The Bodyguard

Year: 1992
Director: Mick Jackson
Writer: Lawrence Kasdan
Cast: Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston, Robert Wuhl
One of Kevin Costner's biggest hits and one of the most successful action films for chicks ever made (embodied in the weak-kneed romance of Farmer picking Rachel up and folding her into his arms to carry her through the crowd. Famous also for it's at-the-time ubiquitous theme and marketing tie-in track, Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You

It's got a deceptively simple storyline, which is perhaps why it did so well. A professional bodyguard more used to the political arena, Farmer (Costner) is convinced to work for a singer and actress, Rachel (Houston), who by her own admission 'can be a bitch'.

As they slowly but surely fall in love, it turns out Rachel has a psycho on her tail, and for Farmer, it's suddenly a lot more personal. Houston's performance easily matches Costner's, and it has a strong story and solid but appropriate (to the genre) thrills.

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