The Guardian

2006

The Guardian

Critics Consensus

The Coast Guard gets its chance for a heroic movie tribute, but The Guardian does it no justice, borrowing cliche after cliche from other (and better) military branch movies.

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After losing his crew in a fatal crash, legendary Rescue Swimmer, Ben Randall, is sent to teach at 'A' School, an elite training program for Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers. Wrestling with the loss of his crew members, he throws himself into teaching, turning the program upside down with his unorthodox training methods. While there, he encounters a young, cocky swim champ, Jake Fischer, who is driven to be the best. During training, Randall helps mold Jake's character, combining his raw talent with the heart and dedication required of a Rescue Swimmer. Upon graduation, Jake follows Randall to Kodiak, Alaska, where they face the inherent dangers of the Bering Sea. In his initial solo rescue, Jake learns firsthand from Randall, the true meaning of heroism and sacrifice, echoing the Swimmer's motto...'So Others May Live!'

Cast

Kevin Costner
as Ben Randall
Ashton Kutcher
as Jake Fischer
Sela Ward
as Helen Randall
Melissa Sagemiller
as Emily Thomas
John Heard
as Capt. Frank Larson
Clancy Brown
as Capt. William Hadley
Omari Hardwick
as Carl Billings
Alex Daniels
as Wild Bill
Neal McDonough
as Jack Skinner
Adam De La Pena
as Benjamin Reyes
Dulé Hill
as Ken Weatherly
Brian Geraghty
as Billy Hodge
Bonnie Bramlett
as Maggie McGlone
Daniel J. Molthen
as Co-Pilot Wakefield
Andrew Schanno
as Pilot Mitchell
Joe Arquette
as Co-Pilot Antunez
Gary Billburg
as Julian Zankich
Andrea Martynowski
as Ops Commander
Joshua Mitcheltree
as Mitcheltree
Rusty Tennant
as Mover No. 1
James Barnes
as Doctor No. 1
Stephanie Barnes
as Doctor No. 2
Shane Sweitzer
as Swimmer Nelson
John F. Hall
as John Hall
Johnell Gainey
as Johnell Lewis
Jeff Loftus
as Executive Officer
Shelby Fenner
as Cate Lindsey
John Hall
as John Hall
Michael Rady
as Nick Zingaro
Peter Gail
as Danny Doran
Brian Patrick Wade
as Mitch Lyons
Benny Ciaramello
as Benny Patrida
Travis Willingham
as Travis Finely
Matt Laub
as Matt Stokes
Matthew L. Rucker
as Matthew Bunch
Tanica Jamison
as Tanica Treadwell
Paul Wallace
as Paul Metz
Tilky Jones
as Tilky Flint
Megan Melgaard
as Megan Hyde
Scott Mueller
as Scott Reeves
Jacob Stevens
as Jacob Pavich
Austin Lash
as Austin Vogel
Mark Gangloff
as Mark Colby
Damon Lipardi
as Damon Bennett
Roger Edwards
as Roger Cable
Gregory J. Barnett
as Pilot Victim
Damon Lipari
as Damon Bennett
Andrea Martynowsky
as Ops Commander
Ron Fien
as Wickham
Nevada Smith
as Co-Pilot Krauss
Jay Bingham
as Ops Tech
Shane Walker
as Swimmer Nelson
Robert E. Watson
as Robert Watson
Mark Ohlsen
as Trumpet
Corrine DeGroot
as Bartender
Greg Sproles
as Huge Navy Guy
Ron Dean
as Navy Captain
James Landers
as Brandon Molale
Jesse De Villa
as Eric Norris
Leigh Hennessy
as Drowing Woman
Tanner Gill
as Husband
Norm Compton
as Sea Captain
Donald Fisher
as Young Crewman
Vladimir Tevlovski
as Tony Snegoff
Henry Kingi Jr.
as Cave Victim #1
Dorian Kingi
as Cave Victim #2
Deborah Boone
as Victim's Aunt
Conrad E. Palmisano
as Fishing Boat Captain
Michael James
as Fisherman#1
Gene Hartline
as Fisherman #3
John Rottger
as Survivor
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Critic Reviews for The Guardian

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (93)

  • Kutcher and Costner have a kind of visual chemistry that's just as elusive as the other kind. And the connection and contrast between them remind us that Hollywood isn't as forgiving of older male actors as we like to think.

    Sep 29, 2006
  • Kutcher may soon be ready to anchor a Hollywood sea voyage. But for now, he's still a touch out of his depth.

    Sep 29, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Scott Bowles

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • The Guardian does the job required: nothing more, nothing less, and nothing fancy.

    Sep 29, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Little about The Guardian will surprise anyone from one scene to the next, though the ride is hardly unpleasant and the story is generous in scope.

    Sep 29, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • The Guardian has the feel of a Sunday feature in a newspaper more than a drama.

    Sep 29, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Costner is suitably Costneresque -- that is, low-key, stoic, and capable of a wry turn here or there.

    Sep 29, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for The Guardian

  • Aug 25, 2012
    There is nothing special and falls into the common and predictable, but it is entertaining, a little touching, with an ending that redeems the whole movie
    Rodrigo R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2012
    Although very similar to An Officer and a Gentleman the subject matter and performances make it entertaining enough.
    Jonny C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2011
    Highly entertaining. Watching the development of the two main characters is unique and the rescue scenes are intense. Just a little too long.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2010
    I actually liked this movie a lot, I didnt think it was this good.
    Andreia C Super Reviewer

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