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LIFE'S A 70'S BEACH WITH SAM ELLIOTT AS A CAREER 'LIFEGUARD'

Sam Elliott and seagull both reposeful in LIFEGUARD Year: 1976
A film as laidback as the title and occupation, but for lifeguard Sam Elliott, who seems a part of the beach he protects, there's plenty to do other than "bedding down babes" and looking good shirtless.

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At thirty-three years old, with pressure from friends, family, lovers, and even strangers, he's forced to deal with the realization he's not a kid anymore, and too old for his occupation. All this leading to his fifteen-year high school reunion where he gets back in touch with ex-sweetheart and now single mom Anne Archer, who breezily runs a successful art gallery, and old buddy Stephen Young, co-owner of a lucritive Porsche dealership.

 Quinlan and Elliott in Lifeguard RATES: ****
Might Sam be more suited as a husband, stepfather and car salesman than a tan-toned lady-killer lifeguard? This is a rare gem mixing comedy, drama, romance, but most of all it's a character-study: each element blending perfectly, mostly thanks to our mustached, deep-voiced star, one of the coolest cats in cinema...

Sharon Clark in LIFEGUARD
Meanwhile, the romance between Sam Elliott and Anne Archer is kindhearted and genuine, but the best scenes have Sam the maverick...

Not only making it with the ladies but relaxing all alone, watching the beach before anyone else arrives while a frisky teenage girl, played by Kathleen Quinlan and who adorns all the poster artwork, is practically stalker. That he doesn't fight off, noticed by Parker Stevenson, who makes great sidekick and student (along with the audience) in the job harder than it seems: So BAYWATCH (that featured Stevenson) brought lifeguards to a comic book status, LIFEGUARD (penned by future INTO THE NIGHT and FIRSTBORN scribe Ron Kolso) provides a story where the occupation and the man are one in the same.
Kathleen Quinlan in LIFEGUARD
Sam Elliott with cult actor Stephen Young in LIFEGUARD
Kathleen Quinlan and Sam Elliott in LIFEGUARD
Kathleen Quinlan and Sam Elliott in LIFEGUARD
 Sam Elliott in LIFEGUARD with Anne Archer
Steve Burns as Machine Gun real name Harold in LIFEGUARD
Sam Elliott and Parker Stevenson (later on Baywatch Season One) in LIFEGUARD
Sam Elliott in LIFEGUARD with Stephen Young
Parker Stevenson and Sam Elliott in LIFEGUARD
Sam Elliott trying to double his money as a Porsche salesman in LIFEGUARD
Cool font for the seventies should-be-a-cult-movie of LIFEGUARD
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