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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Hugh Wilson
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Tess Carlisle
Nicolas Cage ... Doug Chesnic
Austin Pendleton ... Earl Fowler
Edward Albert ... Barry Carlisle
James Rebhorn ... Howard Schaeffer
Richard Griffiths ... Frederick
John Roselius ... Tom Bahlor
David Graf ... Lee Danielson
Don Yesso ... Ralph Buoncristiani
James Lally James Lally ... Joe Spector
Brant von Hoffman ... Bob Hutcherson (as Brant Von Hoffman)
Harry Lennix ... Kenny Young (as Harry J. Lennix)
Susan Blommaert ... Kimberly Cannon
Dale Dye ... Charles Ivy
James Handy ... 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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A comedy beyond the call of duty. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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

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Trivia

The scene in the Secret Service office, where the television shows civil unrest in Agua Dulce, affecting the president in the film (voiced by Hugh Wilson), the footage shown was actual news coverage from June 1992 when President George Bush (Bush 41) was in Panama for a speech. As a mass of protesters were present, gunshots and tear gas broke out, causing Bush to be evacuated. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Tess Carlisle: [to Doug, in her bedroom] The President is coming to Somersville. Will you have the cars and the machine guns ready in about an hour?
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Connections

References Gigi (1958) 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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Unusual theme, unusual relationship, brilliantly done
8 March 2006 | by roghacheSee all my reviews

This is an unexpected pearl of a movie. Neither of the two stars, Shirley MacLaine or Nicholas Cage, are normally high on my list of favorites, but they pull off this odd ball relationship to perfection. There's chemistry here, just not in the usual sense of the word! It's a plot idea unlike any I've previously encountered...

Doug (Nicholas Cage) is a Secret Service man assigned the dubious honor of "guarding Tess" Carlisle (Shirley MacLaine), the feisty, aging, crotchety widow of a former American President and friend to the current President (who owes her favors and she doesn't let him forget it!). Nothing Doug does pleases Tess; nothing ANYONE does pleases Tess. Yet, she has an obvious underlying affection for her Secret Service guard, the only agent she'll in fact tolerate, who most of the time wishes he had just about any other job. Tess's own son totally neglects her and she's a lonely lady, caught up in old memories of her past White House days, when she and her husband were objects of great respect, affection, and attention. Tess is a cantankerous character now (of course Shirley MacLaine's a natural for the part!) but altogether sympathetic. I won't give away the story but Doug has his work cut out for him, and not just putting up with her moods, whims, and assorted outrages. The plot thickens and drama awaits...

There's action and adventure but the movie is much more character driven than plot driven. It's a treat to watch the unfolding relationship between this unlikely pair. Whether it's a realistic scenario or not, it makes for an entertaining, amusing, and touching movie you're bound to enjoy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1994 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,065,213, 13 March 1994

Gross USA:

$27,058,304

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,058,304
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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