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My Bodyguard

4.6 out of 5 stars 180 customer reviews

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After years of being sheltered in private school, Clifford Peache (Chris Makepeace) finds life difficult at his new Chicago high school where a tough-talking bully (Matt Dillon) and his pals regularly extort students lunch money. Refusing to pay up, Peache hires a bodyguard-the intimidatingly large class misfit (Adam Baldwin) whose rumored violent behavior is legendary. Though everyone else is afraid of him, Peache strikes up a friendship with the troubled loner. Their deepening relationship and unified stand against the thugs manages to rouse the entire school.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, Matt Dillon, Paul Quandt, Hank Salas
  • Directors: Tony Bill
  • Writers: Alan Ormsby
  • Producers: Don Devlin, Melvin Simon, Phillip M. Goldfarb
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RT3L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,111 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Bodyguard" on IMDb

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For some reason, I always thought this movie took place in New York, but seeing it recently, and seeing the scene where the boys ride around Daley Plaza, I realized it takes place in Chicago. Pretty sad considering I grew up just north of Chicago and a few famous landmarks are visibly present within a number of scenes.
Anyway, Clifford Peache (Chris Makepeace) has a problem besides his really bad mushroomed shaped harido. Having just transferred from a private to public school, Clifford has run afoul of a gang of toughs, led by Moody (Matt Dillon) whose main source of income is extorting money from kids under the premise of protection from another kid, Ricky Linderman (Alec Baldwin). See, legend has it that Ricky, a boy larger than most, has done all kinds of things from killing a kid, raping a teacher, to shooting a cop. Moody and his gang claim to provide protection from Ricky, but, really, they are only providing protection against themselves, because not paying Moody would result in a beating from Moody or any of his cronies. Clifford angers Moody and his goons by refusing to pay, which results in all kinds of harassment.
Clifford, seeing that even the bullies are afraid of Ricky, approaches Ricky to try and make a deal to get him to be his bodyguard. Ricky agrees initially, but backs out as Clifford tries to learn more about Ricky, about his past and why he's so feared. I've noticed some reviewers have tried to infer some sort of burgeoning homoerotic relationship between these two characters, but I really didn't see it. It's sad that two male characters in a movie can't develop a close friendship without some people labeling it as something other than what it is...
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It's a commentary on the Year 2001 (and not a pleasant one) that My Bodyguard, made in 1980, now seems almost as old-fashioned as Boy's Town. Sure, an occasional curse word crosses the lips of the teen characters in this movie, and boogers and toilets are mentioned in passing. But even the school bully isn't a sex-crazed moron, and no one is shown doing distasteful things to mice, apple pies or hair mousse. It's just the sweet, likable story of Clifford Peache, a nice, smart kid bullied by a nasty school clique led by the loathsome Melvin Moody, and Ricky Linderman, the hulking loner with a violent reputation whom Clifford hires to protect him from Moody and his thugs. Clifford and Linderman become pals, Clifford learns Linderman's dark secret, and both learn a great deal from each other about friendship and courage when Moody tries to double-cross them. That's all there is to the movie, except for a subplot about Clifford's harried hotel-manager father (Martin Mull) and raffish grandmother (Ruth Gordon). It's no masterpiece, but it is pleasant and surprisingly memorable, thanks largely to the touchingly real performances of the teen stars. Adam Baldwin, who made his film debut here, is outstanding as Linderman; why he hasn't had a better subsequent career is utterly beyond me. I also have no idea why Chris Makepeace's career was essentially over by 1985. Only Matt Dillon has had a real star career--undoubtedly because he was the only one with leading-man looks. Director Tony Bill makes good use of the Chicago locations, and Joan Cusack also had her film debut here in a small role.
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This is a terrific movie. The plot concerns a boy named Clifford (Chris Makepeace) who's new to a Chicago high school. He quickly becomes the target of Moody, the school bully (Matt Dillon). Rather than put up with Moody and his friends, Clifford gets Linderman (Adam Baldwin) to be his bodyguard. Everyone at the school is terrified of Linderman, but he and Clifford become close friends. There are also a few scenes with Martin Mull as Clifford's father, a hotel manager, and Ruth Gordon as his grandmother. It's a very sweet film with superb performances from all the actors. I would recommend it to just about anyone, although there is a little bit of swearing and some mild violence. Overall, though, it's a great film.
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My Bodyguard is an absolute joy of a film. When it came out 24 years ago my friends and I went to see it about 5-6 times. I'd not seen it in 24 years until recently purchasing it. Watching it was like opening a time capsule: everything was still fresh and true with tremendous performances from a terrific ensemble cast.

The standout performance belongs to Adam Baldwin. 17 when this was filmed, Baldwin's performance is nothing short of astonishing. His Linderman is classic "tough guy" on the outside, frightened loner beneath the surface. Properly fearful looking (the whole school is scared of this guy) Baldwin nonetheless makes it impossible for you not to feel for this kid and when, out of his greasy, shapeless clothes and cleaned up and dressed for dinner at the hotel, his smile and demeanor

Chris Makepeace shines as the tale's protagonist, Clifford and his persistence in courting friendship with Linderman is a turning point in the film: a bond is formed, and people start opening up. When, at dinner a secret Linderman is embarassed of surfaces, Cliff's Grandma holds his arm and says "You're among friends, Ricky, you're among friends"

As that Grandma, Ruth Gordon is simultaneously touching and predictably hilarious ("Bats, bats!") whether getting tipsy and flirting with married guests or dispensing relationship advice to her grandson ("never hit a woman . . . men think they want that but they're wrong!" )

One forgets how young and fresh Matt Dillon, Joan Cusack were when they started and both are terrific here. Many other recognizable faces and names pop up throughout the movie.

What a really terrific little movie this is!
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