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  • Actors: Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, Matt Dillon, Paul Quandt, Hank Salas
  • Directors: Tony Bill
  • Producers: Don Devlin
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Mar. 2006
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000CRSFB2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,548 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Comedy starring Chris Makepeace as Clifford Peach, an easygoing teenager who is finding it less than easy to fit in at his new high school where a tough-talking bully (Matt Dillon) terrorises his classmates and extorts their lunch money. Refusing to pay up, Clifford enlists the aid of an overgrown misfit whose mere presence intimidates students and teachers alike. But their 'business relationship' soon turns personal as Clifford and the troubled loner forge a winning alliance against their intimidators - and a very special friendship with each other.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nothing2Chance on 8 April 2011
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A wonderful movie. I enjoyed it while in junior high for the hope it gave, and I still enjoy it as an adult for the memories it awakens.
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful
"Peache?! I knew he was a fruit!" 15 Oct. 2003
By cookieman108 - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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...I actually found that notion a little offensive and silly as this is a charming little movie that portrays one boy, who shut nearly shut everything out after a tragic event opening up to a friend. In the end, the boys develop a friendship, but also get more in that Clifford learns how to stand up for himself and Ricky seems to come to terms with a past event that isolated him and made him feared throughout the school.
Look for appearances by Martin Mull, Ruth Gordon, Joan Cusack, John Houseman, George Wendt, Tim Kazurinsky, and Jennifer Beals. The movie is presented in full screen and wide screen formats, and looks really good. The audio is solid, but there are English subtitles if needed. One of the many things I appreciated about this movie was the use of real teenagers to portray teens on the screen. It really annoys me seeing some twenty something being passed off as a high school student as seems fairly common nowadays. Also, it seemed the entire movie was shot on location in Chicago, rather than on a soundstage, providing a bit of a gritty, realistic feel. This was a nice, subtle touch that served to make a great movie that much better. Overall, an excellent movie I would recommend to most anyone.
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
A sweet, old-fashioned movie about teen friendship. 11 Aug. 2001
By Miles D. Moore - Published on
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.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A terrific film 6 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
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.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Little Movie With Enormous Heart 2 Nov. 2004
By G P Padillo - Published on
Format: DVD
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!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
My Bodyguard: Social Class, Inner City School Environments, and Personal Growth 9 May 2007
By Roger M. Longo - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The movie is well done with a fine cast. What makes it unusual is the manner in which it deals with some fundamental elements in the "coming of age process." One of the themes one can chart throughout a life cycle is the evolution of the concept of power. One finds that in the elementary grades where power is physical and individualistic. The mindset atthis point is "whose the tuffest kid in the class." As one moves towards high school the notion of power becomes redefined into a more social framework such as team sports (football, basketball, etc.). It still deals with the physical domain of power, but more social (team efforts sanctioned by the institutional structure, i.e., the school). However there is a class divide that exists within the schools. Those who come from middle class families are more readily moved forward towards college and the professions. Those who are disenfranchised do not. The realization of this on the part of the disenfranchised can lead to hostility expressed in the form of physical threats. This is the nub of the movie. A bright student comes to an inner city school and finds himself the target of a formidable group of bullies. Realizing that he is no physical match he decides that the way to deal with this delemma is trump his tormentors by finding someone even more menacing. At first the potential bodyguard is reticent and dismisses the offer, but eventually the two are drawn together by circumstances and become friends. The result of the friendship is the focus of the movie: the evolution of each of these characters as a result of their interaction with one anther. Needless to say, the bullies are vanquished in the end and the two main characters (the "geek" and his bodyguard)continue to evolve well beyond the point of their first encounter. The movie is also a bit unusual in the sense that it treats the psychological motiviation of the "bodyguard" at a deeper level that one might expect from a teen movie. It's well done and the cast is excellent with a story told in a very believable fashion.
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