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This is my favorite Sam Elliot role and conversely probably his least well known. It's one of those perfect little gems where everything seems to work to perfection. Much like the main character, Lifeguard Rick, the viewer subtly touches on so many different emotions during this film that it's hard to define exactly what you're experiencing at any given time. But in the end you are left with a quiet contentment, an understanding and acceptance of who you are and what is the right choice for yourself no matter what the mainstream opinion might be.
Paul Williams' song "Time and Tide" was removed from the soundtrack when this movie hit the T.V. screen. I hope it has been restored on the DVD release, it just wouldn't be the same movie without it.
Update 06/22/05: The DVD came out yesterday. I bought it and watched last night. All is well, the song is back. Thanks Paramount!
Actually, on the big screen, "Lifeguard" resembled a glorified TV movie. On TV, however, it looks great, especially in this wonderful widescreen transfer. And it serves as a reminder that sometimes small, heartfelt films with modest aspirations can endure and be effective long after the same era's pretentious and overblown message pictures. "Lifeguard" could be described as "Baywatch" with brains, but its much more than that. How wonderful it is to see a movie set in Southern California and on the beach where the beachgoers look like real people and not surgically-altered superbabes. And although all of the featured lifeguards are men, you get the idea if they hired a woman, she'd look like Alexandra Paul and not Pamela Anderson. Even the women star Sam Elliott gets involved with look like real, average women--future Oscar nominees Kathleen Quinlan and Anne Archer chief among them. Believe me, it's a real treat to watch normal people onscreen for a change.
Elliott stars as Rick, a career lifeguard who is beginning another summer on the beach, with a new assistant/trainee (Parker Stevenson). He befriends a lonely teenager (Quinlan) who has just moved to L.A. from San Diego (and who has an obvious crush on him), has a few one-night stands and meets his parents for dinner, whereas his father lets him know he's tired of his son wasting his life at the beach.Read more ›
The production gave Anne Archer (his Hi-school beau) and Kathleen Quinlan (his under-age beach lover) a huge step-up in their movie careers - and they were excellent in the film. Even Sharon Weber's roll as Rick's 'Stewie' was a dash of ingenuity - Weber was totally believable and had the talent to make 'big-time money' in her all-too-short career -- another Hollywood 'should-have-been'.
I've always enjoyed immensely watching Sam Elliot on the big screen - he's always had a "Gabel-ian presence" (when he talks, you listen!). I only wish he'd had more 'film exposure' in his early career. He continues to chose wisely his characters, even in B-grade films, and still has an on-screen magnetism unmatched by many of today's shallower, much-ballyhooed male performers (including Hanks, Willis and Gibson) - imagine Elliot in Tom Selleck's starring roll as MAGNUM, PI!! (...Read more ›
Actually, "Lifeguard" is a thoughtful study of a man who's happy in a job which others consider beneath him. At one point he's tempted to change his life in order to conform to others' expectations, but by the end of the movie he's decided to be his own man and to follow a course which satisfies him. This philosophy has echoes of the "do-your-own-thing" mood of the 1960's but it's presented here in a quieter, more mature form.
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One of my all time favorite movies. Even though made in 1975, somehow it has not become dated. The cinematology was superb - beautiful beach, sunsets and people. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Myra
This movie is superficially just another beach party movie, but it isn't. As we get to know Rick, we see how much he loves his job. Read morePublished 3 months ago by shrinkwrap
Love this movie. It doesn't have the same appeal it did when I was a kid, but what does? :) Still love it - AND Sam Elliot :)Published 4 months ago by Lori Cruz
This movie has that something that makes you want to see it over and over again.Published 5 months ago by zepol