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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.

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Earl Fowler
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Barry Carlisle
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Howard Schaeffer
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Frederick
John Roselius ...
Tom Bahlor
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Lee Danielson
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Ralph Buoncristiani
James Lally ...
Joe Spector
Brant von Hoffman ...
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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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.

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Comedy | Drama

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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)

Gross:

$27,053,498 (USA)
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Trivia

Austin Pendelton and James Rebhorn both were characters in My Cousin Vinny (1992) 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] 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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Ich Gehe, Doch Rate Ich Dir
from Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Weiner Symphoniker, Bruno Weil
Güther Missenhardt, Elzbieta Szmytka
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A unique and memorable relationship grows between a former first lady and the secret service man who helps protect her.
8 July 2007 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

This should not be a spoiler except in terms of flavor; this fine film brings me back to "Driving Miss Daisy." A reluctant secret service agent (Cage) is forced to renew his term for "guarding" a moody, very bright, usually difficult former first lady. From an infinite number of quickly subdued facial expressions, inhalations, and rare comments, we see that Tess (the former first lady) is a complicated character, built of far more complex material than that which has created simply a tiresome, demanding and spoiled lady finding herself in old age without having prepared for the life she has now.

Rather quickly, we see her aloneness in the world. Less quickly, Cage too sees it and exhibits an understanding that far transcends the many funny moments in this serious work.

See it. If you understand how close to the soul its scratches are, your eyes won't be dry at the end.


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