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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tess Carlisle
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Earl Fowler
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Barry Carlisle
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Howard Schaeffer
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Frederick
John Roselius ...
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)
Susan Blommaert ...
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)

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$27,053,498 (USA)
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George Clooney auditioned for just one line in this movie but it never made it to the screen. See more »

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When Chesnik is grilling Earl about the location of Mrs. Carlisle he shoots one of his toes. He begins counting down to shoot the next and cocks his revolver but does not shoot. When he asks Earl "An abandoned farmhouse? I don't think so!", flashing the gun in Earl's face. It is uncocked. See more »

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Tess Carlisle: The President is coming to Somersville. Will you have the cars and the machine guns ready in about an hour?
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Madamina Il Catologo e Questro
from Don Giovanni
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Giuseppe Taddei
with The Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini
Courtesy of EMI Classics
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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OK comedy drama
13 May 2007 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

GUARDING TESS takes a crochety, ailing, widowed former First Lady (MacClaine) and one very reluctant Secret Service agent (Cage) and pairs them on a path that spells almost certain doom for one of them. She can't get along with anyone, including her grown son who ignores her. And Cage just can't get along with her. Naturally, over time, they form a strong bond. Then the unexpected happens. Their world is turned upside down when she is kidnapped. The movie shifts into high melodrama at this point and never lets up until the end. The music begins to thunder down on us, Cage badly overacts, mostly yelling and bellowing, and the film almost goes off the rails. Austin Pendleton hams it up as the First Lady's neurotic driver, and frankly he's not very good in this one. A mostly entertaining little movie that soon enough gets too big for its britches. See it and decide for yourself.


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