Guarding Tess (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

Guarding Tess (1994)



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Hugh Wilson and Peter Torokvei wrote this comic tale of a former First Lady, now widowed, whose cantankerous and demanding behavior proves too much for her Secret Service bodyguard.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Hugh Wilson, Pj Torokvei, Peter Torokvei
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 14, 1998
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Shirley MacLaine
as Tess Carlisle
Nicolas Cage
as Doug Chesnic
Edward Albert
as Barry Carlisle
James Rebhorn
as Howard Shaeffer
John Roselius
as Tom Bahler
David Graf
as Lee Danielson
Don Yesso
as Ralph Buoncristiani
James Lally
as Joe Spector
Brant von Hoffman
as Bob Hutcherson
Harry Lennix
as Kenny Young
Susan Blommaert
as Kimberly Cannon
Dale Dye
as Charles Ivy
James Handy
as Neal Carlo
Brant Van Hoffman
as Bob Hutcherson
Katie O'Hare
as Barbara
Hugh Wilson
as The President
Mark Conway
as Caleb Harrison
David L. King
as Derrick Hastings
Jane Beard
as Kidnapper
Michael Gabel
as Kidnapper
Kelly Williams
as Mr. Porter
Beverly Brigham
as Autograph Seeker
Kyle Duvall
as FBI Man
Brian Deenihan
as Plainclothes Guard
Julie Kurzava
as Opera Singer
Michael Consoli
as Opera Singer
Saige Spinney
as Waitress
Gerald F. Gough
as Store Manager
George Gomes
as James Carlisle
Bob Child
as Shaeffer's Assistant
John Louis Fischer
as Crew Member
Diana Sowle
as Hairdresser
Maggie Linton
as Carlo's Secretary
Jim Hild
as Helicopter Doctor
Will Bellais
as Major Domo
Matilde Valera
as Yvonne Hernandez
Al Cerullo
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Guarding Tess

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (9)

The film is indeed likable. But director Hugh Wilson, who co-wrote the script with Peter Torokvei, just skims the surface of potentially rich territory.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
Top Critic

Cage is on best behaviour here, but he's not an especially sympathetic performer.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Cage, once again sounding mock-suave and Elvisy, makes the most of his character's fragile cool.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Like the role itself, Cage is clearly in service here to a fabled but fading star, and he seldom slips on that second banana.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

There are a few good jokes, some solid chemistry between the leads, and a little pathos, but it all doesn't add up to very much.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

What counts is the comic tension between MacLaine and Cage. It's so well done, it doesn't matter how dumb things get.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Guarding Tess


The premise of the movie (differing opinions between a headstrong political widow and her secret service agents) is good. But the movie struggles in the details - especially in last scenes of the movie.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Guarding Tess is such a Funny movie. A old lady driving a young man Nuts. lol

Wahida K

Super Reviewer



Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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