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My Bodyguard (1980)

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When a boy comes to a new school and gets harassed by a bully, he acquires the services of the school's most feared kid as a bodyguard.

Director:

Tony Bill

Writer:

Alan Ormsby
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Makepeace ... Clifford
Adam Baldwin ... Linderman
Matt Dillon ... Moody
Paul Quandt ... Carson
Hank Salas ... Mike
Joan Cusack ... Shelley
Dean R. Miller Dean R. Miller ... Hightower
Tim Reyna Tim Reyna ... Koontz
Richard Bradley ... Dubrow
Denise Baske Denise Baske ... Leilani
Vicky Nelson Vicky Nelson ... Freddy
Tom Rielly ... Reissman
Paul Charbonneau Paul Charbonneau ... Allen
Laura Salenger Laura Salenger ... Girl
Bert Hoddinott Bert Hoddinott ... Burt
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Storyline

Clifford Peache is the new kid in Lake View High School. Faced with all the stress that role entails he makes his situation worse by insulting Moody, the leader of a group of toughs who extort lunch money from kids. These punks pretend to be bodyguards for the kids to protect them from Linderman who, it is rumored, killed his brother in cold blood. Clifford befriends the sullen Linderman and hires him as his bodyguard. When Moody ups the ante, Linderman must decide whether fighting for what he believes in, with his haunted past and image, is justified. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Terrorized in the toilets? Chased after school? Shaken down for your lunch money? GET A BODYGUARD! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Bodyguard See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$178,641, 13 July 1980

Gross USA:

$22,482,952

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,482,952
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Feature film debut of Adam Baldwin, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Beals (uncredited), Dean Devlin and Paul Quandt. See more »

Goofs

During the "turning the tables" scene, as Clifford is telling Moody his services will no longer be needed, Carson is shown standing behind Ricky. In the next cut, he is shown moving from behind the crowd to deliver his line to Moody, then moving behind Ricky. See more »

Quotes

Carson: Hey Moody! You owe me a years worth of lunch money
[flips Moody the bird and runs behind Linderman]
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Connections

Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Serenade for Strings in G Major, K. 525 (Eine kleine Nachtmusik)
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Played by the kids in the music class in the gym
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User Reviews

 
Positive, enjoyable film
2 June 2003 | by teachbikeSee all my reviews

I recently saw this movie again and I was surprised at how well it holds up. The story isn't dated, the situations are universal and current and the acting is fine. The plots are believable, interesting and satisfying. For a sleeper of a film in 1980, it stands out as 1 of the better teen genre pieces that flooded the theaters in the 80's. The ending is a bit sappy, but it still doesn't detract from a very sweet story with characters you can actually cheer for (except, of course for Moody and Mike, but it was fun booing them as well).


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