Guarding Tess

Guarding Tess is a 1994 movie starring Shirley MacLaine and Nicolas Cage. MacLaine plays the part of fictional former First Lady Tess Carlisle who has a difficult personality. She is protected by an entourage of Secret Service bodyguards led by a reluctant Doug Chesnic (Cage). Tess' entire staff dislike her whims and demands. Chesnic desperately wants a transfer to another assignment which Carlisle repeatedly blocks. This dislike is transformed however when Carlisle gets kidnapped and Chesnic and his team try their best to save her.

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

Plot summary

Doug Chesnic is a Secret Service agent who takes great pride in his job, performing in his duties with the utmost professionalism and always minding the details. However, his assignment for the last three years has been a severe test of his patience; Tess Carlisle is the widow of a former U.S. President who is well-known for her diplomatic and philanthropic work, and Doug has been in charge of her security force. But Tess tends to regard Doug less as a security officer and more of a domestic servant, like her chauffeur Earl or her nurse Frederick.

While Doug regards it as beneath his professional dignity to perform little chores around the house or bring Tess her breakfast in bed, 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, and should he argue his point too strongly, Tess will contact her close friend, the President of the United States, and ask him to give Doug a severe dressing down. So when Doug's three year hitch with Tess comes to an end, he asks to be given a more exciting and challenging assignment. However, Tess has other ideas; she's decided that she likes working with Doug, and she demands that his assignment be made permanent.



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