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Guarding Tess (1994)

 -  Comedy  -  11 March 1994 (USA)
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A former First Lady of the US 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
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Joe Spector
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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

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Frederick sarcastically expresses surprise to Doug that he isn't standing outside The Russian Tea Room as part of Jacqueline Kennedy's Secret Service detail. Kennedy forfeited her Secret Service privileges when she remarried. See more »

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Doug Chesnic: Where is she Earl?
Earl Fowler: Speak to my lawyer Agent... Agent Dougie.
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References Gigi (1958) See more »

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Overture
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Wiener Symphoniker, Bruno Weil
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A delightful movie with outstanding performances
3 August 2006 | by (Jackson, Mississippi) – See all my reviews

This perfect little gem of a movie deserves watching. With such a wonderful cast and such a great script, if this movie has any fault at all, it is under-appreciation. Shirley and Nick play off each other like the pros they are. The photography is on cue, the pace is keen and the underlying message of learning to love and care for what you have instead of squandering your energies on unrealistic ambitions is heart-warming. Among the many great moments are the calls from the President, Tess's temper tantrums, the scene at the opera, the "stand-off" in the car, and Tess's last scene from the hospital. I don't think this submission contains spoilers, but if they are, they're harmless. Please, please see this film.


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