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Guarding Tess (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 11 March 1994 (USA)
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
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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. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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

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11 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un ange gardien pour Tess  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$27,053,498 (USA)
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The President calls Doug Chesnic (Nicolas Cage) to inform him that Tess Carlisle (Shirley MacLaine) has refused Secret Service protection. The President refers to Tess Carlisle as "A National Treasure". Nicolas Cage, of course, stars in the National Treasure series of films in 2004 and 2007. See more »

Goofs

The plot includes two interactions with the local sheriff's department. Uniforms and vehicle markings for all 88 counties of the 7th most populated state of the US are standardized and dictated by Ohio law. The uniforms and cruisers depicted are not remotely close. See more »

Quotes

Frederick: [sitting at the counter, preparing Tess' breakfast in the kitchen] Just back to pick up your accoutrements?
Doug Chesnic: [while making coffee] Speak English Fred.
Frederick: [Doug walks out of the kitchen and up the stairs to 'Tess' bedroom] Just back to pick up your shit?
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References Gigi (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Ich Gehe, Doch Rate Ich Dir
from Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Weiner Symphoniker, Bruno Weil
Güther Missenhardt, Elzbieta Szmytka
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A good, old-fashioned comedy
17 January 1999 | by (Uphall) – See all my reviews

Guarding Tess is a film that relies on character and dialogue for its impact rather than flashy special effects or frenetic action. The humour is subtle rather than sledge-hammer, a rare achievement for a modern comedy.

The interaction between the eponymous Tess (Shirley MacLaine) and her chief minder (Nicholas Cage)is well scripted and beautifully played. There are also some fine supporting performances from the likes of Richard Griffiths.

Well worth investing 90 minutes of your time to watch.


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