The Guardian

The Guardian (2006)

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Maggie McGlone: If my muscles hurt, it just means I've used them. If it hurts to walk up the stairs, it's just cause I've done it a hundred times to lay down next to a man who loved me. My face may have wrinkles, but I have laid under hundreds of skies on sunny days. I look like this, well, because I drank and I smoked and I lived and I loved and I screwed my way through a pretty damn good life. Getting old isn't bad. It's earned.

Pilot Mitchell: We're low on fuel. The rulebook says we cut our losses. What do you think, Ben?
Ben Randall: When we go home, they die.

Danny Doran: Here's to our gal, Lindsey. You can rescue me anytime.
Cate Lindsey: You know what, Doran? You I might actually let drown.
Cadets: Oh.

Jake Fischer: You're going to kick me out for defending the Coast Guard?
Ben Randall: The Coast Guard has been around for 200 years. I doubt a couple of knuckleheads like yourself are going to defend it.

Danny Doran: Can you die from chlorine poisoning?
Billy Hodge: I can't feel my legs. I'm serious.
Jake Fischer: I don't know about you guys, but I feel good.
Ken Weatherly: This Randall guy, he's operating on some whole other cylinder. What is it, two weeks, and he's failed half the class already?
Ken Weatherly: He's a legend. They say he's got something like 200 saves.
Danny Doran: I heard it was 300.
Jake Fischer: Who cares what his number is? If he's such a stud, what's he doing here?

Capt. Frank Larson: If by some miracle you actually have what it takes to become one of us, then you get to live a life of meager pay with the distinct possibility of dying slow, cold and alone somewhere in the vast sea. However, you also get the chance to save lives, and there is no greater calling in the world than that. So, ladies and gentlemen, welcome. Welcome to A - school.

Ben Randall: There will come a time when you have to decide who lives and who dies.

Ben Randall: Save the ones you can Jake. The rest, you've got to let go.

Jake Fischer: Does this mean you're not going to fail me.
Ben Randall: For what? Backing up a buddy at a bar? Then I've got to bigger problems than you.

Ben Randall: Class 5506, will you come find me if I am lost?
Cadets: Yes, Senior Chief.
Ben Randall: Will you come save me if I am drowning?
Cadets: Yes, Senior Chief.
Ben Randall: I believe you would.

Jake Fischer: That guy who holds all them records, is he still alive?
Capt. Frank Larson: Why do you ask?
Jake Fischer: Just thought you ought to let him know I'm about to knock his name off that board.
Capt. Frank Larson: Why don't you let him know yourself? He's standing right behind you.

Capt. Frank Larson: Ben, come in. You work fast. Lyons? He was one of our top candidates.
Ben Randall: Sometimes you gotta shoot a hostage.
Jack Skinner: Look, we all know that you're a... legend and all, but our program has been proven to work.

Jake Fischer: How do you choose who to save?
Ben Randall: I swim as fast and as hard as I can, for as long as I can. And the sea takes the rest.

Factual error: When the new candidates report in to Rescue Swimmer School, one of the airmen is wearing the Silver Star ribbon. The person is too young to have served in another service, and there are no other service's ribbons worn - and the Coast Guard hasn't issued a Silver Star since Vietnam.

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Trivia: During the scene in Kevin Costner's office after the bar brawl involving Ashton Kutcher and his Coast Guard buddy Hodges, the title of the newspaper from which Costner reads about Kutcher's car accident is "The Cedar Rapids Chronicle." Kutcher is actually from Cedar Rapids, Iowa (although the real name of the paper is the Cedar Rapids Gazette).

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