Guarding Tess

  • 12
  • Hugh Wilson (1994)
  • US
  • 91 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

In this comedy drama, Shirley MacLaine does almost too good a job of playing cantankerous president's widow Tess Carlisle - a former First Lady from hell. MacLaine is so believable in the leading role it's almost too uncomfortable to watch, while Nicolas Cage, as long-suffering Secret Service minder Doug Chesnic, displays a sure comic touch. It's attractively staged by Police Academy director Hugh Wilson and remains entertaining until it finally lurches into melodrama.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama starring Shirley MacLaine and Nicolas Cage. Believing he is finally free of a difficult assignment that has occupied him for the last three years, Secret Service agent Doug Chesnic is dismayed to learn that he has been reassigned to the same case, guarding the cantankerous ex-First Lady, Tess Carlisle.

Cast and crew

Cast

Tess Carlisle
Shirley MacLaine
Doug Chesnic
Nicolas Cage
Earl
Austin Pendleton
Barry Carlisle
Edward Albert
Howard Shaeffer
James Rebhorn
Frederick
Richard Griffiths
Tom Bahlor
John Roselius
Lee Danielson
David Graf
Ralph Buoncristiani
Don Yesso
Joe Spector
James Lally

Crew

Director
Hugh Wilson

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia Tri-Star Films (UK)
Guidance: 
Contains some violence, edited for language.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 12
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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