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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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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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Also Known As:

Un ange gardien pour Tess  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$27,053,498
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Harry Lennix (Secret Service Agent Kenny Young) & Susan Blommaert currently star together on NBC's The Blacklist as Deputy FBI Director Harold Cooper and Mr. "Kate" Kaplan, respectively. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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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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Very funny movie, well worth it
31 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Although Nicolas Cage showed a new range and talent in "Leaving Las Vegas", I think it is roles like this one in "Guarding Tess" where he is at his best. He plays a Secret Service agent who is having a frustrating time protecting the fiesty former first lady, Shirley McClain. Lots of funny dialogue, the chemistry between the two is great.

Not quite as over the top as "Raising Arizona" or "Honeymoon in Vegas" (although he was hilarious in both of those as well)...He's got the facial expressions and timing of a great comic actor.

There are also some good supporting performances. You'll laugh a lot watching this movie. One that might slip under the radar screen but is definitely worth checking out.


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