Film: The Bodyguard

Bodyguard Crush Incarnate!

A 1992 film starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. 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 Lawrence Kasdan for Steve McQueen and Diana Ross in The '70s, 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," originally by Dolly Parton. In addition, the movie's instrumental music was marvelously done by Alan Silvestri (and finally released on its own album a mere 21 years later). In 2013, the film headed to stage in the form of a Jukebox Musical featuring many of Houston's hits.

This film provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Frank has a katana which cuts Rachel's scarf in half just by the scarf floating down onto the blade.
  • Alliterative Name: Frank Farmer.
  • And the Adventure Continues: In the end, Frank is again protecting a crusading politician.
  • Award Bait Song: "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 Dolly Parton), but Houston's version won the big two Grammys.
  • Badass Normal: Frank. Rachel even points this out when first interviewing him, saying that he doesn't look much like a bodyguard.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Frank and Rachel at the airport.
  • Black Dude Dies First: 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 gets his attention.
  • Cain and Abel: Rachel's sister Nikki was the one who put the hit on her in the first place.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: Tony attacks Frank after Frank gets Rachel away without telling him. Frank's abilities in Good Old Fisticuffs 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.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: The movie ends with Rachel and Frank parting ways after he successfully protects her from her would-be killer.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Rachel's sister Nikki is envious of the former's success. 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.
  • Heel-Face Door Slam: Nikki tries to call off her hitman but he kills her.
  • Heroic BSOD: 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.
  • Heroic Sacrifice/Taking the Bullet: 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.
  • Last Name Basis: Rachel usually calls Frank "Farmer".
  • Lyrical Dissonance: 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.
    • Truth in Television: The 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.
  • Properly Paranoid: This is pretty much Frank's main personality trait.
  • Red Herring: Several. Most prominently, the stalker who is constantly threatening to kill Marron via letters and calling her home? Not the assassin.
  • Something Only They Would Say: 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 and is being incorrectly accused of being the one trying to kill Rachel.
  • Stalker with a Crush: DAN. And he's extremely creepy, to boot.
  • The Stoic: Frank.