The Guardian is a 2018 American Thriller Romance Drama film written by Tom Perrotta and directed by John

The Guardian
Directed by John Curran
Produced by Toby Emmerich

Mark Johnson

Written by Tom Perrotta
Based on

The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

Narrated by

Bradley Cooper

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Michael Fassbender


Bradley Cooper

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Michael Fassbender

Jessica Chastain

Ryan Reynolds

Music by Aaron Zigman
Cinematography Robert Fraisse
Editing by Alan Heim
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s)
  • May 16th, 2011(Worldwide)
Running time 118 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $29 million
Box office $115,603,108

Curran starring Bradley Cooper, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michael Fassbender, Jessica Chastain, Jordana Spiro, Louis St. Roman and Ryan Reynolds.

The film is based on the 2003 Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name.

The film was shot entirely in Toronto, Canada and released on May 16th, 2011 worldwide.


We are first introduced to an 11 year old Richard Mayston in 1985 who kills his alcoholic abusive father via spiking his drinks and then sets up his also absuive foster brothers for the killing. We follow Richard onto the present day and his marriage to beautiful artist Jessica Alamore whom begins to discover his psychotic nature and begin a series of affairs. She cheats and then attempts to leave him. He then after viciously beating her locks her down into their home.

She manages to flee the house and ultimatley is murdered upon being caught by Richard. We then come to the story of Julie Terrace who is dealing with the loss of her husband Jim. She takes on the advice of her columnist bestfriend Elizabeth to get back on the dating scene and take up with the men who enter her life.

Julie has her pet Great Dane named Singer left by Jim as a Guardian which serves as her only companion which prompts her to take up on Elizabeth's advice. Her childhood friend Mike breezes into town and she begins a short lived relationship with him before moving on to succesful manager Richard Mayston. Unaware that Richard is a psychopath Singer's senses pick up on the sinister nature of Richard and Richard becomes obsessed with Julie as she resembles Jessica.


  • Bradley Cooper as Mike Hatting
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar as Julie Terrace
  • Michael Fassbender as Richard Hayston
  • Jessica Chastain as Elizabeth Kendricks
  • Jordana Spiro as Rebecca Welding
  • Miranda Raison as Jessica Hayston
  • Louis St. Roman as Officer Hester Brumlin
  • Ryan Reynolds as Jim Terrace
  • Dilshad Vadsaria as Roommate Kelly Sterning
  • Kristoffer Polha as Officer Brexlin
  • Benjamin Millipied as Boss Harmoz
  • Matthias Schoenarts as Bad Date Henry Gills
  • Brian Dietzen as Bad Date Heckley Rollis


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  3. Feel- Robbie Williams
  4. Far Away- Nickelback
  5. Escape- Enrique Iglesias
  6. Keep On Loving You- REO Speedwagon
  7. Can You Feel The Love Tonight- Elton John
  8. Only You- The Platters
  9. Flames Of Love (98 Remix)- Fancy
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