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My Bodyguard

By Marshall Fine

The son (Chris Makepeace) of a hotel manager (Martin Mull) finds himself the target of the school bully (Matt Dillon, in his breakthrough movie role). So he makes an offer to a school outcast--the biggest kid in class (Adam Baldwin), who reputedly has actually killed someone. He'll pay him to be his bodyguard against the bully. But the business arrangement turns into friendship, even as the smaller boy learns his new friend's secret shame. The first film by director-producer Tony Bill, this one comes down a little too heavily on the feel-good notes (and includes a gratingly precious appearance by Ruth Gordon in her lovable eccentric mode) but works because of strong performances by its young cast.

 

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"I loved the movie My Bodyguard and would love to have more pics of Adam Baldwin from that movie. He is the greatest. I just got done watching another movie (3:15) which he was also great in."

--FreeAndEasy2001



 

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Director: Tony Bill

Stars: Matt Dillon, Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, Joan Cusack, Ruth Gordon, Martin Mull, John Houseman, Craig Richard Nelson

Released: January 20, 1980

Availability: DVD VHS


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