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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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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!'

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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
Adam De La Pena
as Benjamin Reyes
Neal McDonough
as Jack Skinner
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
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
Michael Rady
as Nick Zingaro
John Hall
as John Hall
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
Roxanne A. Brooks
as Victim's Mother
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 (150) | Top Critics (46)

Will definitely rescue some moviegoers from the post-summer doldrums, but someone should have told Davis that there's going to be casualities if he leaves audiences in the water that long.

March 24, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

September 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.

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

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

September 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.

September 29, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

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

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

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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