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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.



(screenplay), (novel)
2 nominations. See more awards »



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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.


Action | Crime | Thriller

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  »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$36,279,230 (USA) (21 July 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The speech heard at the G8 meeting, before that of the American President's, is in Swedish, and closes with the words: "... vägnar vill jag tacka er för att ni stödjer Kyoto-protokollet. Tack så mycket," which means, "... I want to thank you for supporting the Kyoto Protocol. Thank you very much." See more »


When Pete takes a phone call outside the Mayflower Hotel and the caller tells him to go to Massachusetts Avenue, then walk to 12th street, Pete goes the wrong way down Connecticut Avenue. He walks toward L Street. Massachusetts Avenue is in the opposite direction, up Connecticut Avenue. See more »


1st Lady Sarah Ballentine: How do you think it went in there?
Pete Garrison: Excuse me, ma'am, are you talking to me?
1st Lady Sarah Ballentine: Yes.
Pete Garrison: I thought it was, uh, an excellent speech.
1st Lady Sarah Ballentine: One to 10?
Pete Garrison: Ten, ma'am.
1st Lady Sarah Ballentine: You're not a very good liar, Pete.
Pete Garrison: Seriously?
1st Lady Sarah Ballentine: Yes, I- I really want to know.
Pete Garrison: 9.5.
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Reasonable Idea, Terrible Screenplay
18 January 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The veteran agent of the American secret service Pete Garrison (Michael Douglas) saved the life of president Ronald Reagan in the past and became a legend. Presently he is responsible for the personal security of the American president Ballentine (David Rasche) and the first lady Sarah Ballentine (Kim Bassinger), with whom he is having a love affair. When his informer Walter discloses that there is a traitor in the secret service and a plot to kill the president, his former friend David Breckinridge (Kiefer Sutherland) and the chief of the secret service William Montrose (Martin Donovan) are in charge of the investigation and all the agents are submitted to a polygraph test. Due to his situation with Sarah, he is compromised with the results and accused of treachery. He escapes, and in spite of chased by the secret service, he conducts his own investigation trying to find the responsible.

"The Sentinel" has a reasonable idea, of an agent failing in the polygraph test due to his love affair with the first lady, but the screenplay does not have any care for the characters. The running time should be longer and not waste in so many exaggerated details relative to the protection of the American president, and give more attention to the characters. In the end, the story is conventional, badly resolved and with bureaucratic performances of the good cast. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Sentinela" ("Sentinel")

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