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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
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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 »
Don't you see? If he is involved, then her life is worthless, you understand? They had to fucking kill her!
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This is a well written comedy. Some of it is dry, but very potent. The former First Lady Tess Carlisle is played to perfection by Shirley MacLaine. She has her own reasons for picking Doug Chesnic (Nicolas Cage)to head up her Secret Service security detail. Chesnic is puzzled and reluctant, because the former First Lady is not one of his favorite people.
MacLaine and Cage played their parts like no one else could. The interaction was sometimes hilarious. And then came the tender and touching enlightenment. Sometimes well-to-do people get cranky just because they are lonely.
Rounding out the cast are Richard Griffiths, Edward Albert and David Graf. Hugh Wilson shares writing credits, as well as directing this enjoyable film. Give it a chance to grow on you.
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