Guarding Tess
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Guarding Tess

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Director: Hugh Wilson, Shirley MacLaine, Nicolas Cage, Austin Pendleton

Cast: Hugh Wilson, Shirley MacLaine, Nicolas Cage, Austin Pendleton

     
 
Hugh Wilson directs Nicolas Cage and Shirley MacLaine in the comedy Guarding Tess, which comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while English, Spanish, and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital

Overview

Hugh Wilson directs Nicolas Cage and Shirley MacLaine in the comedy Guarding Tess, which comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while English, Spanish, and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This is a fine release from Columbia/TriStar that boasts excellent sound and picture quality.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Although director Hugh Wilson's television background is sometimes overly evident in this comedy that plays too much like the feature-length pilot for a sitcom series, the film is a satisfying story told with some welcome craftsmanship and featuring two solid lead performances. Although he misfires at least as often as he succeeds, Nicolas Cage is a bold actor who doesn't mind taking creative chances, so it's a delightful surprise that he plays his Secret Service agent character with the mix of frustration and ramrod-straight uptightness called for by the script. His silent rages are among the film's best scenes. Similarly, his co-star Shirley MacLaine has been known to go a bit overboard with her brassy crab routine, but she's note-perfect here as the depressed, tart-tongued widow tormenting her staff and suffering in silence from depression and a secret illness. Both actors ground a story in reality that is well conceived and tightly structured but occasionally wanders into credulity-straining territory. Its setting is less grand but Guarding Tess (1994) makes a nice cinematic companion piece to two other cheerful, politics-centered comedies of the mid-decade: Dave (1993) and The American President (1995).

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/1998
UPC:
0043396787094
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
2,282

Special Features

Languages: English [two-channel and 5.1 Dolby Digital], Spanish, French; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; Theatrical trailer; Scene selections; Full-screen and widescreen formats

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shirley MacLaine Tess Carlisle
Nicolas Cage Doug Chesnic
Austin Pendleton Earl Fowler
Edward Albert Barry Carlisle
James Rebhorn Howard Shaeffer
Richard Griffiths Frederick
John Roselius Tom Bahlor
David Graf Lee Danielson
Dale Dye Charles Ivy
James Handy Neal Carlo
Susan Blommaert Kimberly Cannon
Aleta Helena Chappelle Actor
Don Yesso Ralph Buoncristiani
James Lally Joe Spector
Brant Van Hoffman Bob Hutcherson
Harry J. Lennix Kenny Young
Katie O'Hare Barbara
Michael Gabel Kidnapper
Hugh Wilson The President
John Louis Fischer Crew Member
Diana Sowle Hairdresser
Al Cerullo Helicopter Pilot

Technical Credits
Hugh Wilson Director,Screenwriter
Charley Beal Art Director
Connie Brink Special Effects
Henry Bronchtein Asst. Director
Aleta Helena Chappelle Casting
Michael Convertino Score Composer
Martin Elfand Producer
Jonathan Filley Associate Producer
Sue Gandy Costumes/Costume Designer
Chuck Jeffreys Stunts
Peter Larkin Production Designer
Sid Levin Editor
Brian Reynolds Cinematographer
Leslie Rollins Set Decoration/Design
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Ned Tanen Producer
Nancy Graham Tanen Producer
Peter Torokvei Screenwriter
Allen Weisinger Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [7:12]
2. Another Tour Begins [5:42]
3. Where The Action Is [1:28]
4. Emergency Alarm [1:25]
5. Golf [2:13]
6. By The Book [:57]
7. At The Diner [2:47]
8. Preparing For Mozart [4:28]
9. A Night At The Opera [5:19]
10. Ranking First Ladies [1:10]
11. "She Took Off!" [2:58]
12. A Chat With Earl [:52]
13. Letting Doug Go [3:25]
14. A Call From AFO [1:27]
15. Outside The House [1:38]
16. Heading West; Brain Scan [5:12]
17. Memories [3:20]
18. Highball With Doug [3:41]
19. All Is Forgiven [:35]
20. Planning The Visit [2:06]
21. Known Today? [1:24]
22. Fax From Washington [4:27]
23. Down By The Lake [3:44]
24. Washington Arrives [12:03]
25. Interrogation [2:15]
26. At The Farmhouse [1:35]
27. Digging Tess [6:37]
28. "Get In The Chair!" [5:12]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [7:12]
2. Another Tour Begins [5:42]
3. Where The Action Is [1:28]
4. Emergency Alarm [1:25]
5. Golf [2:13]
6. By The Book [:57]
7. At The Diner [2:47]
8. Preparing For Mozart [4:28]
9. A Night At The Opera [5:19]
10. Ranking First Ladies [1:10]
11. "She Took Off!" [2:58]
12. A Chat With Earl [:52]
13. Letting Doug Go [3:25]
14. A Call From AFO [1:27]
15. Outside The House [1:38]
16. Heading West; Brain Scan [5:12]
17. Memories [3:20]
18. Highball With Doug [3:41]
19. All Is Forgiven [:35]
20. Planning The Visit [2:06]
21. Known Today? [1:24]
22. Fax From Washington [4:27]
23. Down By The Lake [3:44]
24. Washington Arrives [12:03]
25. Interrogation [2:15]
26. At The Farmhouse [1:35]
27. Digging Tess [6:37]
28. "Get In The Chair!" [5:12]

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