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Guarding Tess (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 11 March 1994 (USA)
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A former U.S. First Lady wants a particular Secret Service agent to head her bodyguard detail, even though he can't stand her.

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Earl Fowler
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Barry Carlisle
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Howard Schaeffer
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Frederick
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Tom Bahlor
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Lee Danielson
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Ralph Buoncristiani
James Lally ...
Joe Spector
Brant von Hoffman ...
Bob Hutcherson (as Brant Von Hoffman)
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Kenny Young (as Harry J. Lennix)
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Kimberly Cannon
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Charles Ivy
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Neal Carlo
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Doug is a Secret Service Agent who has just completed his stint in charge protecting Tess Carlisle, widow of a former U.S. President, and close personal friend of the President. He finds that she has requested that he not be rotated but instead return to be her permanent detail. Doug is crushed. He wants off her detail. She is very difficult to guard and makes her detail crazy with her whims and demands. Doug returns with no idea of how to continue dealing with her. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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A comedy beyond the call of duty.

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Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

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11 March 1994 (USA)  »

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Un ange gardien pour Tess  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$27,053,498 (USA)
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The voice of the president was provided by writer and director, Hugh Wilson. See more »

Goofs

When reporting the last know location of Mrs. Carlisle's Lincoln, Agent Chesnic reports her vehicle heading East at the Chester Exit off Interstate 71. However, Chester, Ohio is located in Rural Southeastern Ohio; nowhere near an interstate. See more »

Quotes

Doug Chesnic: [Calming the hospital employee who insisted it's hospital policy that patients leave by wheelchair] The regulations aren't really that sacred, are they?
Doug Chesnic: And Tess... Get in the god damn chair.
Tess Carlisle: Hmm. Very good, Douglas. You're going to be all right.
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References Gigi (1958) See more »

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Written by Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley & O'Kelly Isley
Performed by The Isley Brothers
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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Unusual theme, unusual relationship, brilliantly done
8 March 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is an unexpected pearl of a movie. Neither of the two stars, Shirley MacLaine or Nicholas Cage, are normally high on my list of favorites, but they pull off this odd ball relationship to perfection. There's chemistry here, just not in the usual sense of the word! It's a plot idea unlike any I've previously encountered...

Doug (Nicholas Cage) is a Secret Service man assigned the dubious honor of "guarding Tess" Carlisle (Shirley MacLaine), the feisty, aging, crotchety widow of a former American President and friend to the current President (who owes her favors and she doesn't let him forget it!). Nothing Doug does pleases Tess; nothing ANYONE does pleases Tess. Yet, she has an obvious underlying affection for her Secret Service guard, the only agent she'll in fact tolerate, who most of the time wishes he had just about any other job. Tess's own son totally neglects her and she's a lonely lady, caught up in old memories of her past White House days, when she and her husband were objects of great respect, affection, and attention. Tess is a cantankerous character now (of course Shirley MacLaine's a natural for the part!) but altogether sympathetic. I won't give away the story but Doug has his work cut out for him, and not just putting up with her moods, whims, and assorted outrages. The plot thickens and drama awaits...

There's action and adventure but the movie is much more character driven than plot driven. It's a treat to watch the unfolding relationship between this unlikely pair. Whether it's a realistic scenario or not, it makes for an entertaining, amusing, and touching movie you're bound to enjoy.


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