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The Sentinel (1977)

Not ready for marriage, a fashion model moves into an unbelievably nice Brooklyn Heights apartment, where scary occurrences turn into a much more frightening turn of events.

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Father Halliran
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Robed Figure
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James Brenner
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Storyline

A fashion model moves into a house inhabited (on the top floor) by a blind priest. She begins having strange physical problems, has trouble sleeping at night, and has some nasty flashbacks of her attempted suicide. She complains to the real estate agent of the noise caused by her strange neighbors, but finds out that the house is only occupied by the priest and herself, and ultimately discovers that she has been put in the house for a reason. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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There Must Forever Be A Guardian At The Gate From Hell... See more »

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12 May 1977 (West Germany)  »

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Centinela de los malditos  »

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$3,700,000 (estimated)
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Jeff Goldblum was dubbed in all but one scene. See more »

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When Allison stabs her father's ghost in the eye, the close-up of the knife cutting through the fake head's eye socket reveals the seams of the replaceable make-up appliance that made re-takes of this effect possible. See more »

Quotes

Det. Gatz: Well, well, well. You have an ill effect on your women, Mr. Lerman.
Michael Lerman: This isn't police business.
Det. Gatz: A girl running through the streets at 4:00 a.m. saying she's knifed her father, blood on her... that's police business.
Michael Lerman: You know the girl, Gatz. You know how she is.
Det. Gatz: I haven't seen her, not since your wife Karen's... "suicide".
Michael Lerman: Don't get in too deep.
Det. Gatz: [sarcastic] Closed, closed. closed. The case is closed.
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See this movie on Halloween......
19 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No, this is not a great movie. But I give the casting director extra stars for the cast, Ava Gardner, Eli Wallach, Chris Sarandon, John Carradine, Burgess Meredith, a very young Christopher Walken (he was quite handsome then), Beverly D'Ángelo, and Jerry Orbach, among others.

The film quality of the 70's adds that special touch, the chrome, shag rugs and gaudy artwork. The apartment Cristina Raines rents for $400.00 per month would probably cost $7000.00 now, so it is fun to see Brooklyn Heights, and days when New York was a little cleaner, filmed during the turbulent 70's when we had Son of Sam, movies like the Exorcist, Amityville Horror, Helter Skelter, and the like.

I am not sure if this is a pro-Catholic film, as one reviewer said. The church is certainly portrayed as Cristina Raines' only salvation; I will have to read the book to see if that is the case.

At any rate, you will enjoy parts of this movie. Beverly D'Angelo is quite strange, Cristina Raines is believable, the scary scenes are a little weird, but if you are up for it, this is an okay movie.


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