Guarding Tess

Synopsis: Doug is a Secret Service Agent who has just completed his stint in charge protecting Tess Carlisle, widow of a former U.S. President, and close personal friend of the President. He finds that she has requested that he not be rotated but instead return to be her permanent detail. Doug is crushed. He wants off her detail. She is very difficult to guard and makes her detail crazy with her whims and demands. Doug returns with no idea of how to continue dealing with her.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Hugh Wilson
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min


I'm going.

I thought I'd say goodbye.

Gentlemen, again, all the best.

Take good care.

Good luck and goodbye.

It's been fun.

Here you go, sir.

- Thank you.

- You're welcome.


I'm here to see

the director of the Secret Service.

Okay. Thanks.

Is there anyplace

where I could put my bags?

Over there.

- Thank you.

- Okay.

Congratulations, Doug. You've done

a terrific job on a tough detail.

Well, thank you, sir.

It wasn't that tough, actually.

Summersville, Ohio, is not exactly

the center of the universe...

of course. But it's

a nice, quiet little place.

Guarding Mrs. Carlisle gave me time to

pick up many hours towards my Master's.

- Oh, great.

- Of course, now I am hoping...

for a little more active assignment,

maybe back in the White House...

or a criminal assignment

out of New York or L.A.


Let's sit over here.

Yes. Sir.


- Yes?

- Coffee.

- Certainly. It'll be just a moment.

- Thanks.

How is she?

What's she like?

Well, there's the public person who's,

you know, adored.

Then there's the private person

who can, at times...

be difficult to deal with if you

don't know how to handle the situation.

- And you did.

- Well, I guess, as well as anybody.

I don't envy my replacement,

I'll tell you that.

I was in her husband's White House,

and I saw her in better times.

She has her good days

and her bad days now.

I guess you could say...

she's several different personalities

in one, like many people.

Well, one of her personalities

called the White House last night...

and ask ed the president to arrange

that you stay with her for another tour.

The president?

I can't go back there.

I can't do three more years there.

I can't do three more minutes there.

It's... It... l...

I mean, it's...

the worst assignment there is

in the service.

Well then, we've got a problem

because the president...

is asking you to return to Mrs. Carlisle

as a personal favor to him.

What if I say no?

I'll call him and tell him,

uh, you said no.

Take a moment to think it over.

I'II check on the coffee.

In New Jersey, ice kept three dolphins

trapped in an inland waterway...

In New Jersey, ice kept three dolphins

trapped in an inland waterway...

Wednesday, frustrating rescuers'

efforts to free the animals...

Where's the Columbus paper?

Who's got it?

Just checking my horoscope.

Frederick, I told you 1,000 times, she

can tell if we've read it before her.


- Morning, Doug.

- Morning.

- What are you doing here?

- Long story.

- Everything okay in Washington, Doug?

- Yeah.

Just back to pick up

your accoutrement?

Speak English.

Back to pick up your shit?

No smoking, Earl.

Why not?

She never comes down here.

It's a rule.

- I am shock ed to see you back here.

- Are ya?

Ja. I thought you'd be guarding

Jackie O. By now...

standing outside the Russian Tea Room

for hour after hour in the snow...

with her inside, having little cakes and

chatting to her fashionable friends.

Here, Frederick.

- I'II do it this morning, Fred.

- Thank you.

Good morning.


Come in.

Douglas, darling.

Yes, ma'am?

You seem to have dropped

some of my things on the floor.

Would you kindly

pick them up for me?

Yes, ma'am.

That's a good boy.

Do I still have any influence in that

evil town, or have they forgotten me?

Ma'am, with all due respect,

why me?

Why, because I like you, Douglas.

And my feelings are a bit hurt...

that anyone would be that anxious

to get away from me.

Well, I certainly don't mean

to hurt your feelings, Mrs. Carlisle...

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Hugh Wilson

Hugh Hamilton Wilson (born August 21, 1943) is an American movie director, writer and TV showrunner. He is best known as the creator of the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati and Frank's Place, and as the director of the popular movie comedies Police Academy and The First Wives Club. more…

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