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The Sentinel (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  21 April 2006 (USA)
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A Secret Service agent is framed as the mole in an assassination attempt on the President. He must clear his name and foil another assassination attempt while on the run from a Secret Service Protective Intelligence Division agent.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Montrose
The Handler
National Security Advisor
President Ballentine
Cindy Breckinridge
Walter Xavier
Director Overbrook
Deputy Director Cortes
Charlie Merriweather (as Clarque Johnson)
Aziz Hassad
Yanna McIntosh ...
Teddy Vargas


Special Agent Pete Garrison is convinced that a Neo-Nazi Aryan Disciple has managed to infiltrate the White House. When a White House Agent is murdered, Garrison is framed and blackmailed over an affair with the First Lady Sarah Ballentine. He is relieved of his duties, but Garrison won't stop in trying to prove his innocence, and save the life of the President. While attempting to uncover the person behind it all, he comes into confrontation with his protege, Agent Breckinridge. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In 141 years, there's never been a traitor in the Secret Service.... Until Now.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense action violence and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El centinela  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$87,942 (New Zealand) (21 April 2006)


$3,554,416 (Mexico) (22 September 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the behind-the-scenes featurette, the Secret Service consultant for the movie stated that Eva Longoria far surpassed the other actors in "shooting school". In fact, he remarked that her score would beat about 90% of members of the Secret Service. Longoria mentioned that when she was younger she often accompanied her father to the gun range, so being around and handling guns wasn't new to her. See more »


In the first exterior scenes where Marin and Breckenridge arrive to investigate the murder, she's wearing a tight low-cut black shirt under her jacket; when she comes out of the same house in a later scene (same point in the narrative, during the initial investigation) she's wearing a loose-fitting striped collared shirt under her jacket. See more »


[at Charlie Merriweather's house, investigating his murder]
Detective #1: There's no money left in his wallet, and there's been a series of robberies here the last two months. You have some reason to think it wasn't a robbery?
David Breckinridge: Well, Agent Merriweather spent the last twenty-five years honing his ability to sense danger. To notice anything outside of the ordinary. So for some average street criminal to get the drop on him? Yeah, it raises some questions.
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Written by Molly Johnson and Steve Mackinnon
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reasonably entertaining time-waster
21 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You'd think Michael Douglas would have learned his lesson by this time, but apparently he hasn't. For even after all the trouble he had with an adulterous romance in "Fatal Attraction," here he is in "The Sentinel" playing the role of Pete Garrison, a veteran secret service agent who's having an affair with none other than the First Lady of the United States. Even worse, when it is discovered that there may be a mole secretly operating in the service, the finger of suspicion begins to point directly at Mr. Garrison. Is he truly the undercover operative working to bring down the President, or is he merely a tool being set up as a convenient fall guy in a plot to rub out the nation's chief executive?

Based on the novel by Gerald Petievich, "The Sentinel" is a decent enough thriller set in the high stakes world of political assassination. Although it frequently strains credibility, gets lost in a maze of cyber/techno mumbo jumbo, and succumbs to a few too many man-on-the-run clichés, the movie still manages to generate enough mystery and suspense to see us through most of its many rough patches. Prime credit goes to Douglas, who after all these years, could clearly do these roles in his sleep, and to Keifer Sutherland, who plays a fellow agent with personal reasons for doubting Garrison's probity and loyalty to the institution. Kim Basinger also does a fine job as the beautiful First Lady torn between duty towards her husband and the man she loves.

You'll probably forget this movie the moment you walk out of the theater, but you should have a reasonably fun time while you're still in your seat.

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