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Guarding Tess (1994)

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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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A comedy beyond the call of duty. 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 President calls Doug Chesnic (Nicolas Cage) to inform him that Tess Carlisle (Shirley MacLaine) has refused Secret Service protection. The President refers to Tess Carlisle as "A National Treasure". Nicolas Cage, of course, stars in the National Treasure series of films in 2004 and 2007. 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

Doug Chesnic: [Calming the hospital employee who insisted it's hospital policy that patients leave by wheelchair] The regulations aren't really that sacred, are they?
Doug Chesnic: [while taking his sunglasses] And Tess... Get in the god damn chair.
Tess Carlisle: [while sitting in the wheel chair, with Fredrick pushing from behind, taps hand with her right hand] Hmm. Very good, Douglas. You're going to be all right.
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Referenced in On Cinema: 'Need for Speed' and 'Walk of Shame' (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Ich Gehe, Doch Rate Ich Dir
from "Die Entführung aus dem Serail"
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Wiener Symphoniker and Bruno Weil, Güther Missenhardt, Elzbieta Szmytka
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Can't we try to get along? Sophisticated humor.
31 May 2000 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

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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