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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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Cindy Breckinridge
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Walter Xavier
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Charlie Merriweather (as Clarque Johnson)
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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.

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

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$36,280,697 (USA)
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In order to accomplish the threat letters and forensics reports, retired USSS [US Secret Service] agent and consultant to the film's production, Gerald A. Cavis [Gerry Cavis], sat with the production design staff and guided them with the designs, and helped the costumers select shoes and boots. US Secret Service agents wear tie shoes rather than slip-ons, "so they don't come off when you take off running," Cavis explained. The fabrics were high-end, "not like an FBI agent in double-knit nylon," said Cavis. He also helped to choose the right sunglasses, earpieces, and sleeve microphones. In addition to props, costumes, and the art department, Cavis and co-consultant Kevin Billings advised on the motorcade cars and armored protection vehicles. See more »

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In some materials for this film, notably the Directv "Cast and Crew", Gloria Reuben's character is listed as "Delores Meriwether". Yet Michael Douglas's character Agent Garrison clearly refers to her as "Nancy". While in still other cast listings, she is listed as simply "Mrs. Meriweather". Clark Johnson who plays her husband is listed, alternatingly, as "Charlie Meriwether" or "Mr. Meriwether". See more »

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Polygrapher Medina: Have you received adequate training for your profession?
Agent Davies: No. But I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express.
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References Flight of the Phoenix (2004) See more »

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Fight the Power, Part 1
Written by O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Marvin Isley, Rudolph Isley,
Ernie Isley and Christopher H. Jasper
Performed by The Isley Brothers
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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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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