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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
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Joe Spector
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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. See more »

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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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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$27,053,498 (USA)
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The scenes from the nominating convention for President Carlisle is snippets from the Republican Convention in 1984. You can briefly see a "Reagan-Bush" sign. See more »

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The "Ohio" state route signs in the movie are wrong, as the real ones have the outline of the state. The signs are Maryland signs (where the movie was filmed) with the word "Ohio" covering the word "Maryland". See more »

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Store Manager: [to Doug, as other secret secret service agents escort Tess around the supermarket ] Does she want to be known today?
[Doug shakes his head]
Store Manager: [to customers and cashiers] Don't know her! Don't know her! Don't know her!
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References Amadeus (1984) 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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Likable Film!
24 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Guarding Tess is a light, likable film that has good intentions and is easily entertaining. However, it is pretty forgettable and this film has similar themes and plot points as the much better film, Driving Miss Daisy. Both films are about a younger guy and an older woman going at it with each other before their relationship improved. But all in all, this is a good, light-hearted film.

Hugh Wilson's film is about a Special Agent Douglas who has been trained for the very best. Instead, he is assigned to keep watch over former First Lady Tess Carlisle. We realize that these two people have nothing in common and is very hard to get along.

The acting is solid. Shirley MacLaine is one of Hollywood's best and rumor has it that this role is very similar to her real-life persona. But, she was magnificent here. Nicolas Cage is also good and his role is very restrained for once. There are other wonderful 90's character actors that take up the screen including Richard Griffiths and James Rebhorn.

Overall, this is a delightful, mild-mannered film about two people with nothing in common defying odds so that they begin to respect each other. This is labeled as a comedy, but I can't see why. I hardly laughed, but this works very well as a drama. This film reminds me greatly of Driving Miss Daisy and I think that's a good thing. I rate this film 8/10.


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