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Guarding Tess (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 11 March 1994 (USA)
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A former U.S. First Lady wants a particular Secret Service agent to head her bodyguard detail, even though he can't stand her.


Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Earl Fowler
Barry Carlisle
Howard Schaeffer
John Roselius ...
Tom Bahlor
Lee Danielson
Ralph Buoncristiani
James Lally ...
Joe Spector
Brant von Hoffman ...
Bob Hutcherson (as Brant Von Hoffman)
Kenny Young (as Harry J. Lennix)
Kimberly Cannon
Charles Ivy
Neal Carlo


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.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un ange gardien pour Tess  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)


$27,053,498 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The voice of the president was provided by writer and director, Hugh Wilson. See more »


In the hospital scene, where Doug is menacing the chauffeur for information, he draws his S&W double-action revolver. Even after firing it, however, he is shown to cock the hammer repeatedly, as though it were a single-action gun. See more »


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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Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Who's watching the lady?
22 January 1999 | by (florida) – See all my reviews

This movie is a refeshing pause in Cage's over the top acting. He plays the foil for the ex first lady well- respectful but not cowering. this is a film about loyalty and duty and most of all about having compassion for someone who is lonely.

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