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[[caption-width-right:311:BodyguardCrush Incarnate!]]

->''"Never let her out of your sight. \\
Never let your guard down. \\
Never fall in love."''

A 1992 film starring Creator/KevinCostner and Music/WhitneyHouston. Costner plays former Secret Service agent and freelance bodyguard Frank Farmer, hired to protect superstar singer-turned-actress Rachel Marron (Houston) after she starts getting death threats. They initially dislike each other, but despite his better judgement, feelings start to develop between them.

Originally written by Creator/LawrenceKasdan for Steve [=McQueen=] and Diana Ross in TheSeventies, the project was taken up by Costner fifteen years later. This film was a huge success, as was the soundtrack, which sold in the bazillions (it's widely considered to be the top selling movie soundtrack ''of all time''), all fueled by the unbelievable popularity of Houston's rendition of "I Will Always Love You," [[CoveredUp originally]] by Music/DollyParton. In addition, the movie's instrumental music was marvelously done by Creator/AlanSilvestri (and finally released on its own album a mere ''21 years'' later). In 2013, the film headed to stage in the form of a JukeboxMusical featuring many of Houston's hits.
!!This film provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Frank has a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] which cuts Rachel's scarf in half just by the scarf floating down onto the blade.
* AlliterativeName: '''F'''rank '''F'''armer.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: In the end, Frank is again protecting a crusading politician.
* AwardBaitSong: "I Will Always Love You". Didn't win any Oscars (and was ineligible for the Oscar anyway because it was originally written 20 years before by Music/DollyParton), but Houston's version won the big two Grammys.
* BadassNormal: Frank. Rachel even [[LampshadeHanging points this out]] when first interviewing him, saying that he doesn't look much like a bodyguard.
* BatmanColdOpen: The movie opens right on Frank shooting dead a hitman sent after his previous client.
* TheBigDamnKiss: Frank and Rachel at the airport.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: When Henry, Rachel's chauffeur, reacts with incredulity that Frank's adding to his duties, Frank tells him that in his experience, when shit goes down, the client's usually okay. "Who gets shot? The cocky black chauffeur." That [[ScareEmStraight gets his attention]].
* BodyguardCrush: Rachel become smitten with Frank as the film goes on. Even when Frank [[ButNowIMustGo moves on to another job]], the moment before he does is ''Rachel'' deciding to RaceForYourLove.
* BreakTheHaughty: Rachel starts the film as a diva that questions why hiring a bodyguard. By the end of the film, she has been put through the wringer so hard that she spends most of the climax jumping at shadows ([[ProperlyParanoid which actually saves her life, when she signals Frank that she thinks something is wrong... and it is]]). [[spoiler:Nikki gets her moment as well when she finds out that she gave the order to kill Rachel to a PsychoForHire willing to kill her nephew if that helps him kill Rachel.]]
* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler:Rachel's sister Nikki was the one who put the hit on her in the first place.]]
* DefeatEqualsFriendship: Tony attacks Frank after Frank gets Rachel away without telling him. Frank's abilities in GoodOldFisticuffs and with throwing knives gets him to back down. Later in the film, it's shown that Tony is more than willing to listen to what Frank has to say and even points out Rachel's would-be-assassin to Frank at the Oscars.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler:The movie ends with Rachel and Frank parting ways after he successfully protects her from her would-be killer.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A casual line at the beginning of the movie mentions that the [[spoiler:hitman (a former Secret Service agent like Kevin Costner's character) was interviewed and was "eager" for the job of guarding his future target.]]
* GreenEyedMonster: Rachel's sister Nikki is envious of the former's success. [[spoiler: It is later revealed that she hired a hitman to kill her. But even after she sours on the idea when the hitman turns out to be willing to kill Rachel's son to get close to her, there isn't much Nikki can do since she doesn't know who the hitman is.]]
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler: Nikki tries to call off her hitman but he kills her]].
* HeroicBSOD: Frank suffered one of these when Reagan got shot while he wasn't there. He went to his father's cabin for the next six months. Time heals all wounds, but he's still never really gotten over it.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Frank jumps in the way of the would-be assassin's bullet at the Academy Awards, preventing the shots from hitting Rachel. And then he kills the guy before finally succumbing to unconsciousness. He doesn't die, however.]]
* IrrevocableOrder: [[spoiler:The hitman's order to kill Rachel, not only because Nikki was high on cocaine when she ordered and thus doesn't knows who she asked it ''to'', but because the hitman is a PsychoForHire that refuses to stop even when Nikki is standing in front of him ordering him to (instead, he just kills her and escapes to try again). Another interpretation is that the hitman doesn't know who hired him either, as Nikki is KilledMidSentence trying to explain.]]
* LastNameBasis: Rachel usually calls Frank "Farmer".
* LyricalDissonance: While dancing with him to the country version of "I Will Always Love You", Rachel points out to Frank that the lyrics to the verses are quite sad, in contrast to the simple "I will always love you" statement in the chorus. He listens for a moment, and then chuckles and agrees, admitting he'd never noticed that before.
* ProperlyParanoid: This is pretty much Frank's main personality trait.
* RedHerring: Several. [[spoiler:Most prominently, the stalker who is constantly threatening to kill Marron via letters and calling her home? Not the assassin.]]
* ServileSnarker: Frank so very much.
-->'''Rachel:''' ''[insists in jogging outside the mansion despite Frank's security concerns]'' You afraid I might get picked off in my snazzy running suit?\\
'''Frank:''' No, I'm afraid that I might have to jog with you.
* ShoutOut
** Frank takes Rachel to see ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}''.
** Rachel's outfit during the "Queen of the Night" scene is based on the robot from ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', and footage from the movie is included in her performance.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: The stalker (when he calls the Marrons' home) says "no" in a very peculiar, drawn-out way. Which we hear again when he is arrested by the police [[spoiler:and is being incorrectly accused of being the one trying to kill Rachel.]]
* StalkerWithACrush: '''''DAN.''''' And he's ''extremely'' creepy, to boot.
* TheStoic: Frank with a generous side of DeadpanSnarker.
* TheTeetotaler: Frank while on duty. Lampshaded even.
-->'''Rachel:''' So, can we get you anything?\\
'''Frank:''' Yeah, orange juice.\\
'''Rachel:''' Straight?
* TruthInTelevision: The "I Will Always Love You" song is often requested at weddings, and the band or DJ has to inform the couple that it's a break-up song and not the best way to start off their marriage.
* WouldHurtAChild: The hitman places a bomb on the boat on Rachel's mountain home, which goes off and ''almost'' kills Rachel's son (Frank saves him JustInTime).
* YourEyesCanDeceiveYou: When stalking the hitman through the woods at night, Frank closes his eyes and turns to fire [[SoMuchForStealth at the sounds he's making]]. The shots strike close enough to drive him off, but they still miss. This is an actual blind-firing technique, based on the fact that your head instinctively turns towards a sound when you can't see.