The Bodyguard

The BodyguardBB.5

(out of 5)


made her feature starring debut in this middling thriller that is too shallow to be effective, but makes for brainlessly enjoyable viewing nonetheless.  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 .


USA, 1992

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by , Lawrence Kasdan,

Music by 

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,


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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)

Razzie Award Nominations
Worst Picture
Worst Actor (Kevin Costner)
Worst Actress (Whitney Houston)
Worst Screenplay (Lawrence Kasdan)
Worst Original Song (“Queen of the Night”, Whitney Houston, L.A. Reid, Eric ‘Babyface’ Walsh, Daryl Simmons)
Worst New Star (Kevin Costner’s Crewcut)
Worst New Star (Whitney Houston)


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