My Bodyguard1980

Director: Tony Bill
Stars: Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, Matt Dillon, Paul Quandt, Hank Salas
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Runtime: 102 minutes

The son (Chris Makepeace) of a hotel manager (Martin Mull) finds himself the target of the school bully (Matt Dillon, in his breakthrough movie role). So he makes an offer to a school outcast--the biggest kid in class (Adam Baldwin), who reputedly has actually killed someone. He'll pay him to be his bodyguard against the bully. But the business arrangement turns into friendship, even as the smaller boy learns his new friend's secret shame. The first film by director-producer Tony Bill, this one comes down a little too heavily on the feel-good notes (and includes a gratingly precious appearance by Ruth Gordon in her lovable eccentric mode) but works because of strong performances by its young cast. --Marshall Fine

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