In 1992, Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston starred in the romantic thriller, The Bodyguard. The film told the story of Frank Farmer, a former Secret Service agent, tasked with protecting actress and singer, Rachel Marron, after she becomes the target of a stalker.

Released theatrically in late November, The Bodyguard was a huge financial success, and quickly became one of the biggest films of the year. All these years on, the movie is still regarded as one of the most popular movies of the 1990s, and remains a picture that many revisit time and time again.

But what do you know about The Bodyguard? And more importantly, would you like to know more?

In this post, I am taking a look at some key details about The Bodyguard to enhance your knowledge about the movie. Want to know more? Then read on!

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Calling the shots

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The Bodyguard was directed by British director, Mick Jackson. Jackson has a directing portfolio which includes both television and movie projects, including the iconic (and pretty terrifying) 1984 nuclear holocaust movie, Threads.

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Written in the stars

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Lawrence Kasdan – the screen writer behind Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Return of the Jedi (1983), and The Force Awakens (2015) – wrote the script for The Bodyguard. He penned the script way back in 1975, and had Steve McQueen in mind for the lead role of Frank Farmer.

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Supreme wait

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Did you know, that Lawrence Kasdan’s script for The Bodyguard was turned down by 67 people before it was finally sold in 1977 (two years after he wrote it)?

From the moment it was sold, it took a further 15 years to get The Bodyguard onto the big screen, by which time it entered various stages of development. At one point, Ryan O’Neal and Diana Ross were lined up to play Farmer and Marron, respectively.

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Who’s that guy?

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Actor DeVaughn Nixon appears in The Bodyguard, in the role of Rachel Marron’s son, Fletcher. Prior to The Bodyguard, Nixon played the part of Danny Dyson in Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), and has since appeared in shows such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Lizzie McGuire, and Marvel’s Runaways.

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Cameos

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Robert Wuhl and Debbie Reynolds appear in The Bodyguard, playing themselves. They both appear towards the end of the movie, in scenes which take place during the Academy Awards ceremony.

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I Will Always Love You two

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The song, I Will Always Love You appears twice in The Bodyguard. The song is performed by John Doe in the first instance, and by Whitney Houston in the second.

At no point is the song performed by Dolly Parton, who originally wrote and recorded the track back in 1973.

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The music of The Bodyguard

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The soundtrack to The Bodyguard was a phenomenal success, picking up three Grammy Awards and producing multiple hits. The album’s signature track, I Will Always Love You, topped the charts around the world, including spending ten weeks in the No.1 spot in the UK and 14 weeks in New Zealand.

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The score

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The score for The Bodyguard was written by Alan Silvestri. Silvestri has an impressive body of work having provided the scores for many movies including Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Death Becomes Her (1992), Cast Away (2000), and The Avengers (2012), amongst others.

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Going for gold

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Despite the financial success of The Bodyguard, when the movie was released it was not a huge hit with the critics. As such, it was nominated seven times for Golden Raspberry Awards – an awards ceremony which celebrates movies considered to be bad.

The Bodyguard was nominated for Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Actress, Worst Screenplay, Worst New Star (two nominations), and Worst Original Song. The film didn’t win any of the awards.

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The legacy

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And finally, 20 years after the release of The Bodyguard, the movie was adapted into a successful stage musical. The musical placed greater emphasis on Whitney Houston’s character, Rachel Marron, and incorporated more of Houston’s back-catalogue of songs into the story.

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