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The Guardian
- Kevin Costner

Overview - Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher team up in this torch-passing tale of the brave men and women in the Navy Coastguard elite rescue diver unit. A catastrophic rescue mission leaves him wounded after his wife (Sela Ward) walks out on him, so heavily decorated, reluctantly aging rescue diver Ben Randall (Costner) takes some leave from the ocean to assume instructor duties down at the naval training base.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher team up in this torch-passing tale of the brave men and women in the Navy Coastguard elite rescue diver unit. A catastrophic rescue mission leaves him wounded after his wife (Sela Ward) walks out on him, so heavily decorated, reluctantly aging rescue diver Ben Randall (Costner) takes some leave from the ocean to assume instructor duties down at the naval training base. There his humorless pedagogy rubs a lot of trainees the wrong way, but a champion high-school swimmer, Jake (Kucher), has no problem keeping up, and it looks like old Ben may have found someone worthy to be his replacement. But first each man has to wrestle with his own personal demons...and each other. Under the no-nonsense direction of Andrew Davis (THE FUGITIVE, UNDER SIEGE), the visceral energy flows nonstop through this familiar but nonetheless riveting affair. Shot in a flat, matter-of-fact manner, the harshness of naval academy life is celebrated without being glamorized, while the rescues at sea are nothing short of hair-raising, making excellent use of CGI effects to plunge the viewer right into the towering waves and storms along with the divers. Several familiar, stalwart faces are on hand to help the boys become men and the men to accept aging gracefully, including John Heard, Clancy Brown, and Neal McDonough. Costner is perfect in a curmudgeonly role that fits him like a tailor-made wet suit. The real surprise is Kutcher, who seems to grow as an actor as his character grows as a person, revealing lots of murky depth. Bonnie Bramlet adds some sparkle as the singer at the local watering hole.

Cast List

Ashton Kutcher - Actor
Kevin Costner - Oscar winning American actor, director, DANCES WITH WOLVES
Neal McDonough - Actor
Travis Willingham - American voice actor: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST (2004)
Clancy Brown - American Character Actor
Ron L. Brinkerhoff - Screenwriter, EYE SEE YOU (2002)
Zanne Devine - Executive Producer, HOUSE OF D (2005)
Maher Ahmad - Production Designer, THE GUARDIAN (2006)
Beau Flynn
Bonnie Bramlett - Jazz/R&B/blues vocalist
Melissa Sagemiller - actress
Thomas J. Nordberg - Editor, RAY (2004)
Andrew Davis - Director, action thrillers, began as a Cinematographer
Charlie Lyons - Exec. Producer, THE GUARDIAN, (2006)
Dennis Virkler - Editor, CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK (2004)
Trevor Rabin - Composer, formerly of YES
Chester Quinton Bell - Costume Designer, THE GUARDIAN (2006)
Chester Quinton Bell - Costume Designer, THE GUARDIAN (2006)
Brad Holtzman - Costume Designer, THE GUARDIAN (2006)
Bryan H. Moss - Costume Designer, THE GUARDIAN (2006)
Stephen St. John - Director of Photography, HOLES (2003)
John Heard - American actor, HOME ALONE (1990)
Sela Ward - American TV/Film Actress
Armyan Bernstein - Screenwriter/Director/Prod.
Barry Armyan Bernstein - Screenwriter/Director/Prod.
Tripp Vinson - Producer, AFTER THE SUNSET (2004)
Mark A. Peterson - Costume Designer, THE GUARDIAN (2006)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 139
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 786936705119
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (for intense sequences of action/peril, brief strong language and some sensuality.)
  • Release Date: June 2015

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Theatrical Release: September 29, 2006

Reviews:
"[A]n action movie, a basic training movie, a swaggering sea adventure, a home front melodrama and an inspiriting tough-love heroic fable." - 09/29/2006 New York Times, p.E6


3 stars out of 5 -- "[Kutcher] is running at full power throughout....There's real chemistry between Kutcher and Kev..." - 11/01/2006 Total Film, p.46


"[Costner] brings a seasoned, low-key authority to the part....Kutcher's performance manages to keep pace with Fischer's growing maturity." - 12/01/2006 Sight and Sound, p.56


4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] very watchable drama....The personal conflicts are complemented by some terrific action sequences..." - 07/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.18


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The drama builds remorselessly....THE GUARD is a pleasure." - 08/03/2011 Chicago Sun-Times

 
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