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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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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)

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 | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Tess Carlisle: [implying Bob should called Doug, while in the canned goods aisle in the supermarket] It's got no price at all.
Bob Hutcherson: [over the radio] Yes ma'am. Uh, Doug, this is Bobby in canned goods, are you anywhere near the manager? I need a price check on Lesieur baby peas, repeat, Lesieur baby peas.
Doug Chesnic: Lesieur baby peas.
Store Manager: They're on special today, two for .59.
Doug Chesnic: [over the radio] They're on special today, two for .59.
Bob Hutcherson: [over the radio] Uh, copy that, it's two for .59.
Tess Carlisle: But I only want one.
Bob Hutcherson: Uh, roger that, Doug, but she ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Tosh.0: Phil Davison (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Overture
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Wiener Symphoniker, Bruno Weil
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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