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Guarding Tess [DVD]

Shirley MacLaine , Nicolas Cage , Dale Dye    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shirley MacLaine, Nicolas Cage, Richard Griffiths, Edward Albert, Austin Pendleton
  • Directors: Dale Dye
  • Producers: Michael Convertino, Ned Tenan
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QGO3HI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,679 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Nicolas Cage stars in this drama-comedy about a Secret Service agent unable to get out of his assignment watching over an exasperating former first lady (Shirley MacLaine). The two get along like oil and water, but when MacLaine's bored widow ends up kidnapped, Cage's agent becomes a determined avenger. While the pairing of these two actors in a movie isn't something most audiences would ever have considered, that's what makes it so much fun. Cage and MacLaine are brilliantly focused in their respective parts, and film-maker Hugh Wilson brings an unusually solid and urgent feeling to a story that might have become a dismissible light comedy in another director's hands. --Tom Keogh

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Former First Lady Tess Carlisle (Shirley Maclaine) is less than happy to have her privacy invaded by a personal bodyguard. Plus the man appointed to the job, Doug Chesnic (Nicolas Cage), would rather be in the thick of the action than looking after a cantankerous old lady in a dingy Ohio backwater. However, after some initial friction the mismatched pair begin to forge a bond of friendship and humour despite their differences.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Movie 6 Oct 2007
This is the first time that I thought a movie was not worth seeing and waited until now. This time I will admit I made a mistake. This movie was fun to watch. It is well written and the interactions of the two main actors show a great chemistry.

Nicolas Cage plays the Special Agent in Charge of the Secret Service detail guarding a former First Lady. The First Lady is played well my Shirley MacLaine. The agent feels he is wasted in such a detail and wants desperately to get back on detail to the White House...and the First Lady wants him to stay. The two seem to thrive on confrontation with each other. She does her best to break every procedure the Secret Service is supposed to follow.

If you pay attention in the movie you will see why the First Lady actually loves the agent so much and wants him with her. And I think the picture shows us a very accurate relationship that occurs between agent and his protectee. Though it could be seen as a comedy; there is a just enough drama and a mystery which Cage character solves. A very well directed with perfect pace and timing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nic at his best 21 April 2004
By far one of the best films that Cage has turned out. A year before his oscar winning film 'Leaving Las Vegas' Cage appears to be so at ease you wouldnt be surprised if he canned this one yesterday. Fun, witty, fast paced and at times deeply moving. All the acting is sharp, even that from the director who plays the slighty erractic phone president (you never see him, but is posibly one of the funniest characters in the film). All the fun culminates to a exeptionally emotive finalle which will give you 'that warm feeling'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars neil hunt 15 Feb 2003
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Guarding Tess a must film to see for any Nicolas Cage fan. Nicolas Cage is at his best,playing a secret service agent who has to guard an ex presidents wife that he dos'nt want to. Shirley Maclaine plays the ex presidents wife who always wants things done her way.It's abit like the odd couple at times.I liked the way she went off on her own just to spite him and how he alway got introuble with president when he stopped her from doing her own thing.It was good to see them get on in the end after the kidnaping and how they became close. I have seen this film over and over again and still find something new to see in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Guarding Tess 9 Jan 2009
By Aquinas
A hugely enjoyable film about the relationship between an ambitious, but decent CIA operative (Nicholas Cage) and his impossible, but lonely ward (Shirley MacLaine). A solid effort from Cage, but outclassed by MacLaine's understated, but masterful performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amust see Shirely MacLaine Film. 7 July 2014
Brilliantly entertaining and Shirley MacLaine is outstanding as the irascible Tess. I have seen the film and watched the DVD twice. What more can I say.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant service. 21 April 2014
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The delivery was as stated and arrived in time stated. This film is brilliant, very enjoyable and one to watch over and over. The acting is as one would expect from these brilliant actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great Movie 17 Jan 2014
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I loved this movie. The plot is improbable but very entertaining, The acting was very well done. It was worthwhile watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GUARDING TESS 15 Jan 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guarding Tess DVD
This is a lovely film, with witty humour and an unexpected ending. Not the usual run-of-the-mill FBI action adventure, and shows an understated side of that organisation.
Published 6 months ago by valerie sumner
5.0 out of 5 stars another first rate film with a real story
keeps your interest from start to finish. No sex and the final ending the best of the best Unforgettable performances
Published 9 months ago by mr. edgar smith
5.0 out of 5 stars great comedy
A good all round comedy - a great favorite and suitable for all ages. The acting, plot and scenery is wonderful.
Published 9 months ago by anona mullan
3.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Nicholas cage and Shirley Maclaine totall miscast in a boring film about a former first lady and all her attendants still guarding her.
Boring boring boring. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Malolm Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars a really good story and no unnecessary sex or violence
shirley maclaine is really good at playing the grand-dame who doesn't suffer fools and makes life difficult for those around her - and nicholas cage is a strong enough actor to... Read more
Published 16 months ago by aliash
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I love all the films that I've bought, I know what I like and what I don't. No problems at all.
Published 17 months ago by muddy paws
2.0 out of 5 stars unwatchable
Great story, great acting but whoever produced the film made it unwatchable because of the incredibly loud constant 'background' music. Read more
Published 17 months ago by pause
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as Christmas Gift
I have never seen this film i bought it as a gift. However I will give 5 stars becasue my mam will love it
Published 18 months ago by christopher james jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Replace an old Video
I love this movie, Shirley nMaclean is magic, have never been a Nicholas Cage fan, but even he is good in this one. A light-hearted movie that makes you smile.
Published 22 months ago by Mrs. J. Stark
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