The Guardian (1984 film)

The Guardian
Written by Richard Levinson
William Link
Directed by David Greene
Starring Martin Sheen
Louis Gossett Jr.
Arthur Hill
Tandy Cronyn
Simon Reynolds
Tom Harvey
Composer(s) Robert O. Ragland
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Stanley Chase
Cinematography Richard Ciupka
Editor(s) Edward M. Abroms
Running time 105 minutes
Production company(s) HBO Premiere Films
Robert Cooper Productions
Stanley Chase Productions
Original network HBO
Original release
  • October 20, 1984 (1984-10-20)

The Guardian is a 1984 American thriller film directed by David Greene and written by Richard Levinson and William Link. The film stars Martin Sheen, Louis Gossett Jr., Arthur Hill, Tandy Cronyn, Simon Reynolds and Tom Harvey. The film premiered on HBO on October 20, 1984.[1][2][3]


The inhabitants of a New York City apartment building are plagued by burglaries and murder, and they have finally had enough. So they employ ex-military man John Mack (Louis Gossett Jr.) to protect their building as a security guard. Mack's techniques are precise and intense, and soon his overbearing and power-mad nature begins to chafe resident Charles Hyatt (Martin Sheen). Hyatt seeks Mack's removal, but will he have to forfeit his own safety in his quest for freedom?

The ending illustrates how Charles Hyatt comes to terms with the necessity of having a tough, no-nonsense security guard in order to protect the residents in their part of town (albeit reluctantly).



  1. O'Connor, John J. (1984-10-25). "'The Guardian' On HBO". Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  2. "Guardian, The (1984) - Overview". Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  3. Hal Erickson (1984-10-20). "The Guardian (1984) - David Greene". AllMovie. Retrieved 2017-10-31.
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