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Release Date: 1980

DVD Release Date: January 29th, 2002

PG|1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary
Clifford Peache (Chris Makepeace) is a sensitive, well-to-do teen who becomes the target of bully Melvin Moody (Matt Dillon) after he starts attending a new school. Tired of being picked on, Clifford recruits brooding tough kid Ricky Linderman (Adam Baldwin) to be his bodyguard. While this initially works, and Clifford and Linderman form an unlikely friendship, soon circumstances strain their bond. As Clifford is forced to confront Moody again, Linderman has to deal with his own troubled past.

Cast: Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, Martin Mull, Matt Dillon, Paul Quandt, Joan Cusack, Dean R. Miller, Tim Reyna

Director: Tony Bill

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Underdog, Transformation, Growing up, Amusing, Brooding, Father, Friend, School, 1980s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • There is a terrifying moment in adolescence when suddenly some of the kids are twice as big as the rest of the kids. It is terrifying for everybody: For the kids who are suddenly tall and gangling, and for the kids who are still small and are getting beat up all the time. My Bodyguard places that moment in a Chicago high school and gives us a kid who tries to think his way out of it. show more

  • An engaging yarn about a wealthy kid who learns to fight his way out of trouble in a rough Chicago public school. He also learns not to believe in labels placed on people. [19 Dec 1980, p.10]

  • In My Bodyguard the warfare is entirely internecine, and the movie, for all its shortcomings, is an exceptionally perceptive (and funny) study of the terror that can be visited upon an innocent victim. [23 Aug 1980]

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