Guarding Tess

Guarding Tess

Hugh Wilson (1994)

12 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A bodyguard who has spent three years protecting a temperamental former first lady is desperate to leave his job, finding her impossible to get on with. However, she does not feel safe with anyone else and tries to ensure his assignment is permanent. Comedy drama, starring Nicolas Cage and Shirley MacLaine.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Hugh Wilson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Tri-Star Films (UK)Guidance: Contains some violence, edited for language.Available on: video and DVD
Drama Comedy