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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.

Director:

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 voice of the president was provided by writer and director, Hugh Wilson. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Connections

References Gigi (1958) See more »

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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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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