(out of 5)
Whitney Houston made her feature starring debut in this middling thriller that is too shallow to be effective, but makes for brainlessly enjoyable viewing nonetheless. Kevin Costner plays a hardened bodyguard who is assigned to protect singing superstar Houston when she is threatened by a dangerously obsessive fan. Houston proves herself charismatic and natural onscreen, while Costner’s way of playing tough is to just be quiet and sulky all the time. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan was written almost two decades earlier, and coming a year after his excellent Grand Canyon shows just how much he has grown as a writer in the meantime. The best thing about this movie is the fantastic collection of songs, among the best recordings of Houston’s career and responsible for catapulting Dolly Parton’s hit song “I Will Always Love You” (which the singing star covers beautifully) back to number one fame. Look for a cameo by Debbie Reynolds.
Kasdan Pictures, Tig Productions, Warner Bros.
Directed by Mick Jackson
Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan
Cinematography by Andrew Dunn
Music by Alan Silvestri
Production Design by Jeffrey Beecroft
Costume Design by Susan Nininger
Academy Award Nominations
Best Music (Original Song) (“I Have Nothing”, music by David Foster; lyric by Linda Thompson)
Best Music (Original Song) (“Run To You”, music by Jud Friedman, lyric by Allan Rich)