“ Genre: Drama / Theatrical Release: 1992 / Director: Mick Jackson / Actors: Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston ... / DVD released 01 February, 2005 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC „
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Directed by - Mick Jackson
Running time - 129 Mins
Classification - 15
IMDB Rating - 6/10
My rating - 10/10
The film is based around famous singer Rachel Morran, who to start with unknown to herself, has been getting death threats. Frank is hired who used to work in the secret service, and was a body guard for Ronald Reagan. He came highly recommended, but he was haunted by the fact that he was not there the night Reagan was shot.
He puts the other bodyguards Tony's nose out of joint just by being there, but eventually they overcome their differences. Farmer as he is more called through the film sets about getting the house safe and well protected for Rachel. But soon realises that he is going to have to take her away from the area, if he has any chance to protect her.
There are many things that happen in the film, but I will not go through it all, but there will be some things that you will not have expected to happen.
Whitney Houston plays Rachel Marron this was the first time I had every seen Whitney in a film, and as she was a singing artist I am not sure how she would do. But as I had heard great things about this film, I gave her a try. I think she found this role easier, as she was doing what she would normally have to do most days of her life. Sing and be a star. But I think she did still do a very good job as she was hounded by stalkers, which she has not yet had to deal with. I did enjoy watching her in this film, and to hear her sing a lot of her songs on this, was a big bonus as I loved her singing.
Kevin Costner plays Frank Farmer What can I say about Kevin, he is a great actor, and he played this part well, I loved watching him in this film, every scene he did with perfection.
Gary Kemp plays Sy Spector I found Gary to sort of stand out more than most but not for a good reason, I thought his acting skills were not as good as others, but I think he just managed to pull his part off.
Bills Cobbs plays Devaney I loved him in this film, he played such a great part and put all his passion into it, I would love to see him in several other films.
Mike Starr plays Tony who is the security guy before Frank is hired so he plays a jealous guy at first but I think he did do this well and I loved his part and he only got better further on in the film.
Michele Lamar Richards Plays Nicki she plays Rachels sister, I mean I can not say she is really bad, but she certainly is not one of the best actresses I have seen, she played her part fine, but it could have been better.
I really enjoyed watching this film, most of the acting was great, with some downsides. But to me this did not spoil the film at all. You will love this if you are a Whitney fan. I mean to be fair it will not be a film to please everyone, but the film says 15 I would easily say this could be a family film, I have watched this with my kids and they love it.
I have seen this film a few times now, and I would highly recommend it to watch, you will not be disappointed.
We all know Whitney Houston can sing, but the question is, can she act? Well I watched the Bodyguard when it first came out with no real expectations. I loved Whitney's music as millions at this time did, but she would never have been my pick as a leading lady. The film was released in 1992 and starred Whitney Houston & Kevin Costner and was directed by Mick Jackson. Running time is 130 minutes and this film was produced in the US.
So what is it about? It's about a hugely successful singer, Rachel Marron (Whitney), receiving death threats and therefore requiring a more impressive bodyguard, Frank (Kevin). Rachel blocks franks attempts at changing her way of life throughout the film until she believes her son is in danger. Frank is an extremely professional bodyguard and does his best to keep the relationship between bodyguard and singer as business only, however they do find themselves drawn to each other.
Songs included in this film are:
I will always love you
I have nothing
I'm every woman
Run to you
Queen of the Night
Jesus loves me
What is it like? This is a romantic thriller with a love story running continuously through the film. Whitney's character starts by being an unlikeable diva. Some might say she played her true life personality and due to this she played it well. As the film progresses, Whitney's character softens and the viewers begin to see her as a more natural and likeable person. Whitney Houston manages to play both of these roles well and believably. Kevin Costner's character starts serious and emotionless and remains almost the same throughout, however the small signs of emotion from him are all that is required. You are left in no doubt to his feelings.
My Opinion - I personally love this film. Its eighteen years old now yet still stands as one of the all time great chick flicks. Its romantic, well acted, obvious perhaps but I don't mind that. The songs are outstanding and Whitney's voice at this point in history would be enough all on its own to carry this film. Although Whitney did not receive the best reviews for this film at the time, it has been proved a success from the sales of the Bodyguard album and the sales of the film. In 1992 this was one of the 100 highest grossing films worldwide.
Summary - Most people who watch this film will think it's an outstanding soundtrack and an average storyline, but I actually love this film. It's not overly original and the ending is predicatable, but if you are just after a simple love story with a truely amazing vocal star and outstanding tracks, then this film is definitely for you.
I rate this 9 out of 10.
Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston star in this 1992 romantic thriller directed by Mick Jackson and written by Lawrence Kasdan. Steve McQueen and Diana Ross were considered for the lead roles when the film was first proposed in 1976 and Madonna was considered for the role of Rachel. The Bodyguard: Original Sound Track Album became the best selling soundtrack of all time. The Bodyguard received mixed to medium reviews but despite this it enjoyed huge commercial success. The film was nominated for two Oscar awards both in musical categories.
Houston, plays Rachel Marron in her film debut as a music superstar who is being stalked. Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner), a no nonsense professional bodyguard and former Secret Service agent has to be persuaded to protect her due to her diva attitude but eventually accepts the job. The film tracks the life and career and family of Rachel the superstar singing sensation. Her fans love her and want to hear her, see her and touch her but someone wants to kill her. She desperately needs protecting but Frank finds her hard to handle and both want to be in charge. When she is saved from danger by Frank she finds herself falling for him and they sleep together. Frank realises that in order to protect her he has to keep their relationship professional to Rachel's dismay. Frank ever so the professional to end proofs himself the ultimate bodyguard when he tries to protect Rachel by any means when the killer makes a final attempt at Rachel life during an award ceromany.
This film is brilliant and works on so many levels. It's an intense thriller, romance, fantastic music, action, suspense and with believable characters you will easily connect with what more could you ask for. The role of Frank is perfect for Kevin Costner and he plays the quiet silent type perfectly and you can't help but think that it's not that different from his own image. I really liked Frank and thought he was so cool, every guy will want to be him and every girl will fall in love with him. Whitney Houston gives a brilliant performance as Rachel but you can't imagine it is that much different from her own real diva self. This movie has a couple of nice twist and is quite and is and intense thriller so is much more than just a love story.
The Bodyguard has to be one of my all time favourite films, its timeless. The film was released in 1992 and was directed by Mick Jackson. The film is a romance, thriller, musical and drama all in one, it really provides something for everyone.
The film is about a pop singer, Rachel Marrion, who has been receiving death threats from a fan. Rachel is unaware of the threats in the beginning as her management thing it will really upset her. Her management decide to hire a professional bodyguard and Frank Farmer fits the description of what they are looking for perfectly. Frank was once a secret service agent and is the best bodyguard money can buy, he is strict and stern and definitely keeps Rachel in line.
When performing Rachel is shook up when she is knocked of stage into a crowd of fans, Frank fights his way through the crowd and picks up frightened Rachel. Rachel soon learns about the death treats but Frank is concerned heir is a more sinister things planned for Rachel and takes her and her son, away to a secluded cabin where Frank think s they will be safer.
But Frank is unaware that there is someone on the inside plotting against her.
The film includes some of Whitney's hit songs such as, I will always love you, queen of the night, I have nothing and many more, which are available on the Bodyguard soundtrack which has become the best selling soundtrack of all time.
This film is absolutely genius and a must see for all Whitney Houston lovers. At first Rachel comes across as a right cow, refusing to accept that she needs a body guard, and thinks that her long time friend Tony can do the job fine on his own. But she is unaware of the death threats and once she learns about them she begs Frank Farmer to protect her and her son.
The films cast includes Whitney Houston as Rachel Marrom, Kevin Costner as Frank Farmer, Gary Kemp as Sy Spector, Bill Cobbs as Devany, Tomas Arana as Porter, Mike Starr as Tony and many more.
If you like your romance and music this is definitely one for you, its hard to believe that there are actually people who haven't seen this, my partner being one of them, I don't know how I could of lived without it lol.
Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston star in thi romantic thriller which is an enjoyable enough film to watch that is probably more thriller thanit is romance as really all you have is a basic love interest as a back drop to a reasonably suspense laden film.
Houston plays herself basically, a diva popstar (however this version is pre Bobby Brown and all the drugs) and her character Rachel Mellon is receiving threats t her safety and appears to have a dangerous stalker after her. Costner plays Frank Farmer a former secret service agent who now specialises in personal protection, he does not have a physical prescence like her current bodyguards but naturally he is skilled in unarmed combat and understand his job based upon his training.
Initially the two clash as the dia superstar objects to the changes that he brings to her life and it is a real battle of wills however as both find themselves in danger emotions reach boiling point and also an attraction begins to develop however both have very different lives and plans.
This is a film that stands the test of time, it has a pretty good plot and some great songs in it as well, in fact it picked up a couple of oscar nominations in musical categories. The plot moves along at a good pace and there are enough action scenes interspersed amongst the love scenes to keep your interest engaged and because of the dual themes it will appeal to a wide audience.
Costner plays the bodyguard in an understated way which is ideal for the role, Houston also looked comfortable on camera in her acting debut and a younger Whitney was certainly able to handle a good ballad with a superb voice.
Definitely a film I would recommend even though the ended was rather predictable and the supposed twist you could see comming a mile away but that did not really effect my enjoyment of this good solid drama.
The bodyguard is a romantic thriller which was released in 1992. The film was directed by Mick Jackson. The screenplay was written by Lawrence Kasdan. Originally in 1976 the film was planned to stare Diana Ross and Steve McQueen but McQueen refused to be second after Diana Ross. Then 3 years later Ryan O'Neal was to take McQueens place but the project failed again because of the bad relationship of the two stars. There was a third plan for the film starring Madonna and Kevin Costner but they had an incident and the project failed again. Actually I am glad that the producers were so resistant and for the fourth time they found Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. The running time is 130 minutes. The classification is 15 years and over. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, both in musical categories.
Rachel Marron - Whitney Houston
Frank Farmer - Kevin Costner
The former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer works as a professional bodyguard and it is excellent in his job. He is asked to protect the music superstar Rachel Marron. Rachel is not very happy when the hardish Frank takes over her home but when she finds out about the letters she accepts his protection.
Franks tries to be just a professional bodyguard to really protect her but Rachel falls in love with him. After a night together they both know that their relationship may put Rachel's protection in jeopardise. It is very hard to protect Rachel as she does exactly the opposite of what it was said her to do. Can Frank protect her?
I was only fourteen when I watched this film for the first time. This film keeps the record as I watched it four times. I really loved the songs of Whitney Houston and the story of this film. I am glad that finally they were chosen for starring the film. I love Kevin Costner's performance in this film. He was the perfect choice for this role. He was great as he played the closed and hard natured bodyguard. He was young, very handsome and sexy. Whitney Houston was brilliant when she was singing. I really love her voice and her songs. There is a great selection in this film, so everyone can find at least one to love.
This was the debut for Whitney Houston as an actress. I really liked her performance as there are actresses who are not as talented after several years practice as Whitney Houston was in her first film. The chemistry between her and Kevin Costner worked very well and they were really passionate.
This film made I Will Always Love You and I Have Nothing hits even more famous and successful. I can't remember days when the radios didn't play at least one of them. There were other songs in the film such as Someday I'm Coming Back, Run to You, Queen of the Night, Trust In Me, Jesus Loves Me and I'm Every Woman just to mention some of them.
I think it was a really good film with great songs, great performance and a touching story which wasn't predictable. If you managed to avoid watching it in the past 17 years I recommend you watching it sometimes.
I have recently found out that The Bodyguard is one of my dad's favourite films (yes, my dad). This news prompted me to give it a new viewing having last seen it 10 years ago and I was oddly pleasantly surprised and actually enjoyed it. This is strange given that once reviewing it I realised that it is actually not a very good film at all.
So, the plot for those that don't know. Kevin Costner stars as bodyguard to Whitney Houston's pop princess diva from hell. Whitney has been receiving some death threat letters and her aides call Costner in to protect her. Whitney is at first unsure but soon realises she is truly in danger and learns to trust and love Costner. He in turn is initially luke-warm to bratty Houston but too learns to love her. The killer gets ever closer and the film reaches it's predictable climax.
This film is enjoyable if perhaps not very good. The fromage reeks through certain scenes and the set pieces are often ridiculous. Nothing is ever very well explained here nor developed. The plot involving the killer is thin and plays second fiddle to the longing looks between the 2 stars.
Director Mick Jackson does an admirable job although this film is far from the heady heights of L.A Story in every sense. he gets the best out of his stars and there is good chemistry between the two.
Costner thankfully gives a charismatic performance if never a very taxing one, something that has become all too rare certainly in his latter day appearances. Whitney is, well, Whitney. I don't think much acting was required but she pulls off the spoilt, charmless, brash diva expertly. One only wonders what Costner's character sees in her?
The film has since been remembered for numerous scenes from the rescue and carry through the crowd, to the silk scarf ruined on the sword to the runway finale. And then there is that song to rival that other song from that other Costner box office smash. If this film has given us nothing else, it has given us many an entertaining night in the karaoke booth.
So, looking back everything seems negative but the overall experience is always entertaining. If you don't take this film too seriously (like I have just done) and accept it for the trashy nonsensical romance it is then you'll find it entertaining... and sometimes that's all we can ask for.
~~FILM ONLY REVIEW~~
Frank Farmer is an excellent bodyguard and has protected some of the top American people. He is surprised when he gets a visit from Devaney asking him to protect the latest acting sensation Rachel Marron. Frank goes to meet her and decides he will take on the job. Rachael is not happy about Frank taking over her home and enclosing everything, that is until she finds out about the threats which have been coming to her house both for her and her son.
Rachael soon realises what danger she is in and tries to work with Frank to ensure her safety but soon there is a spark between the pair and this could jeopardise the working relationship. Frank has his work cut out in protecting Rachael as she seems determined to do the opposite of what she is told. Will Frank be able to keep her safe when the person who is threatening her is getting too close or will Rachael come to a nasty end? Just who is behind the threats?
Now I have only given a very brief plot outline to the film and there is so much more to it and so many more characters but I really don't want to spoil it for those who still have yet to see it.
I first watched this film when it was released with my Mom and we both absolutely loved it. I can honestly say that I have now seen this film many many times and I still love it just as much.
For me Kevin Costner was the perfect choice to play Frank, he gives the character a wonderful air of mystery as he never really opens up about his past or his family and I like this about him. I think he did a great job playing a hardish man and though he looked the part. He worked well with Whitney Houston who played Rachael and for me casting her in this role was a surprise as I only knew her as a singer. I thought she did do an acceptable job in her role and think she was greatly helped with the fact she was able to sing in the film. I loved the chemistry between the pair, one minute they would be arguing and doing the opposite of what the other one was telling them and then they would be getting very passionate, I loved this side of their relationship.
There are a lot of characters in this film which I have not mentioned in the plot summery and for me the ones who really stood out were Portman played by Thomas Arana, Niki played by Michele Lamar Richards and Tony, played by Mike Starr. These really were the main ones who had the biggest parts in the film. They all managed to bring something different to the storyline and they also managed to add a bit of depth to it.
The storyline to the film was good and I did enjoy it. I found it I was not able to work out who the person sending the threatening letters was and was quite surprised when it was revealed. After we found this out I did find the ending was slightly predictable. I liked how the rich and famous was portrayed in the film as it showed they do have a normal and human side.
One of the best bits of this film for me is the sound track. I think it is wonderful and very mixed. One of my favourite tracks is 'yes Jesus Loves me' which is sung by Niki in the film. I love the words to this song and find them very moving. A lot of the songs are ballads but there are a few good lively and fast tracks included. The soundtrack is available to buy. There were a few special effects in this film and I was pleased with them and found they all fitted well into the film.
The running time of this film is 130 minutes and I found this to be an excellent length and did not loose interest at all during the film. As I said at the start of this review, I am doing a film only review so I have no DVD features to talk of.
I have to rate this film highly despite it now being 17 years old (yes it was made in 1992!) I think it still holds up well. The acting is great, Kevin Costner is sexy and the soundtrack is amazing.
It seems to me that I cannot help but cry buckets whenever I watch The Bodyguard. The legendary soundtrack, the amazingly poignant scenes, coupled with the intense chemistry all served towards making this film one of the greatest love stories in the cinematographic industry. Kevin Costner was incredible, I believe that- despite the hypes surrounding the film because of Whitney Houston- he was the real star of the film. He had this James Bond, gruff yet gentlemanly quality to him that really touched me, especially when it came to the romantic aspect of the movie. Whitney Houston was somewhat less impressive to me, but her singing was amazing as usual!
Rachel Maroon is an international feisty pop star who is receiving some dangerous threats from an obsessive fan. When things start getting dangerous, Frank Farmer, a prestigious bodyguard is appointed to keep her safe. Annoyed by his permanent presence and interference in her life, Rachel does not particularly warm up to him. Until the day when she realizes the gravity of her situation and he saves her from getting mobbed by fans. Can Frank protect Rachel from the ever-increasing danger? Moreover, in a world of strict professionalism and tough security, can the two of them fall in love?
While the plot is fairly simple, there are quite a couple of unexpected twists all throughout that kept me captivated from start to end. The suspense of Rachel's obsessive fan, and the close attempts on her life served to brew quite an interesting mélange with the romantic dimension of the movie. I have to admit that I was slightly disappointed by the manner in which the producers focused more on the dangerous, thrilling side of the movie and then placed the romantic aspect in the background. However, I believe that this might have been done purposely in order to show the difficulty of a relationship between a pop star and her bodyguard- from the very start there is an obvious attraction between the two of them, and while I cannot uncover spoilers about whether the attraction blooms into something else, I have to say that this is firstly a detective-action movie rather than a romantic one.
But I think that this will please fans of romantic dramas, like me, because of the great songs that are included within the production. Houston is brilliant in her song performances- hits such as "I will always love you", and "I have nothing" are amazingly suited to the movie as a whole, and mainly the reason why I cried so much during my viewing of this film! However, I have to say this: She might be a great singer, but if you ask me, she seriously cannot act! There were times when I was in hysterics in front of her forced facial expressions, or over-dramatic gestures and line deliveries. She really did not deliver a smooth performance. Still, I would say that the film and intensity of the plot is captivating enough for many to overlook her acting. In addition, Kevin Costner has slightly more scenes than her, and in scenes where the two of them are present, the actor works really hard on the on-screen chemistry, hence again diverting attention from Houston's poor acting.
Like I mentioned above, I really admired Kevin Costner in this film. What I loved the most, however, was the manner in which he really managed to keep his expression gruff and serious all through the film. I really do not think that he laughed once all through the production! Physically, he is not really my type but his gruff manner added a little charm to his on-screen presence. I also loved his line deliveries, and the manner in which he managed to speak so much merely with facial expressions. Since I was not very impressed with Houston's acting, Costner was the one who really made The Bodyguard interesting for me.
Like I often say, I always love commentary tracks but one of the Featurettes is so long that I guess it can be viewed as a commentary track all by itself!
* Kevin Costner
* Whitney Houston
* Gary Kemp
* Bill Cobbs
* Ralph Waite
* Tomas Arana
* Michele Richards
* Mike Starr
Overall, this is one that I would certainly highly recommend. I think that this film has many elements to please a wide range of audience- and one that could have been deemed as perfect had it not been for the lack of intensity in Houston's performance.
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The Bodyguard is a romantic thriller released 25th November 1992 starring two of the biggest stars of that time, Kevin Costner & Whitney Houston. The film is directed by Mick Jackson. Mick Jackson is famous for directing television films more so than feature films however he has worked with many big stars such as Steve Martin, Jeff Goldblum, Helena Bonham Carter & Tommy Lee Jones.
The bodyguard runs for approximately 130 minutes & is rated 15. At the box office it grossed a staggering estimated $410,945,720. Upon release The Bodyguard mainly received negative reviews however this didn't stop this film becoming a huge success worldwide. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards both in the musical categories & if you've heard the soundtrack you'll understand why.
The main stars in this film are Kevin Costner & Whitney Houston. Kevin Costner was already an established actor at the time of The Bodyguard. Costner got his big break in 1974 in the film Sizzling Beach, U.S.A. He's won numerous awards in his career than spans three decades including, two Oscars & three BAFTA'S.
Whitney Houston, like Kevin Costner was already very established in her career however her career was as a singer. She got her big break in 1977 when she was the lead vocalist on Michael Zager Band's single 'Life's A Party'. She achieved one of the longest running number one singles in the charts of all time with 'I Will Always Love You' it spent 14 weeks at number one. The song was originally recorded by Dolly Parton in 1974 however Whitney Houston's version in my eyes is far superior.
The Bodyguard is about a huge music star Rachel Marron played by Whitney Houston (ring any bells?!) who is stalked by a crazed fan. Rachel's managers hire ex secret service agent & professional bodyguard Frank Farmer to protect her.
At first the two clash & Rachel thinks that having a bodyguard is unnecessary however she has not been informed of the stalker & the extent to which he may go to. After learning of this she realises that she needs Frank & the two become close, eventually sleeping together after a night out. Frank does have strong feelings for Rachel however he feels that his feelings may compromise his ability to protect her so he calls off the affair much to Rachel's annoyance.
As the two continue to have a solely professional relationship they find it increasingly difficult & with the stress of the stalker, fear for her son's welfare & her feelings for Frank she rebels & pushes Frank away which can't lead to anything good!
I have to admit that The Bodyguard is one of my favourite films embarrassingly as that sounds & as cheesy as this movie is! It's just sheer entertainment, the running time could have been shortened but unlike so many other films with long running times it's not dull. This film is sort of unique in the fact that it has an interracial relationship between Kevin Costner & Whitney Houston. This breaks the boundaries in that most films tend to go down the generic route of same ethnic relationships. The fact that this isn't made into an issue in the film, in fact it isn't even mentioned is highly commendable.
I'd recommend this film to any fan of chick flicks, yes this film is mainly one for the girls but I think guys can enjoy it too, it does have minor action pieces & it can be relatively suspenseful at times too. The two leads have excellent chemistry & this has to be my favourite film of Kevin Costner. When I first watched this I was highly sceptical as a lot of musicians that try their hand at acting fail miserably (Britney Spears in Crossroads!) but I was impressed by Whitney Houston as she really managed to pull it off & without her & the fantastic soundtrack I don't think this film would have made such an impact that it did on release.
I bought this DVD quite a few years ago after seeing it on the TV & if I remember correctly I think I paid £8.99 for it. There aren't really any special features on this DVD which didn't disappoint or surprise me as I did just buy the DVD because I loved the film & also films that are this old don't tend to include special features so I wasn't too bothered by this.
This film is currently available from play.com for £4.99 which is an excellent price for such a brilliant film.
I couldn't write a review about this film without mentioning the soundtrack could I? The soundtrack to this film actually became the biggest selling soundtrack of all time. The main soundtrack song 'I Will Always Love You' spent 14 weeks at number one & all the songs released from this album became big hits for Whitney Houston. The soundtrack is available to buy from play.com for £9.99. I would have expected it to be a bit cheaper as it's nearly 16 years old however if you've heard this soundtrack or are a fan of Whitney Houston I'm sure you wont mind paying that little bit extra for this amazing soundtrack. It includes 15 tracks, mainly by Whitney Houston but it does include other big artists such as Joe Cocker. I do love 'I Will Always Love You' but my favourite song from this album would have to be 'I Have Nothing' which you see her perform in the film.
The song list is as follows;
Will Always Love You
I Have Nothing
I'm Every Woman
Run to You
Queen of the Night
Jesus Loves Me [Version Not in Motion Picture]
Even If My Heart Would Break - Kenny G.
Someday (I'm Coming Back) - Lisa Stansfield
It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day - S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M.
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding - Curtis Stigers
Waiting for You [Not on US Album] - Kenny G.
Trust in Me - Joe Cocker Theme from the Bodyguard -
I'm Every Woman [Clivillés & Cole House Mix I] [Version Not in Motion Queen of the Night [CJ's Master Mix][Version]
I hadn't watched this film in so long but came across it when I noticed that it was on sale for £6.67 for the special edition at Choices (see my review on this fantastic company to learn more if you haven't already) and had to treat myself as my original video copy is so worn out it will hardly play at all. If I didn't love Choices before I certainly do now. I remember the first time I watched this film was in the evening wiht my mates with a rented copy and I enjoyed it so much that I got up early the next morning and watched it again before I went to work. As soon as it came out on video to buy I rushed out to get it, something I was not in the habit of doing and remember this was at a time when the sales side of things didn't happen at the same time as rental release. They were also a bit more expensive in those days before all the internet options available.
It's hard to know where to start with this - well ok it's not - KEVIN COSTNER - Sorry you might have noticed that from the advantages line but this is the first film of his where I really sat up and took note of him (not just for his acting abilities either - I'm afraid I got rather a crush on him here). He plays the part of The Bodyguard Frank Farmer who eventually agrees to take on the highly obnoxious prima donna Rachel Marron and I wonder if there are many women out there while watching the film who weren't wishing that it was them he was scooping in his arms instead of Whitney Houston who takes on the role of Rachel.
This film has everything you could want in a movie storyline - love, heartache, excitement, betrayal and yes go on let me say it one more time - I promise its the last - Kevin Costner - see I managed lower case lettering that time. All that and it also has a great soundtrack provided of course by Whitney herself when she was at the pinacle of her career.
I will start by a bit of background on the characters and the actors who play them in this film:-
Kevin Costner - plays Frank Farmer, a former secret service bodyguard who protected both Carter and Reagan but when stated by Rachel Marron's agent, Sy 'Reagan got shot!' he replies 'Not on my watch.' This is one of many great lines he delivers and is also where his biggest fear lies - not being there at the crucial moment to protect his client. A straight talking bloke he doesn't believe in mixing business with pleasure and doesn't really approve of the big pop star lifestyle but is convinced to take this job by Rachel's colleague and friend Bill Devaney. He soons realises that Rachel has more than a business interest in him and this shows us the struggle he has to keep her at a distance and out of his heart as he starts to show signs of caring for her a little too much.
Kevin Costner has played many different roles and apparantly either goes for films which turn out to massive hits like the amazing Field of Dreams - where he built a baseball pitch because famous dead players told him to do so - and Dances with Wolves - where he played Lt John Dunbar who is exiled to an outpost and much to the militaries dismay makes friends with a group of wolves and 'the enemy' Indians - or he makes total flops like Waterworld - which lost millions as the futuristic production which to me tried to be the next version of the Mad Max series but didn't quite work out that way. Very disappointing for him as he both produced and directed this failure even though he was never actually credited on the film as taking a directoral role. He has actually produced many good films including Dances With Wolves which was a superbly touching movie and The Bodyguard itself in which he plays his part brilliantly and he manages to get his inner pain across to the viewer in a way that is so subtle that you immediately sympathise with his demons.
Whitney Houston - plays Rachel Marron, a spoiled, selfish pop diva who likes to get her own way and to hell with anyone else. She doesn't realise that someone is out to get her though and is surprised at why Frank insists on such heavy security. She does start to soften towards him though especially when she and Frank have a 'date' where they end up dancing to a version of the old Dolly Parton song 'I Will Always Love You' and the chemistry sparks fly. This is very much a love/hate relationship though and nothing runs smoothly for them as he insists on a professional line being taken. She shows her vulnerable side to him though and he does eventually start to get where she is coming from as her past enfolds.
This was Whitney's first film and I was really surprised at how well she plays this character - not sure if some of it is just because she is partly like Rachel in the prima donna sense but she does this as if she were born to it. Of course she was more well known before for her hit single Saving All My Love for You and then went on sing The Greatest Love Of All and I became a fan of hers right back then in 1985 and rushed out to get her first album. I must say that if you aren't a fan of her voice then you probably won't like this film as she does do a lot of singing in it and there are 6 tracks with her vocals on the soundtrack but unlike some other films with singers who turn actress it has a brilliant storyline too and the songs fit in with the plot of the film rather than the other way about.
Gary Kemp - plays Sy Spector, Whitney's agent who doesn't want to let her know that the reason she needs protection is because some madman has been inside her palacial home and done unspeakable things on her showroom bed. He is very suspicious of Frank and doesn't really believe all the security measures he wants are necessary. He's also a little bit jealous of the relationship forming between Frank and Rachel and this gets in the way of common sense for her safety as all he truely cares about is success.
Gary Kemp doesn't impress me as an actor in this production as he seems very false and not at all convincing as the token Englishman in an otherwise American cast. He is of course more famous for being in 80s band Spandau Ballet before going on to co-starr with his brother Martin Kemp (well known for his villanous role as Steve Owen in Eastenders) as the famous gangland brothers in The Krays. This felt like a more natural role than this one where he just doesn't fit in somehow.
Bill Cobbs - plays Bill Devaney, who realises just how much help a man like Frank could be to her and begs them both to give each other a fair trial.
He plays a fantastic part here and is one of those actors who you may not recognise by name but the face is definately familiar as he has played many roles over the years including playing Bert in Fluke, the film version of the James Herbert book which followed the story of a man killed and who comes back as a dog to protect his family from the man who killed him. This man has tremendous talent and you may also recognise him from the TV series of The Others where he played Elmer Greentree.
Mike Starr - plays the bouncer/bodyguard Tony who thinks he is enough protection for Rachel but soon realises that Frank is far superior and works towards helping Frank all he can. He takes part in a great kitchen fight scene where no words have to be spoken and the looks from both characters say it all.
This is another guy who you would recognise from many TV appearances and has played parts in CSI NY, Law and Order, Without a Trace and Scrubs to name a few. Further back he even appeared in an episode of Hawaii Five O for anyone old enough to remember that 70s detective show. He has also appeared in a vast number of films including Fight Club and On Deadly Ground. His New York, Queens accent and his looks means he plays a lot of Italian mob style characters and he does this hardman part fantastically.
Other characters who play a big part in the film are Rachel's sister Nicki and her son Fletcher. Nicki is more than a bit jealous of her sister's great career and says more than she should in the course of this film. Fletcher is brilliantly played by DeVaughn Nixon, a refreshingly naive boy oblivious to fame and fortune although it has to said it must help to live in a huge house with a lovely swimming pool. Fletcher is the most important thing in Rachel's life and without him she would be lost. There are some lovely scenes between Frank and Fletch by the pool where they have a heart to heart about their fears.
Another familiar face who crops up later in the film is Ralph Waite who plays Frank's father. He is better known for playing the cult character John Walton - the father of all those Walton children. Of course he has played loads of other roles too but that's what he will always be the most famous for. He plays this role well. The other character who stands out in this film is the chauffeur, Henry played by Christopher Birt who gives us quite a bit of comedy especially as he learns to do 180s in the car with Frank.
There is of course an extra character - the baddie - but I'm not going to mention who that is as it's kept a secret until the end of the film and I don't want to give the game away.
The soundtrack as I already mentioned features 6 tracks by Whitney including I Wil Always Love You which was at number one for 10 weeks in the UK. This song is a little bit ironic for me as it was at number one when I split with my husband and no I didn't go on to always love him, quite the opposite in fact, but that's another story. I can't help but smiling when I hear it though. Other songs by her are, Queen of the Night, I Have Nothing, I'm Every Woman, Run To You and the fantastic Jesus Loves Me which is so beautiful and haunting. Other artists which feature on the soundtrack are Curtis Stiger, Lisa Stansfield and the amazing Joe Cocker so there are songs for everyone, not just the fans of Whitney.
Now I will say that there are always a lot of tears from me at the end every time I watch this but there is also a lot of humour and action throughout the film too so it's not just a girlie flick and this is why I love this film so much. Costner is at his dead pan comedy best though with the dialogue which is so well written and seems to suit him to perfection and the spark between the two characters looks very genuine. At 2 hours long it's not dragged out in any way.
There aren't that many good extras on this edition which include previously unseen footage, the music video for I Will Always Love You and the theatrical trailer but the feature of interviews with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston is quite entertaining. If you haven't seen this one yet then I would definately advise a look at it as I would say it would appeal to most watchers.
Kevin Costner, as usual gives a good performance, Whitney however, more or less just plays herself. The actress who plays her sister out acts Whitney by far. Basically it is a good storyline, Costner playing a Bodyguard for a famous singer (played by Whitney). Whitneys character, has been getting postal threats etc, so Costner is hired to protect her, he used to be the bodyguard of the president, but resigned when the president was shot on his shift. Other than Costner the best part about the movie, was by far the music, which includes Whitney's I will always love you. Definitely worth the watch, as you just think of Whitney as herself. I actually bought this on video, at the time due to the music.
The BodyGuard is a class film it is great and it keeps you in suspence and at the edge of your seat. The main Characters:Frank Farmer(Kevin Costner-Messsage in a bottle)and Rachel Marron(Whitney Houston) Other Characters: Gary Kemp,Bill Cobbs and Ralph White. The Plot: Rachel starts recieving hate mail, but when it all starts getting just a little to dangerous and hot's up. Rachel's manager decides it time to get the best bodyguard in the world.Frank says no at first because he doesn't do superstars but he changes his mind when he thinks he is calling the shots. Rachel doesnt know anything about it and that makes it worse and they don't get on well at first, but when she discovers what is going on, she fears for her life and the life of her son. Gradually they fall in love but have to keep it professional and Rachels sister is jealous watch it to find out the ending. The film is rated a 15 and its running time is 124 minutes long. The film is really good and i advise you to watch it.I Rate it a 9/10.
The Main Characters: Kevin Costner stars as Frank Farmer. Also starring in Message in A Bottle and Robin Hood. Whitney Houston stars as Rachel Marron. Other Characters Include: Gary Kemp, Bill Cobbs and Ralph Waite. Directed by Mick Jackson. The Plot: When an obsessive fan whose letters to Rachel become to sound dangerous. They decide to hire Rachel the best bodyguard going Frank Farmer. Rachel and Frank both expect to be in charge. What they don’t know is that they will fall in love with each other. Wherever she goes he will be watching her she will be looking over her shoulder. It is a hard life being famous you can never be alone. But when Rachel finds herself in the arms of her bodyguard her life seems to change a whole lot. When they go to a secret location in the Alps Rachel thinks all her worry’s are over but she’s wrong. The stalker followed her but i'm not going to give the rest of the movie away. In the movie all the songs that Rachel sing are her own songs in real life she has had a hit I will always love you which reached number 1 in the charts she has also had hits with I have nothing. The bodyguard is an exciting passionate drama. Which I myself found very good I think it is aimed at target audience of teenagers and adults it is a 15. The movies total running time is approximately 124 minutes. I liked the movie a lot, I think the movie was very exciting and it would be enjoyed by a wide range of audiences, so I would recommend watching it to anyone it is a classic.
A former Secret Service agent takes on the job of bodyguard to a pop singer (Whitney Houston), whose lifestyle is most unlike a President's. But can the bodyguard (Kevin Costener) follow the rules? - Never let her out of your sight. Never let your guard down. Never fall in love.