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Sam Elliott gives a stellar performance as the Lifeguard - Rick Carlson. Rick is in his mid 30s and he is now grappling with what to do in his life. Rick is preparing for another busy and sunny summer on a stretch of gorgeous southern California beach with his youthful, rookie partner played very well by Parker Stevenson (The Hardy Boys). The performances are very solid throughout by the main and supporting cast members. Sam Elliot really shines as the leading man in this film. This is one of Elliot's early leading performances and it's easy to see why he was chose of this tailor made part.


The now aging Rick is forced to examine his current life and career choice after he attends his high school reunion. Anne Archer his former sweetheart and a young and super cute Kathleen Quinlan, as an infatuated teenager, also star in this interesting character study set amidst the sun, surf and sand of a very memorable California summer. Elliot is super cool in this role, a ladies man to the max.

Cast & Crew


Anne Archer

Sam Elliott

Kathleen Quinlan

Stephen Young

Parker Stevenson


Ron Koslow



Ron Silverman



Daniel Petrie

Product Information


Features Not Specified


Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

Audio: (more info)

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]




Studio: Paramount Pictures

Production Year: 1976

Release Date: 6/21/2005


Length: 96 mins

Rating: PG


Lifeguard DVD 1976 Sam Elliot Anne Archer

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