Guarding Tess

United States, 1994

Film
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Tess Carlisle (Shirley MacLaine) is the widow of a former president of the United States who has become a national treasure. Doug Chesnic (Nicolas Cage) is the secret security agent that is hired to ensure that she stays safe and out of trouble. Doug, accustomed to assignments that involve danger and excitement, dreads his mundane task and he finds Tess patronising, eccentric, rude, demanding and acerbic. Typically within the odd-couple formula, these two adversaries have to reach a truce, which for Doug means trying to maintain his exacting standards despite the unpredictable nature of Tess’ whims. An attempt on Tess’ life and a mystery illness provide narrative developments, but it is mostly the shenanigans and intricacies of the secret service operatives that keep the film interesting. “Guarding Tess” drifts toward melodrama and tends to exude a cloying sentimentality, but it also contains a certain charm due to the performances of Cage and MacLaine. Directed by Hugh Wilson (The First wives club, Dudley do right).

Credits

director
co-producer

Nancy Graham Tanen

Ned Tanen

production company

Channel

Tri-Star Pictures

Duration

01:31:00:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1994

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

50678

Languages

Arabic

Bulgarian

Czech

Danish

Dutch

English

English

English

Finnish

French

French

German

German

Greek

Hebrew

Hindi

Hungarian

Icelandic

Italian

Italian

Norwegian

Polish

Portuguese

Spanish

Spanish

Swedish

Turkish

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Motion picture trailers

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → White House (Washington, D.C.)

Comedy

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Spy films

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Kidnapping

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

Places → White House (Washington, D.C.)

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

DVD; Access Print (Section 1)

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