Watch: My Bodyguard 1980 123movies, Full Movie Online – Clifford Peache is the new kid in Lake View High School. Faced with all the stress that role entails he makes his situation worse by insulting Moody, the leader of a group of toughs who extort lunch money from kids. These punks pretend to be bodyguards for the kids to protect them from Linderman who, it is rumored, killed his brother in cold blood. Clifford befriends the sullen Linderman and hires him as his bodyguard. When Moody ups the ante, Linderman must decide whether fighting for what he believes in, with his haunted past and image, is justified..
Plot: Clifford Peach, an easygoing teenager, is finding less than easy to fit in at his new high school, where a tough-talking bully terrorizes his classmates and extorts their lunch money. Refusing to pay up, Clifford enlist 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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A Lasting Impression
In his debut performance, Adam Baldwin does a wonderful job portraying the alienated Ricky Linderman, who is seen as a hulking, violent “psychopath” by most of his peers. Baldwin’s acting abilities are impressive and he touches the heart of the viewer by showing us Ricky’s emotions.
Ruth Gordon is a joy to watch as Clifford’s Gramma Peache. Her character adds the touch of humor that is needed to balance the heavy subjects addressed in this piece of work.
I am slightly disappointed with the editing; they appear to be going for dramatic pauses that don’t work well and slow the pace of the scenes at times. However, I’m willing to live with that for the opportunity to see this wonderful story, which after 24 years still rings true to the reality of the cutthroat world of high school.
I remember loving this movie when I saw it as a grade school kid growing up. It remains a classic, and to me, is more satisfying with each viewing. Perhaps it’s because this may just be the most realistic movie about kids, friendship, and growing up I’ve ever seen. It’s refreshing to know that they can make movies about young kids without portraying them as sex maniacs, criminals, or drug users.
My Bodyguard is about a high school student, oddly named Clifford Peache (Chris Makepeace), who is encountering trouble at school. After unwisely insulting a school bully nicknamed “Moody,” (played wonderfully by Matt Dillon) he becomes a target. They want him to give them their lunch money, for protection. From who? “From themselves, of course, but that’s not what they say..” no, indeed. They tell him they’re trying to protect him from a big, tough kid named Ricky Linderman (played by Adam Baldwin in his film debut).
Clifford is somewhat small, he doesn’t know how to fight, and he’s not very intimidating, thus, he can’t really defend himself. So, what he lacks in size, he more than makes up for in intelligence and cleverness. He decides that he wants to pay Ricky Linderman “to be my bodyguard.” This is where the movie really begins, and makes an excellent turn.
Linderman is somewhat of an outcast and a loner at school, presumably because of his size, and some unkind rumors milling about the school. He has a reputation for being a psychopathic menace, but as it turns out, he’s just a normal kid who experienced a tragic event. Clifford decides to get back at Moody with Linderman watching his back. Linderman is at first a little hesitant to accept Clifford’s attempt at creating their friendship. Then, one day after Clifford is caught following his “bodyguard” home, their wonderful, unlikely friendship begins. The bonding sequence between these two unlikely companions is really satisfying to watch.
Not only does Linderman help Cliff, Cliff helps Linderman. Linderman begins to open up, alleviate his shyness, and relate better to people. He begins to understand that there are friends out there, and we all need support. This character transition that Baldwin makes is extremely well-acted and very convincing.
Clifford, we later learn, isn’t the only one with tricks up his sleeve. Some scenes later in the movie, like Linderman getting pushed around by another tough kid, are a little difficult and painful to watch. The scenes about Cliff’s grandmother (played by the wonderfully funny Ruth Gordon) and Martin Mull as his father trying to keep her under control in the bar of the hotel he manages, don’t really go with the other scenes, and are almost like a film-within-a-film. That’s easily forgiven and forgotten, though, because of the brilliance of the other parts, especially a great fight scene where everything comes together at the end. I haven’t seen too many movies where I’ve liked the ending as much as this one.
The most gratifying thing about this movie, is perhaps the lessons that can be learned. I loved the scene where Clifford discusses the rumors about Linderman with one of the teachers, who more or less implies that we should judge people and form our own opinions instead of listening to rumors and gossip. Clifford is wise enough not to listen to the rumors. It’s nice to know that people can be friends, despite differences in their backgrounds, economic status, or social circles. It reminded me of a line from On Golden Pond spoken by Katherine Hepburn: “Sometimes you have to look hard at a person, and realize they’re doing the best they can.” My Bodyguard does exactly that.
This is a very suitable film as well as great learning material for any teenager, teacher, or parent. The film is perfectly cast and the performances by the teenagers as well as the adults are fantastic. I liked the performance of Adam Baldwin the best, he starts out looking a little sloppy, scruffy, and primitive, but later goes through a transformation to a well-mannered, polite, affable, approachable young man. He is very convincing playing a kid who is tough, scared, sad, and angry at the same time. To make a treasure and a classic movie like this about teenagers and high school was some kind of miracle, and wonderful.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 36 min (96 min), 1 hr 42 min (102 min) (USA)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Family
Director Tony Bill
Writer Alan Ormsby
Actors Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, Matt Dillon
Country United States
Awards 1 win & 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panaflex Camera and Lenses by Panavision
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints), Consolidated Film Industries (CFI), Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm