contain a love story, but it's the kind of guarded passion that grows between two people who spend a lot of time keeping their priorities straight.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

[Costner] was probably more alive as the corpse in The Big Chill than he is here.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Bodyguard

A great film. Costner makes an excellent bodyguard and Houston's singing voice just blows you away everytime. The soundtrack is just as good as the film.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer


Kevin Costner stars as an ex Secret Service, turned Bodyguard who is billed as the best there is. Hired by Rachel Marron, a famous singer (played by Whitney Houston who is surprisingly good) after a series of problems from an obsessed fan. This film sounds like (and at times plays like) a daytime TV movie. However, there is something about the 1990's Kevin Costner that transforms this film into one of the best films of its day. We are made to gasp as Kevin Costner swoops in and save the head strong singer time and time again and look on as the pair inevitably fall for each other. The only downside of this film is the somewhat unexplained jealousy of the older sister and the motives behind the assasination attempts on the famouse Rachel Marron. "The people who hire me, they don't have to be convinced to save their own lives. "

Christopher Alcock
Christopher Alcock

Super Reviewer

This movie is in my opinion one of the greatest love stories of all time. The soundtrack and Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston make this movie one of my all-time favorite movies! :) Just great :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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