The Bodyguard


1h 54m 1992

Brief Synopsis

A former Secret Service agent signs on as bodyguard to a temperamental pop star.

Film Details

Also Known As
Bodyguard, El guardaespaldas
MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Action
Thriller
Music
Release Date
1992
Production Company
Birds & Animals Unlimited; Central Casting, Inc.; E! Networks; For Stars Catering; MTV Networks; Medusa Film; Pacific Title & Art Studio; Panavision, Ltd.; Tig Productions; Time, Inc.; Toho Company Ltd.; Transit Film Gmbh; Video Images
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD); Monopole Pathe Films Ag; Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group; Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
Miami, Florida, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 54m

Synopsis

A by-the-book former Secret Service agent protects a pop star whose life has been threatened. To his dismay, he finds himself falling in love.

Cast

Kevin Costner

Frank Farmer

Whitney Houston

Rachel Marron

Gary Kemp

Sy Spector

Ralph Waite

Herb Farmer

Bill Cobbs

Devaney

Tomas Arana

Portman

Michele Lamar Richards

Nicki

Mike Starr

Tony

Christopher Birt

Henry

Devaughn Nixon

Fletcher

Gerry Bamman

Ray Court

Joe Urla

Minella

Tony Pierce

Dan

Charles Keating

Klingman

Robert Wuhl

Oscar Host

Daniel Kamin

Thuringer

Ethel Ayler

Emma

Sean Cheesman

Rory

Richard Schiff

Skip Thomas

Chris Connelly

Oscar Arrivals Mc

Nathaniel Parker

Clive Healy

Bert Remsen

Rotary President

Donald Hotton

Reverend Hardy

Nita Whitaker

Oscar Singer

Patricia Healy

1st Sound Winner

Blumen Young

2nd Sound Winner

Rob Sullivan

Best Sound Presenter

Jennifer Lyon-buchanan

Best Song Winner

Stephen Shellen

Tom Winston

Victoria Bass

Woman In Green

Abbey Vine

Ben Shiller

Phil Redrow

Video Director

Joseph Hess

Cuban Husband

Marta Velasco

Cleaning Woman

Joe Unger

Journalist

Gwen Seliger

Rachel'S Valet

Susan Traylor

Dress Designer

Pat Van Patten

Woman In Restaurant

Shelley Hill

Mother At Restaurant

Amy Lou Dempsey

Little Girl At Restaurant

Rosie Lee Hooks

Thrift Shop Owner

Ken Myles

1st Sound Technician

Robert L Feist

2nd Sound Technician

Charles Bazaldua

Tv Director

Tracye Logan

Girl On Stairway

Art Spaan

Billy Thomas

Douglas Price

Pantages Assistant

Ellin Lavar

Rachel'S Hairstylist

Joseph Zabrosky

Skip'S Assistant

Rollin Jarrett

Miami Reporter

David M Morano

Fontainebleau Barkeeper

Carla Lizzette Mejia

Fontainebleau Maid

Linda Thompson

Female Academy Member

David Foster

Oscar Conductor

Towanna King

Rachel'S Assistant

Gary Grant

Performer

Patrick Cassidy

Leadman

Debbie Reynolds

Herself

Crew

Brian Accetta

Staff Assistant

Walter Afanasieff

Song Producer ("Even If My Heart Would Break")

Stephen Alaimo

Song ("Melissa")

Gregg Allman

Song ("Melissa")

Carrie Angland

Makeup Artist

Rudolfo Arriaga

Other

Paul Ary

Chief Lighting Technician

Nickolas Ashford

Song ("I'M Every Woman")

Gregory Avellone

Other

Gregory Avellone

Production Office Staff

Roy Barnes

Set Designer

Bobby Bass

Stunts

Brooke Becker

Stunts

Jeffrey Beecroft

Production Designer

Francesca Beghe

Song ("Trust In Me")

Michael J. Benavente

Sound Editor

Steph Benseman

Location Manager

Jeffrey Brown

Other

Mike Brown

Song ("Walk Away Renee")

Susan Brown

Casting Associate

Susan Brown

Casting Associate

Thomas R Burman

Special Makeup Effects

Bill Burton

Stunts

Rodney Byrd

Special Effects

Bob Calilli

Song ("Walk Away Renee")

Donn Cambern

Film Editor

Daniel Allen Carlin

Other

Frank Carrisosa

Makeup Artist

David Castro

Labor Foreman

Sean Cheesman

Choreographer

Albert Cho

2nd Assistant Director

Stephanie Claxton

Assistant Production Accountant

Robert Clivilles

Song; Song Producer ("It'S Gonna Be A Lovely Day")

Denise Cochran

Sound Assistant

Joe Cocker

Song Performer ("Trust In Me")

Damon Cohoon

Sound Assistant

David Cole

Song

David Cole

Song; Song Producer ("It'S Gonna Be A Lovely Day")

Lisa Cole-wertchafter

Other

Kay Colvin

Other

Allison Conant

Production Office Staff

Allison Conant

Other

Linda Corbin

Foley Mixer

Kevin Costner

Producer

Steve Cowie

Staff Assistant

Robyn Crawford

Executive Assistant (To Whitney Houston)

Maureen Crowe

Music Supervisor

Burt Dalton

Other

Jeff Dashnaw

Stunts

R. Michael De Chellis

Assistant Chief Lighting Technician

Lisa Dean

Set Decorator

Ian Devaney

Song; Song Producer ("Someday (I'M Coming Back)")

Caroline Digiulio

Staff Assistant

Darlene Dillinger

Whitney Houston'S Dance Double

John Doe

Song Producer

John Doe

Song Performer ("I Will Always Love You")

Steve Dorff

Song Producer ("I Will Always Love You")

Joe Dorn

Adr Editor

Bari Dreiband-burman

Special Makeup Effects

Bryan Dresden

2nd Assistant Director

Timothy Dunford

2nd Assistant Camera

Andrew Dunn

Other

Andrew Dunn

Director Of Photography

Brook Durham

Staff Assistant

Kenneth Edmonds

Song; Song Producer ("Queen Of The Night")

Ousaun Elam

Stunts

Elle Elliott

Hair Stylist

Steve Ellsworth

Set Costumer

Dale Ettema

Special Effects

Julia Evershade

Supervising Sound Editor

Steven Lane Ewing

Construction Foreman

Blair Forward

Video Assist

David Foster

Song ("I Have Nothing"), Song Producer ("I Have Nothing" "Run To You" "I Will Always Love You" "Even If My Heart Would Break")

Jud Friedman

Song ("Run To You")

Kenny G.

Song Performer

Kenny G.

Song

Gary Gagliardo

Other

Nancy Garber

Art Department Researcher

Michael Gastaldo

Assistant Property

Michael A. Genne

Camera Operator

Howell Gibbens

Dialogue Editor

Scott Giegler

Video Image Crew

Ben Glass

Still Photographer

Franne Golde

Song ("Even If My Heart Would Break")

Karen Golden

Script Supervisor

Diana Goodman

Other

Richard Bryce Goodman

Sound Designer/Production Sound Mixer

Antoinette Gordon

Set Designer

Barbara G Gordon

Assistant Costume Designer

Edward Gorsuch

Assistant (To Jim Wilson)

Joe Greco

Staff Assistant

Kimberly Guenther

Costume Supervisor

Adrian Gurvitz

Song ("Even If My Heart Would Break")

Al Guthery

Helicopter Pilot

Johnny L Gutierrez

Rigging Gaffer

Darrell Hall

Music Editor

Warren Hamilton

Sound Editor

Michael Haro

Assistant Location Manager

Mitch Harris

Assistant Editor

Richard A Harris

Film Editor

Susan Hellmann

Staff Assistant

Rusty Hendrickson

Stunts

Hugo Herrera

Other

Tom Hoeck

Other

David Hofflich

Video Image Supervisor

John Holliday

Construction Foreman

Whitney Houston

Song ("Queen Of The Night"), Song Co-Producer ("Queen Of The Night")

Whitney Houston

Song Performer ("I Have Nothing" "Run To You" "I Will Always Love You" "Queen Of The Night" "I'M Every Woman" "Jesus Loves Me")

Elston Howard

Staff Assistant

Stephen G Howard

Video Image Technical Supervisor

Norman Howell

Stunt Coordinator

Norman Howell

Kevin Costner'S Double

Debra Hubbard

Whitney Houston'S Body Double

Kelly Hudson

Other

Dreamlight Images

Cloud Footage

Kevan Jenson

Video Image Crew

Julie Jones

Production Accountant

Leslie Jones

Assistant Editor

Sass Jordan

Song Performer ("Trust In Me")

Debra Kahn

Assistant Editor

Lawrence Kasdan

From Story

Lawrence Kasdan

Screenwriter

Lawrence Kasdan

Producer

Lawrence Kasdan

Story By

Jane Kass

1st Assistant Editor

Elayne Keratsis

Staff Assistant

Jerry King

Bestboy Grip

Henry Kingi

Stunts

Clif Kohlweck

Music Editor

Denny Kortchmar

Song Producer ("(What'S So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding")

Greg Kozikowski

Video Image Crew

Joel Kramer

Stunts

Joyce Larkin

Whitney Houston'S Double

J Steven Latham

2nd Additional Assistant Camera

Ellin Lavar

Hair Stylist

Paul Lazebnik

Production Office Staff

Dayna Lee

Graphic Design

Elisabeth Leustig

Casting

David Linck

Unit Publicist

Robert J Litt

Re-Recording Mixer

Chris Lord-alge

Additional Recording ("Trust In Me")

Nick Lowe

Song ("(What'S So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding")

Suzanne Lutz

Staff Assistant

Terry Macdonald

Labor Foreman

Maria Manuela Machado

Production Office Staff

Kevin Madeja

Videowall Engineering Crew

Marc J Margulies

1st Additional Assistant Camera

Michael Mark

Song ("Entertainment Tonight")

Vinita Mcclennon

Stunts

Moira Mclaughlin

Assistant (To Kevin Costner)

Sherry Mcmanus

Staff Assistant

Don Meyers

Special Effects

Charlie Midnight

Song; Song Producer ("Trust In Me")

Robin L Miller

Property Master

Oscar Mitt

Sound Assistant

Dick Montagne

1st Additional Assistant Camera

Leslie Moraes

Assistant Location Manager

Andy Morris

Song; Song Producer ("Someday (I'M Coming Back)")

Victor Nelli

Video Image Crew

Tommy Never

Song ("It'S Gonna Be A Lovely Day")

Aaron Neville

Song Performer ("Even If My Heart Would Break")

Kris Nielsen

Assistant Production Associate

Susan Nininger

Costume Designer

Valli O'reilly

Makeup Artist

Donald Ortiz

Sound Assistant

Mark Pappas

Foley Editor

Dolly Parton

Song ("I Will Always Love You")

Larry Patoker

Video Image Crew

Helen Pollak

Production Manager

Bobby Porter

Stunts

Bob Putynkowski

Color Timer

Michael Rafferty

Assistant Editor

Antonio Reid

Song; Song Producer ("Queen Of The Night")

David Reitzas

Other

Debbie Reynolds

Other

Allan Dennis Rich

Song ("Run To You")

Michele Lamar Richards

Song Performer ("Jesus Loves Me")

Steve Richardson

Foley Editor

Sol Rivera

Craft Service

Joan Rowe

Foley Artist

Katie Rowe

Foley Artist

Greg P. Russell

Re-Recording Mixer

Lane Russell

2nd Additional Assistant Camera

Eric Rylander

Special Effects

P Scott Sakamoto

Steadicam Operator

Tony Sansone

Song ("Walk Away Renee")

Skip Scarborough

Song ("It'S Gonna Be A Lovely Day")

Michael L Schwake

Dolly Grip

Walter Scott

Stunts

Albert Shapiro

1st Assistant Director

David Siegel

Transportation Coordinator

Alan Silvestri

Song Producer ("Theme From The Bodyguard")

Alan Silvestri

Music

Alan Silvestri

Song Composer

Daryl Simmons

Song; Song Co-Producer ("Queen Of The Night")

George Simpson

Supervising Sound Editor

Valerie Simpson

Song ("I'M Every Woman")

William Ladd Skinner

Art Director

Christopher Sliney

Production Office Staff

Mychal Smith

Boom Operator

Film Details

Also Known As
Bodyguard, El guardaespaldas
MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Action
Thriller
Music
Release Date
1992
Production Company
Birds & Animals Unlimited; Central Casting, Inc.; E! Networks; For Stars Catering; MTV Networks; Medusa Film; Pacific Title & Art Studio; Panavision, Ltd.; Tig Productions; Time, Inc.; Toho Company Ltd.; Transit Film Gmbh; Video Images
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD); Monopole Pathe Films Ag; Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group; Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
Miami, Florida, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 54m

Award Nominations

Best Song

1992

Articles

The Bodyguard (1992)


Imagine The Bodyguard (1992) with Steve McQueen and Diana Ross. Or Ryan O'Neal and Diana Ross? Well, both pairings were considered as possibilities in the long history of Lawrence Kasdan's (Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981) screenplay, reportedly rejected 67 times. When the film did come to fruition, it was with two celebrities at the top of their games. Whitney Houston was making her screen debut while ruling the "Top 40" pop charts and Kevin Costner was fresh off of JFK (1991), with Waterworld (1995) still years away.

Kasdan stuck with the film through its many casting concepts and must've been thrilled when a deal finally stuck. In 1975, The Bodyguard was the screenplay that got him an agent; in 1991 it was becoming a reality, with Costner attached as star and producer. Costner brought in director Mick Jackson (L.A. Story, 1991) and the team was rounded out with legendary music producer David Foster.

The Bodyguard's soundtrack became a legend in itself, one of the top-selling movie soundtracks of all time. "I Will Always Love You," which was written by Dolly Parton but performed in the film by Houston, was the biggest single that year and became one of the top-selling U.S. singles ever. "Whitney", as Randy Jackson likes to call her, is lauded as the quintessential pop star for which American Idol endlessly seeks, while judge Simon Cowell calls "I Will Always Love You" the perfect pop song. It is also the landing music Houston uses on her official Web site: the song that defines her career.

The premise of The Bodyguard is not untried: a temperamental celebrity requires and resents the services of a no-nonsense bodyguard. Costner's Frank Farmer, former Secret Service, is inscrutable, with a scarred past. Attending his mother's funeral on the day that Reagan got shot, he has never forgiven himself for not being there to take one for the boss. Now he's operating in the private sector, but is reluctant to work for a celebrity when first approached about the job. Eventually, money, and perhaps the genuine danger facing Rachel Marron (Houston), draw him in, and he visits Marron's household, which is full of toadies and superstar opulence. They take an instant dislike to each other: Farmer likes a tight ship and Marron's is a sloppy luxury liner with an undisciplined crew. The star is easily accessible and she doesn't seem to mind. She thinks the new bodyguard is a killjoy. Eventually, the two come to terms -- and fall in love -- as the stakes get higher and Marron realizes that she and her 8-year-old son are in real danger. Before long, the hired gun and the diva have to sort out how their mutual attraction works with the roles and responsibilities they've taken on in life. It's not an easy fit. She was born to be in the public eye and he was born to protect, as he underscores to Marron when he take her see his favorite film, Yojimbo (1961), English title: The Bodyguard.

Much was made at the time that an interracial romance is at the The Bodyguard's core, but the film received as much criticism for not emphasizing that fact as it did praise for not making an issue of it. Similarly, its stars were applauded and skewered for the same performances. Houston was advised by the production team to just be herself and not try not "to act" so that her performance could ring true. Some saw the results as genuine, others as inadequate. Similarly, Costner steamed sex behind his impassiveness for some reviewers while others found him dull and wooden. Despite the mixed reviews, audiences loved The Bodyguard, and it is ranked number 88 on IMDB's list of top-grossing films, worldwide, of all time.

The film had two Oscar® nominations, one each for "I Will Always Love You" and "I Want to Run to You"; won MTV awards for Best Movie (in Europe) and Best Movie Song; and, in perhaps another nod to Yojimbo, took home Japan's Best Foreign Film award. The Bodyguard also won a substantial number of Razzies.

Today, it's impossible to watch The Bodyguard and not consider Houston's current circumstances. In the early 90s her star shone brightly and it was easy to see how Rachel Marron represented Houston's alter ego – adored by fans, celebrated by her peers. Costner's star, too, has largely faded. But in 1992, the stoic leading man and the top-of-the-charts diva seemed a perfect box-office match.

Producers: Kevin Costner, Lawrence Kasdan, and Jim Wilson
Director: Mick Jackson
Screenplay: Lawrence Kasdan
Cinematography: Andrew Dunn
Art Direction: Wm Ladd Skinner
Music: Allan Dennis Rich and Alan Silvestri
Film Editing: Donn Cambern and Richard A. Harris
Cast: Kevin Costner (Frank Farmer), Whitney Houston (Rachel Marron), Gary Kemp (Sy Spector), Bill Cobbs (Bill Devaney), Ralph Waite (Herb Farmer), Tomas Arana (Greg Portman).
C-130m. Letterboxed.

by Emily Soares
The Bodyguard (1992)

The Bodyguard (1992)

Imagine The Bodyguard (1992) with Steve McQueen and Diana Ross. Or Ryan O'Neal and Diana Ross? Well, both pairings were considered as possibilities in the long history of Lawrence Kasdan's (Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981) screenplay, reportedly rejected 67 times. When the film did come to fruition, it was with two celebrities at the top of their games. Whitney Houston was making her screen debut while ruling the "Top 40" pop charts and Kevin Costner was fresh off of JFK (1991), with Waterworld (1995) still years away. Kasdan stuck with the film through its many casting concepts and must've been thrilled when a deal finally stuck. In 1975, The Bodyguard was the screenplay that got him an agent; in 1991 it was becoming a reality, with Costner attached as star and producer. Costner brought in director Mick Jackson (L.A. Story, 1991) and the team was rounded out with legendary music producer David Foster. The Bodyguard's soundtrack became a legend in itself, one of the top-selling movie soundtracks of all time. "I Will Always Love You," which was written by Dolly Parton but performed in the film by Houston, was the biggest single that year and became one of the top-selling U.S. singles ever. "Whitney", as Randy Jackson likes to call her, is lauded as the quintessential pop star for which American Idol endlessly seeks, while judge Simon Cowell calls "I Will Always Love You" the perfect pop song. It is also the landing music Houston uses on her official Web site: the song that defines her career. The premise of The Bodyguard is not untried: a temperamental celebrity requires and resents the services of a no-nonsense bodyguard. Costner's Frank Farmer, former Secret Service, is inscrutable, with a scarred past. Attending his mother's funeral on the day that Reagan got shot, he has never forgiven himself for not being there to take one for the boss. Now he's operating in the private sector, but is reluctant to work for a celebrity when first approached about the job. Eventually, money, and perhaps the genuine danger facing Rachel Marron (Houston), draw him in, and he visits Marron's household, which is full of toadies and superstar opulence. They take an instant dislike to each other: Farmer likes a tight ship and Marron's is a sloppy luxury liner with an undisciplined crew. The star is easily accessible and she doesn't seem to mind. She thinks the new bodyguard is a killjoy. Eventually, the two come to terms -- and fall in love -- as the stakes get higher and Marron realizes that she and her 8-year-old son are in real danger. Before long, the hired gun and the diva have to sort out how their mutual attraction works with the roles and responsibilities they've taken on in life. It's not an easy fit. She was born to be in the public eye and he was born to protect, as he underscores to Marron when he take her see his favorite film, Yojimbo (1961), English title: The Bodyguard. Much was made at the time that an interracial romance is at the The Bodyguard's core, but the film received as much criticism for not emphasizing that fact as it did praise for not making an issue of it. Similarly, its stars were applauded and skewered for the same performances. Houston was advised by the production team to just be herself and not try not "to act" so that her performance could ring true. Some saw the results as genuine, others as inadequate. Similarly, Costner steamed sex behind his impassiveness for some reviewers while others found him dull and wooden. Despite the mixed reviews, audiences loved The Bodyguard, and it is ranked number 88 on IMDB's list of top-grossing films, worldwide, of all time. The film had two Oscar® nominations, one each for "I Will Always Love You" and "I Want to Run to You"; won MTV awards for Best Movie (in Europe) and Best Movie Song; and, in perhaps another nod to Yojimbo, took home Japan's Best Foreign Film award. The Bodyguard also won a substantial number of Razzies. Today, it's impossible to watch The Bodyguard and not consider Houston's current circumstances. In the early 90s her star shone brightly and it was easy to see how Rachel Marron represented Houston's alter ego – adored by fans, celebrated by her peers. Costner's star, too, has largely faded. But in 1992, the stoic leading man and the top-of-the-charts diva seemed a perfect box-office match. Producers: Kevin Costner, Lawrence Kasdan, and Jim Wilson Director: Mick Jackson Screenplay: Lawrence Kasdan Cinematography: Andrew Dunn Art Direction: Wm Ladd Skinner Music: Allan Dennis Rich and Alan Silvestri Film Editing: Donn Cambern and Richard A. Harris Cast: Kevin Costner (Frank Farmer), Whitney Houston (Rachel Marron), Gary Kemp (Sy Spector), Bill Cobbs (Bill Devaney), Ralph Waite (Herb Farmer), Tomas Arana (Greg Portman). C-130m. Letterboxed. by Emily Soares

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video July 14, 1993

The film's soundtrack, including Dolly Parton's classic "I Will Always Love You," won three Grammy Awards, including record of the year, album of the year and best female pop vocal performance (Whitney Houston).

Feature film acting debut for singer Whitney Houston.

Composer John Barry left the film in post production.

Completed shooting March 27, 1992.

Began shooting November 25, 1991.

Whitney Houston's recording of "I Will Always Love You," written by Dolly Parton, became the longest-reigning #1 single in the history of Billboard's music charts.

Released in United States Fall November 25, 1992

Released in United States on Video July 14, 1993

Released in United States Fall November 25, 1992