• Guarding Tess (1994)

Guarding Tess

Release Date: May 1st, 1994

DVD Release Date: April 15th, 1998

PG-13 |1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary

Doug Chesnic (Nicolas Cage), an agent with the Secret Service Uniformed Division, is assigned to protect former first lady Tess Carlisle (Shirley MacLaine). Chesnic finds the job demeaning and a challenge because of Tess' high-maintenance personality and petty demands. He's desperate to get another assignment, but she insists that he remain head of her security detail, using her influence with the current president to get her way. When she's kidnapped, however, Chesnic's feelings change.

Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Nicolas Cage, Austin Pendleton, Edward Albert, James Rebhorn, Richard Griffiths, John Roselius, David Graf

Director: Hugh Wilson

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: TriStar Pictures

Keywords: Playful, Rescue, Amusing, 1990s, Sacrifice

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Susan WloszczynaUSA Today

    Director Hugh Wilson and co-writer Peter Torokvei allow this Driving Miss Daisy with attitude to fully steep, like a cup of fine tea spiked with lemon. [11Mar1994 Pg. 01.D]

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    MacLaine and Cage are really very good here. show more

  • 75
    TV Guide Magazine

    In its small way, however, it succeeds, thanks to director Hugh Wilson's light touch and the chemistry between leads Shirley MacLaine and Nicolas Cage. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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