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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?


Clark Johnson:  Agent Charlie Merriweather at the start of the film. See more »


Pete Garrison is hiding behind a green WM (Waste Management) trash bin in the first chase scene. The registration number is visible on the trash bin and it starts with "CA", indicating it was distributed in Canada, not Washington DC where the movie is supposed to take place. See more »


William Montrose: Cincinnat's next move is T.B.D.
Secret Service Agent: What's the "B" stand for?
William Montrose: Brass ones. Which you don't have.
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Written and Performed by Daniel Indart and William Brendle (as William J. Brendle)
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Pointless, Z-movie garbage
29 January 2007 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

The Sentinel represents everything about the soul-lessness of Hollywood and the saddening lack of imagination present in so many movies these days. I cannot possibly think of one good thing about it, it's all so generic, so factory-made and so lazy assembled that it really only exists as an infomercial on how to make money from the unsuspecting, undeserving public.

A plot about a Secret Service Agent planning to assassinate the Prez could well be entertaining. If handled by a good director or caring cast that is. Douglas is the one who is framed. Basinger is the First Lady, with whom he is having an affair (an undeveloped, unresolved plot contrivance). Sutherland is the best pal who believes his guilty because there would be no movie if he didn't. And Longoria is nothing. A woman with a fortune of Maybelline and...that's it. I guess there are less requirements for women when entering the Secret Service. As usual in a film like this the role of the Prez himself is nothing more than a tool, a token and is very badly written.

Clark Johnson's, he who gave us the equally as pathetic SWAT back in 2003, mechanical direction lacks any kind of signature and has all the visual sophistication of a cheap TV-movie. Douglas, Basinger and Sutherland look incredibly bored and phone-in their performances from afar. Eva Longoria, the most over-exposed woman of the 21st Century, is basically only in this to attract to the Desperate Housewives audience. Her role is 100% pointless and she does absolutely nothing to further the plot or add to character development. She barely has 2 lines to rub together. A truly shameless marketing ploy.

If you're a glutton for punishment then don't let me stop you. But it IS time and money you won't be getting back.

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