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Release Date:
12 May 1977 (West Germany) See more »
She was young. She was beautiful. She was next! See more »
Not ready for marriage, a fashion model moves into an unbelievably cheap Brooklyn Heights apartment, where weird occurrences turn into a much more frightening turn of events. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Although Underrated by IMDb User Rating, 'The Sentinel' Is One of the Best Horror Movies Ever See more (124 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Chris Sarandon ... Michael Lerman

Cristina Raines ... Alison Parker

Martin Balsam ... Professor Ruzinsky

John Carradine ... Father Halliran

José Ferrer ... Robed Figure

Ava Gardner ... Miss Logan

Arthur Kennedy ... Monsignor Franchino

Burgess Meredith ... Charles Chazen

Sylvia Miles ... Gerde Engstrom

Deborah Raffin ... Jennifer

Eli Wallach ... Detective Gatz

Christopher Walken ... Detective Rizzo

Jerry Orbach ... Michael Dayton

Beverly D'Angelo ... Sandra

Hank Garrett ... James Brenner

Robert Gerringer ... Hart

Nana Visitor ... Girl at end (as Nana Tucker)

Tom Berenger ... Man at end

William Hickey ... Perry
Gary Allen ... Malcolm Stinnett

Tresa Hughes ... Rebecca Stinnett
Kate Harrington ... Anna Clark
Jane Hoffman ... Lilian Clotkin
Elaine Shore ... Emma Clotkin
Sam Gray ... Dr. Aureton

Reid Shelton ... Priest

Fred Stuthman ... Mr. Parker
Lucie Lancaster ... Mary Parker
Anthony Holland ... Party host

Jeff Goldblum ... Jack
Zane Lasky ... Raymond
Mady Kaplan ... Alice Marshak (student) (as Mady Heflin)
Diane Stilwell ... Brenner's secretary (as Diane Stillwell)

Ron McLarty ... Real estate agent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Esther Blackmon ... Demon (uncredited)

Richard Dreyfuss ... Man on sidewalk talking to girl in red sweater (uncredited)
Joe Hamer ... Detective (uncredited)

Ronald Hunter ... Assistant to Michael Dayton (uncredited)

Charles Kimbrough ... Hospital doctor (uncredited)
Bob Melvin ... Background scary person (uncredited)

Vicki Michelle ... Girl on TV (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Winner 
Writing credits
Jeffrey Konvitz (novel)

Michael Winner (screenplay)

Jeffrey Konvitz  screenplay

Produced by
Jeffrey Konvitz .... producer
Michael Winner .... producer
Original Music by
Gil Melle  (as Gil Mellé)
Cinematography by
Richard C. Kratina (director of photography) (as Dick Kratina)
Film Editing by
Bernard Gribble 
Terry Rawlings  (as Terence Rawlings)
Casting by
Cis Corman 
Production Design by
Philip Rosenberg 
Set Decoration by
Edward Stewart 
Costume Design by
Peggy Farrell 
Makeup Department
William A. Farley .... hair stylist
Robert Laden .... special makeup artist (as Bob Laden)
Dick Smith .... special makeup
Michael R. Thomas .... makeup artist: J. Carradine (uncredited)
Production Management
Robert Grand .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Larry Y. Albucher .... second assistant director
Charles Okun .... assistant director
Ralph S. Singleton .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Russ Hill .... dialogue editor
Les Lazarowitz .... sound recordist
Teddy Mason .... sound editor (as Ted Mason)
Edward McQueen-Mason .... sound editor
Hugh Strain .... sound re-recordist
Special Effects by
Tony Parmelee .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects
Henry Schoessler .... matte crew (uncredited)
Diane Peterson .... stunts (uncredited)
James Winburn .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Di Pasquale .... first assistant camera
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera
Warren Rothenberger .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Dan Blake .... music editor
Other crew
B.J. Bjorkman .... script supervisor
Steve Hancock .... projectionist (uncredited)

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92 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Finland:K-18 (1986) (cut) (self applied) | Finland:(Banned) (1977) (uncut) | France:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:16 (cut) | Portugal:M/16 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | UK:18 (video) | USA:R (certificate #24707) | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: When Michael's delivers his ghostly monologue to Allison and his face begins to split open, the monofilament wires that are being pulled from off-camera to create the cracks in his face are visible. Also, actor Chris Sarandon blinks as if startled when the wires are pulled on.See more »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »


Were those really Human Oddities (Freaks) in the climax?
Was Cristina Raines actually a fashion model?
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75 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
Although Underrated by IMDb User Rating, 'The Sentinel' Is One of the Best Horror Movies Ever, 4 August 2004
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Alison Parker (Cristina Raines) is a successful top model, living with the lawyer Michael Lerman (Chris Sarandon) in his apartment. She tried to commit suicide twice in the past: the first time, when she was a teenager and saw her father cheating her mother with two women in her home, and then when Michael's wife died. Since then, she left Christ and the Catholic Church behind. Alison wants to live alone in her own apartment and with the help of the real state agent Miss Logan (Ava Gardner), she finds a wonderful furnished old apartment in Brooklyn Heights for a reasonable rental. She sees a weird man in the window in the last floor of the building, and Miss Logan informs that he is Father Francis Matthew Halloran (John Carradine), a blinded priest who lives alone supported by the Catholic Church. Alison moves to her new place, and once there, she receives a visitor: her neighbor Charles Chazen (Burgess Meredith) welcomes her and introduces the new neighbors to her. Then, he invites Alison to his cat Jezebel's birthday party in the night. On the next day, weird things happen with Alison in her apartment and with her health. Alison looks for Miss Logan and is informed that she lives alone with the priest in the building. A further investigation shows that all the persons she knew in the party were dead criminals. Frightened with the situation, Alison embraces Christ again, while Michael investigates the creepy events. Alison realizes that she is living in the gateway to hell.

Although underrated in IMDb User Rating, 'The Sentinel' is one of the best horror movies ever. I have seen this film at least six times, being the first time in the 70's, in the movie theater. In 07 September 2002, I bought the imported DVD and saw it again. Yesterday I saw this movie once more. Even after so many years, this film is still terrific. The creepy and lurid story frightens even in the present days. The cast is a constellation of stars and starlets. You can see many actors and actresses, who became famous, in the beginning of career. Fans of horror movie certainly worships 'The Sentinel', and I am one of them. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): 'A Sentinela dos Malditos' ('The Sentinel of the Damned')

Note: On 02 September 2007, I saw this movie again.

Note: On 03 November 2013, I saw this movie again.

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