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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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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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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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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 »

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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 »

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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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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Shout
Written by Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley & O'Kelly Isley
Performed by The Isley Brothers
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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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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