Guarding Tess

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Guarding Tess

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Directed byHugh Wilson
Produced byNed Tanen
Nancy Graham Tanen
Written byHugh Wilson
Peter Torokvei
StarringShirley MacLaine
Nicolas Cage
Austin Pendleton
Edward Albert
James Rebhorn
Richard Griffiths
Music byMichael Convertino
CinematographyBrian J. Reynolds
Editing bySidney Levin
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release date(s)March 11, 1994 (1994-03-11)
Running time95 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$20 million
Box office$27,058,304
 
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Guarding Tess

Original poster
Directed byHugh Wilson
Produced byNed Tanen
Nancy Graham Tanen
Written byHugh Wilson
Peter Torokvei
StarringShirley MacLaine
Nicolas Cage
Austin Pendleton
Edward Albert
James Rebhorn
Richard Griffiths
Music byMichael Convertino
CinematographyBrian J. Reynolds
Editing bySidney Levin
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release date(s)March 11, 1994 (1994-03-11)
Running time95 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$20 million
Box office$27,058,304

Guarding Tess is a 1994 film starring Shirley MacLaine and Nicolas Cage, directed by Hugh Wilson.

MacLaine plays the part of a fictional former First Lady protected by an entourage of Secret Service bodyguards led by a reluctant Doug Chesnic (Cage).

The movie was filmed in Parkton, Maryland,[1] and nominated for a Golden Globe award in 1995 (Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical: Shirley MacLaine).

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Doug Chesnic (Nicolas Cage) is a Secret Service agent who takes great pride in his job, performing his duties with the utmost professionalism. However, his assignment for the last three years has been a severe test of his patience. Doug leads the team stationed in Ohio who protects Tess Carlisle (Shirley MacLaine), the widow of a former U.S. President, and who is well known for her diplomatic and philanthropic work, but Tess tends to regard Doug less as a security officer and more of a domestic servant, like her chauffeur, Earl (Austin Pendleton), or her nurse, Frederick (Richard Griffiths).

Doug regards it as beneath his professional dignity to perform little chores around the house or bring Tess her breakfast in bed, but she orders him to do so, and he's in no position to say no. Sometimes, Tess even refuses to obey Doug's security instructions, eluding her own bodyguards, and anytime Doug argues with her, she contacts a close friend – the current President of the United States – to inform him of her displeasure.

Doug's three-year hitch with Tess comes to an end, so he asks to be given a more exciting and challenging assignment. Tess has other ideas; she's decided that she likes working with Doug and demands that his assignment be made permanent. Doug does eventually get the excitement he craved, but in a way he could not foresee, when Tess gets kidnapped. Doug suspects Earl of being involved in the abduction and confronts him in his hospital room, where he claims he was rendered unconscious by the abductors. Doug threatens to shoot off Earl's toes, one by one, until he confesses his involvement and tells Doug and an FBI agent where Mrs. Carlisle is being held. Doug shoots Earl in the toe[2] and, before he can shoot again, Earl confesses his role and tells Doug that Mrs. Carlisle is being held captive by Earl's sister and her husband.

The FBI and the Secret Service arrive at the location indicated by Earl, arrest the two kidnappers, and find Mrs. Carlisle buried, but alive, beneath the floor of the farmhouse. Mrs. Carlisle insists that her Secret Service detail accompany her to the hospital, forcing several high-ranking law enforcement officials to leave the rescue helicopter. Mrs. Carlisle is released from the hospital, but refuses to obey the hospital rule that patients must be discharged in a wheelchair. Doug tells her "Tess, get in the goddamn chair" and, after a brief pause, Tess complies, pats Doug's hand and says "Very good, Douglas."

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