THE BODYGUARD (15)
D: Lawrence Kasdan
Warner Bros./Tig (Lawrence Kasdan, Kevin Costner & Jim Wilson)
USA 🇺🇸 1992
W: Lawrence Kasdan
DP: Andrew Dunn
Ed: Richard A. Harris
Mus: Alan Silvestri
PD: Jeffrey Beecroft
Kevin Costner (Frank Farmer), Whitney Houston (Rachel Marron), Gary Kemp (Sy Spector), Bill Cobbs (Devaney), Ralph Waite (Herb Farmer), Tomas Arana (Portman), Michele Lamar Richards (Nicki), Mike Starr (Tony)
An ex-CIA agent is hired as a bodyguard by a pop singer who has received death threats. He demonstrates how terrible he is at his job by doing the only thing he is forbidden to do, embarking on a romantic relationship with her. An action which left women in the audiences swooning whilst men reached for the sick bucket.
Honestly ladies, imagine a very unattractive actor in the lead role in this and you'll realise how ridiculous it all is. Also, Whitney Houston may be an amazing vocalist, but as an actress she is an absolutely terrible, even though she's practically playing herself.
The soundtrack is pretty decent and sold a shedload of copies, but it really is a rather awful film if you really scratch beneath the superficiality. Critic-proof though it is, and it was amongst the biggest films of 1992, going on to inspire a stage musical production which was also incredibly popular.