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Guarding Tess ()


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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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Tess Carlisle
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Doug Chesnic
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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
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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
Stephen S. Chen ...
Jimmy
Katie O'Hare ...
Barbara
Mark Conway ...
Caleb Harrison
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Derrick Hastings
Jane Beard ...
Kidnapper
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Kidnapper
Kelly Williams ...
Mr. Porter
Beverly Brigham ...
Autograph Seeker
Teman Treadway ...
FBI Man
Kyle Duvall ...
FBI Man
Andrew C. Boothby ...
FBI Man
Sharief Paris ...
FBI Man
Gary Glaesser ...
FBI Man
Brian Deenihan ...
Plainclothes Guard
Julie Kurzava ...
Opera Singer
Michael Consoli ...
Opera Singer
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President (voice)
Brenna McDonough ...
Doctor
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Young Doctor
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(as Saige Ophelia Spinney)
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Store Manager (as Gerald Gough)
George Gomes ...
James Carlisle
Bob Child ...
Shaeffer's Assistant
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Crew Member
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Hairdresser
Maggie Linton ...
Carlo's Secretary
Jim Hild ...
Helicopter Doctor
Will Bellais ...
Major Domo
Matilde Valera ...
Yvonne Hernandez
Marie McKenzie ...
Nurse
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Helicopter Pilot (as Al Cerullo Jr.)
Michael Echols ...
Orderly (as Michael A. Echols)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Ahl ...
Businessman (uncredited)
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Store Customer (uncredited)
Mark Norris ...
FBI Agent (uncredited)
Mike Rademaekers ...
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Carolyn Rawleigh ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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Sheriff Janson (uncredited)

Directed by

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Hugh Wilson

Written by

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Hugh Wilson ... (written by) &
Pj Torokvei ... (written by)

Produced by

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Jonathan Filley ... associate producer
Nancy Graham Tanen ... producer
Ned Tanen ... producer

Music by

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Michael Convertino

Cinematography by

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Brian J. Reynolds ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Sidney Levin

Editorial Department

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Nancy Frazen ... assistant film editor
David Orr ... color timer
Joseph Jett Sally ... apprentice film editor
Rick Sparr ... first assistant film editor
Gabriel Wrye ... assistant film editor

Casting By

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Aleta Chappelle

Production Design by

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Peter S. Larkin ... (as Peter Larkin)

Art Direction by

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Charley Beal

Set Decoration by

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Leslie E. Rollins ... (as Leslie Rollins)

Costume Design by

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Sue Gandy
Ann Roth

Makeup Department

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Colleen Callaghan ... hair stylist
Selena Evans-Miller ... makeup artist (as Selena Miller) / makeup artist
Vera Mitchell ... key hair stylist
Allen Weisinger ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Jonathan Filley ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Henry Bronchtein ... first assistant director
Michael DeCasper ... second second assistant director
Stuart Feldman ... dga trainee
Michele 'Shelley' Ziegler ... second assistant director (as Michele Ziegler)

Art Department

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Kathi Ash ... art department researcher
David Beach ... construction foreman
Paul Bowman ... set dresser
Joseph Timothy Conway ... assistant property master (as Joseph Conway)
Michael Davis ... construction coordinator
Jay Klein ... leadman
Ray Mercer Jr. ... property master (as Ray Mercer)
Stanley Pasay ... standby scenic artist
Nadia Saah ... assistant set decorator
Thomas H.E. Scruggs ... set dresser (as Tom Scruggs)
Arthur Shippee ... assistant property master (as Arthur Shippee Jr.)
Keith Weaver ... chargeman scenic artist
Elizabeth Weber ... set dresser
Joshua A. Burwell ... greensman (uncredited)
Randy G. Herbert ... carpenter (uncredited)
Julia G. Hickman ... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Ted Lubonovich II ... propmaker (uncredited)
Silvija L. Moess ... key greensman (uncredited) / scenic artist (uncredited)
Mick Rossman ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Michael Sabo ... set dresser (uncredited)
Richard Salinas ... set dresser (uncredited)
Joan Winters ... graphic designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Randle Akerson ... sound editor
James Ashwill ... foley mixer (as Jim Ashwill)
Harry Cheney ... sound editor
Virginia Cook-McGowan ... sound editor
Carlos Delarios ... re-recording mixer (as Carlos de Larios)
Jack Dronsky ... assistant sound editor
Linda Folk ... supervising adr editor
Nerses Gezalyan ... foley recordist
Gary A. Hecker ... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
David L. Horton Jr. ... supervising foley editor
Bruce Lacey ... sound editor
Catt LeBaigue ... sound editor
Mark L. Mangino ... sound editor (as Mark Mangino)
Dan O'Connell ... foley artist
James Sabat ... sound mixer
Louis Sabat ... boom operator
Victoria Rose Sampson ... supervising sound editor
B. Tennyson Sebastian II ... re-recording mixer
Gregory H. Watkins ... re-recording mixer
Christopher S. Aud ... sound editor (uncredited)
Clayton Collins ... sound editor (uncredited)
Fred Peck III ... foley recordist (uncredited)
Randy Singer ... foley mixer (uncredited)
Steven Ticknor ... sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Connie Brink ... special effects
Douglas Retzler ... special effects

Stunts

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Don Hewitt ... stunts
Jery Hewitt ... stunt coordinator / stunts
Chuck Jeffreys ... stunts (as Chuck Jeffries)
Sean Kelly ... stunts
Gregg Smrz ... stunts (as Greg Smrz)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Rhett Bloomquist ... grip
Ralph Brandofino ... additional first assistant camera
William Coleman ... additional camera operator
Stephen Crawford ... chief lighting technician
Glenn DiVincenzo ... steadicam
Edwin Effrein ... second assistant camera
Kerry Hayes ... still photographer
Bob Ivener ... key grip
Richard C. Kratina ... additional camera operator (as Dick Kratina)
Lauren Loughlin ... additional second assistant camera
Gary Muller ... first assistant camera
Erich Roland ... camera operator
Lee Shapira ... best boy grip
Douglas W. Smith ... generator operator
Donald Sweeney ... aerial photographer (as Don Sweeney)
Chris Walters ... electrical best boy
C. Douglas Cameron ... video assist operator (uncredited)
Rodney French ... grip (uncredited)
Richard H. Kryder ... lamp operator (uncredited)
Thomas Loizeaux ... camera operator (uncredited)
Eric Martin ... grip (uncredited)
John Scanlan ... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Rick Strodel ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Dennis Gallegos ... additional casting (uncredited)
Ann Wilkinson ... additional casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kate Edwards ... costumer
Donna Maloney ... costume supervisor: women
Benjamin Wilson ... costume supervisor: men
Deb Dalton ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Charley Armstrong ... assistant location manager
Walter S. Hall ... location manager
Lynne Hall-Quinn ... assistant location manager (as Lynne Hall Quinn)
David Christopher Johnson ... location production assistant (as Christopher Kelley Snow)
Holly Lanahan ... location coordinator
David Christopher Johnson ... location production assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

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Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist
John Neufeld ... orchestrator
Maria Newman ... musician
Dennis S. Sands ... music scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands)
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn
Kenneth Wannberg ... music editor
Sandy DeCrescent ... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Tomás Hradcky ... music element creator (uncredited)
Stan Jones ... music editor: temp (uncredited)
Bobby Muzingo ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Pope ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Ronald Smith ... transportation captain
Foard J. Wilgis ... transportation coordinator (as Foard Wilgis)
Charles E. Bauer ... driver (uncredited)
Michael Luckeroth ... driver (uncredited)
Douglas A. Walk ... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)

Other crew

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Alexis Alexanian ... production office coordinator
Mara Hade Connolly ... assistant accountant (as Mara Hade)
Liz Dykhouse ... payroll accountant
Frank Foster ... title designer
Sarah Frank ... production assistant
Ellen Gannon ... production secretary
Jennifer Gardner ... production assistant (as Jenni Gardner)
Robert Sexson Garth ... production assistant (as Robert Garth)
Elizabeth Holder ... production assistant
David Christopher Johnson ... key location pa (as Christopher Kelley Snow)
Mary Ann Kellogg ... choreographer
Mary A. Kelly ... script supervisor
Amy Lauritsen ... production assistant
Heather McQuarrie ... assistant: Mr. Wilson (as Heather Neely)
Judith Rheiner ... unit publicist
Matilde Valera ... production accountant (as Matilde P. Valera)
Dale Dye ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Scott A. Green ... projectionist: dailies (uncredited)
Janet Pett Davies ... assistant to producers (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A comedy beyond the call of duty. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Un ange gardien pour Tess (France)
  • Tess und ihr Bodyguard (Germany)
  • Tess y su guardaespaldas (Spain)
  • Az öreg hölgy és a testőr (Hungary)
  • Čuvajući Tesu (Serbia)
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Runtime
  • 96 min
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Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The voice of the president was provided by writer and director, Hugh Wilson. See more »
Goofs Frederick sarcastically expresses surprise to Doug that he isn't standing outside The Russian Tea Room as part of Jacqueline Kennedy's Secret Service detail. Kennedy forfeited her Secret Service privileges when she remarried. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Angie/China Moon/Greedy/Sirens/The Chase (1994). See more »
Soundtracks Madamina Il Catologo e Questro 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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