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The Guardian (2006)



Critic 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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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.
PG-13 (for intense sequences of action/peril, brief strong language and some sensuality)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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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
Andrea Martynowski
as Ops Commander
Gary Billburg
as Julian Zankich
Joshua Mitcheltree
as Mitcheltree
Rusty Tennant
as Mover No. 1
James Barnes
as Doctor No. 1
Shane Sweitzer
as Swimmer Nelson
Stephanie Barnes
as Doctor No. 2
John F. Hall
as John Hall
Johnell Gainey
as Johnell Lewis
Jeff Loftus
as Executive Officer
Shelby Fenner
as Cate Lindsey
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
J.D. Evermore
as Jailer
Andrea Martynowsky
as Ops Commander
Damon Lipari
as Damon Bennett
Ron Fien
as Wickham
Nevada Smith
as Co-Pilot Krauss
Jay Bingham
as Ops Tech
Shane Walker
as Swimmer Nelson
Joseph "Butch" Flythe
as Butch Flythe
Robert E. Watson
as Robert Watson
Bryce Cass
as Manny
Richard Davis
as Guitar
James Burton
as Guitar
Tony Brown
as Bass
Mark Ohlsen
as Trumpet
Josie Aiello
as Singer
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
Roxanne Brooks
as Victim's Mother
Conrad Palmisano
as Fishing Boat Captain
Michael James
as Fisherman#1
Gene Hartline
as Fisherman #3
John Rottger
as Survivor
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All Critics (145) | Top Critics (40)

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.

Full Review… | September 29, 2006
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 29, 2006
USA Today
Top Critic

The Guardian does the job required: nothing more, nothing less, and nothing fancy.

Full Review… | September 29, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

September 29, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The Guardian has the feel of a Sunday feature in a newspaper more than a drama.

Full Review… | September 29, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Costner is suitably Costneresque -- that is, low-key, stoic, and capable of a wry turn here or there.

September 29, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Guardian

It was a long film but I felt they didn't really show anything. There was no strong story line here, just two characters who have been through bad times trying to come out of it. It was very predictable and I just did not care what happened to them. It was sad thinking of what they had been through but there's not much here to care about.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

A stirring, exciting, thrilling and exhilarating movie. A spectacular and edge of your seat action-packed drama. Great rescue/action sequences that are just plain gripping. It's a remarkable, riveting and satisfying film. Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Costner deliver powerful and awesome performances. Brilliant, sure-fire, high-octane entertainment. An amazing non-stop joyride. A pure explosive, pulse-pounding and relentlessly exciting thrill-machine. A truly great film. It's Top Gun for a new generation.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer


Andrew Davis was a solid director in the early 90's with Under Siege and The Fugitive, clearly doesn't have the steam or cream anymore. Would have been better with different lead actors. Can't stop thinking about Waterworld or Dances with Wolves when I look at Costner, and Kutcher is fumblin' bumblin' biatch.

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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