- 1 hr 35 min
Featuring the talents of Shirley MacLaine and Nicholas Cage, ‘Guarding Tess’ offers a glimpse into the life of a former presidential first lady and the Secret Service agent in charge of her safety and security. MacLaine plays Tess Carlisle, the former first lady whose husband has been deceased for some time. While Cage plays Doug Chesnic, the newly assigned head agent who isn’t aware of exactly what he is in for when it comes to dealing with Tess. Tess Carlisle has developed the reputation for being a bit difficult to work with in the safety department. However, Doug is certain that he can get Tess in line and not have any of the difficulties that his predecessors have dealt with. However, Tess gives her bodyguards a run for their money as she pulls unexpected stunts such as giving the agents the slip and leaving them stranded. Although the local law enforcement, having known Tess for years, finds her escapades amusing, Doug does not. As a by the book type of agent Doug isn’t thrilled by Tess’ lack of regard and respect for his and the other agent’s job in protecting her safety. Although the two seem to react like and oil and water as the film progresses Doug and Tess each begin to develop a respect and even a fondness for each other as they see each other’s strengths and weaknesses. The true test of Doug’s devotion comes when Tess is, in fact, kidnapped by her chauffer. Although it takes time to realize the chauffer’s involvement, Doug realizes what’s going on and forces a confession from the chauffer on where Tess is located. Despite being ridiculed by agents sent to help, Doug and his crew insist on helping to find Tess. After locating her, buried in a box at a farmhouse, Doug and his crew dig and rescue Tess from her prison, cementing the fondness Tess has for Doug and her security staff, shown by her demand that he be well cared for.