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

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Cast

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 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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She's a former First Lady. He's a top agent in the Secret Service, stuck in the worst assignment of all. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un ange gardien pour Tess See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$27,053,498
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scenes from the nominating convention for President Carlisle is snippets from the Republican Convention in 1984. You can briefly see a "Reagan-Bush" sign. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Store Manager: [to Doug, as other secret secret service agents escort Tess around the supermarket ] 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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Soundtracks

Madamina Il Catologo e Questro
from Don Giovanni
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Giuseppe Taddei
with The Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini
Courtesy of EMI Classics
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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OK comedy drama
13 May 2007 | by xredgarnetxSee all my reviews

GUARDING TESS takes a crochety, ailing, widowed former First Lady (MacClaine) and one very reluctant Secret Service agent (Cage) and pairs them on a path that spells almost certain doom for one of them. She can't get along with anyone, including her grown son who ignores her. And Cage just can't get along with her. Naturally, over time, they form a strong bond. Then the unexpected happens. Their world is turned upside down when she is kidnapped. The movie shifts into high melodrama at this point and never lets up until the end. The music begins to thunder down on us, Cage badly overacts, mostly yelling and bellowing, and the film almost goes off the rails. Austin Pendleton hams it up as the First Lady's neurotic driver, and frankly he's not very good in this one. A mostly entertaining little movie that soon enough gets too big for its britches. See it and decide for yourself.


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