The Guardian

Synopsis: Ben Randall is a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. When his crew is killed in an accident and his marriage ends, his commander tells him he wants Randall to go to the US Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer "A" School to train other rescue swimmers. He encounters a guy named Jake who's a little cocky because he was once a swim champion. So Ben puts him through the wringer to see if he can handle it.
Director(s): Andrew Davis
Production: Buena Vista Pictures
  1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
139 min

There's a legend

of a man who lives beneath the sea.

He is a fisher of men,

the last hope of all those

who have been left behind.

Many survivors claim to have felt

his gripping hands beneath them,

pushing them up to the surface,

whispering strength

until help could arrive.

But this, of course, is only a legend.


Over here!



Ma'am, I'm a Coast Guard

rescue swimmer.

I'm here to help you.

Sir, stay with your flotation.

I'll be back for you.

- Don't leave me!

- Just stay there.

Don't you leave me!

Basket is outside

the cabin door and going down.

Roger. Copy you.

Forward and right 30.

Forward and right 15.

Right 15.

Ho, ho, ho!

Basket is in the water.

Swimmer and survivor

are at the basket.

Put your head in first.

I gotta get out!

Easy, forward.

Let go! Let go.

Let go. You're drowning her!

Swimmer just popped him in the face.

Okay, he's putting the man

in the basket.

The man is in the basket.

We're taking the load.

Whoa, big wave.

Get out! Get out!

What's wrong with you?

Sit there and shut up.

Swimmer in sight.

Prepare to take the load.

I have the ready-for-pickup signal.

Swimmer is approaching cabin door.

Survivor looks unconscious.

Swimmer inside the cabin door.

Cabin door closing.

I think you just broke my nose.

And you may have killed your wife, sir.

Twenty minutes to Kodiak.


He's giving her CPR.

Comstate Kodiak,

this is Coast Guard 6096.

We have

two hypothermic survivors onboard.

We'll be there in 20 minutes.

Requesting to have an ambulance

on-scene when we land.

Whoa, there we go.

- Got her?

- Got her!

Attaway, baby.

There's dead,

then there's dead.

I swear,

you get better with age.

- Had to hit him, huh?

- Yeah.

You are not. You stay over there!

You stay over there!

Seems like it's always the big ones

that crack.


Crew said that she went under.

They thought you'd lost her.

Lucky guess.

Luck, my ass.

- I didn't think you were serious.

- Of course you didn't, Ben.

How could you possibly think

I was serious?

I'm not some nameless

drowning victim.

Oh, gee, I'm sorry saving lives

doesn't jive with our social...


That's my chair.

Oh, he's right. Not that chair.

I'm sorry. I was just pointing things out

in the living room. He didn't know.

I would never take your chair.

Pick it up, would...

Doesn't have to be messy, Ben.

It's clean, simple for both of us.

We don't have kids.

Well, what about Friday?

What about Friday?

We were gonna go

with Carl and Bridget, you know,

to that dinner-dance thing at the base.

The base? All-you-can-eat wings?

A dart game to settle the tab?

That's the date that we can't break?

- You're right. You're right.

- Wow.

Look, we'll... We'll go away, all right?

Just us.

It's too late, Ben.

I don't know what I can say to you

that I haven't said already.

It's time for me to rescue myself.

Maybe... Maybe I should be the one

to move out.

Hi, you've reached Helen.

And Ben.

Leave a message.

You don't even know where anything is

in this house.

It's much easier this way.

Senior Chief, please report to base.

I can... I can fix this, all right? I...

I can...

I can fix this.

Just tell me what to do.

Tell me what to do.

- Just let me go.

- No.

- Just let me go.

- No.

You should answer that.

Ready rescue helo 6096.

Swimmer One, return to base.

- I don't wanna lose her.

- Then change.

Ben, how many times

have we had this conversation?

The only way for you to save it

is to give this up and fly a desk.

Exactly. She just wants to live.

Hey, maybe we can get a hobby.

Both of us.

Something like fishing.

- Fishing?

- Yeah.

Guys like us don't fish, Carl.

It'll work out. Always does.

Let me ask you something, seriously.

Is it too soon for me to ask her out?

I guess so.

Mayday! Mayday!


This is cargo vessel Seaqueen.

We're at 55 degrees,

167 degrees, 10 minutes west.

We're taking on water.

We're abandoning ship.

I repeat, abandoning ship.

Son, look at me. Look at me.

You're gonna be okay. Got that?

Got that? We're gonna be okay.


We have

a tail rotor de-ice caution light.

- Any secondaries?

- No.

Circuit breakers are in,

so it definitely has failed,

but we're not building up any ice.

- How's the fuel?

- Forty minutes to bingo.

- All right, take the stick.

- Okay, I have the controls.

All right, huddle time, boys.

We have a de-ice fail.

We're low on fuel.

The rulebook says we cut our losses.

What do you think, Ben?

Well, we go home, they die, Bill.

Ops Cent Kodiak, Ops Cent

Kodiak, this is Coast Guard 6096.

We have

a tail rotor de-ice caution light,

but we are pressing on.

- 6096...

- Get the maintenance chief on the line.

I wanna know

what he thinks about this.

Computer's saying

the winds are 60 to 85 knots.

I'm turning your bear alt off.

- You're on your own with altitude hold.

- Roger.

Lower! Lower!

Right side. Debris in water.

- Request to open cabin door.

- Roger. Open door.

Kodiak Ops,

We have heavy debris in the water.

Commencing cover search.

Mark and note position.

I'm going in.

They're dead, Ben. Ben, they're dead!

We don't know that.

There's six PIWs all tied together.

No signs of life.

I think we may be too late.

Not our call. They're on-scene.

They'll make the assessment.

Requesting to get wet, sir.

I ain't sending you fishing for bodies,

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