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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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Professor Ruzinsky
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Father Halliran
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Robed Figure
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Gerde Engstrom
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Jennifer
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Michael Dayton
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Sandra
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James Brenner
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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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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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Michael Winner says in his memoirs he wanted Martin Sheen to play the male lead but the studio vetoed this saying he was a TV name. See more »

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When ghostly neighbor Malcolm Stinnett's face begins to spontaneously bleed during the film's climax, the tube pumping the blood under the forehead appliance is visible on the top of his head. See more »

Quotes

Michael Lerman: Look at this. William O'Rourke. Father Halliran? William O'Rourke, disappeared July 12, 1952 after attempted suicide.
Perry: They're the same man. William O'Rourke became a priest named Halliran.
Michael Lerman: Yes, but why?
Perry: I just open doors.
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Truly Unique!!!
3 January 2006 | by (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

Of all the movies of the seventies, none captured to truest essence of the good versus evil battle as did the Sentinel. I mean, yes, there were movies like the Exorcist, and other ones; but none of them captured the human element of the protagonist like this one. If you have time, check this one out. You may not be able to get past the dated devices as such, but this is a story worth getting into.Then there are all the stars and soon-to-be stars. My absolute favorites were Eli Wallach, Sylvia Miles, and Burgess Meredith. Then there are the subtle clues that lead to what's going on too. Pay close attention. I had to watch it four times to catch on to all the smaller weird statements like 'black and white cat, black and white cake'. Plus, the books are really good as well. I'm just sorry that they're not going to turn the second book into a film. It's so scary that it would outdo this movie.


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