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The Sentinel (1977)

A young woman moves into an apartment in a building which houses a sinister evil.

Director:

Michael Winner

Writers:

Jeffrey Konvitz (novel), Michael Winner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Deborah Raffin ... Jennifer
Eli Wallach ... Detective Gatz
Christopher Walken ... Detective Rizzo
Jerry Orbach ... Film Director
Beverly D'Angelo ... Sandra
Hank Garrett ... Brenner
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Storyline

A fashion model moves into a house inhabited (on the top floor) by a blind priest. She begins having strange physical problems, has trouble sleeping at night, and has some nasty flashbacks of her attempted suicide. She complains to the real estate agent of the noise caused by her strange neighbors, but finds out that the house is only occupied by the priest and herself, and ultimately discovers that she has been put in the house for a reason. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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She's living in the gateway to hell. See more »

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Latin

Release Date:

11 February 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Centinela de los malditos See more »

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Budget:

$3,700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cristina Raines claims she got more insight into her character from Jeffrey Konvitz than the actual director Michael Winner See more »

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When Allison stabs her father's ghost in the eye, the close-up of the knife cutting through the fake head's eye socket reveals the seams of the replaceable make-up appliance that made re-takes of this effect possible. See more »

Quotes

Det. Gatz: Well, well, well. You have an ill effect on your women, Mr. Lerman.
Michael Lerman: This isn't police business.
Det. Gatz: A girl running through the streets at 4:00 a.m. saying she's knifed her father, blood on her... that's police business.
Michael Lerman: You know the girl, Gatz. You know how she is.
Det. Gatz: I haven't seen her, not since your wife Karen's... "suicide".
Michael Lerman: Don't get in too deep.
Det. Gatz: [sarcastic] Closed, closed. closed. The case is closed.
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Alternate Versions

The theatrical version (the version released on video in the US) has scenes that were removed or severely truncated for broadcast on American TV, due to nudity, sex, the use of real life dwarfs, mutilated and otherwise deformed people, and allegedly profane references to the Catholic Church. Among the scenes reduced or removed for broadcast were Alison's first suicide attempt, her first encounter with her father's zombie, and her tea with her lesbian neighbors. A few scenes that were added for the TV version include a brief scene after the climax which shows detectives Gatz and Rizzo arriving at the brownstone house the morning after and seeing Father Hallin being being carried out by paramedics on a stretcher and being informed that he died of a heart attack. See more »

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Incredible Film and Somewhat Obscure
18 October 2011 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Not ready for marriage, a fashion model (Cristine Raines) moves into an unbelievably nice Brooklyn Heights apartment, where scary occurrences turn into a much more frightening turn of events.

I have to first call out the cast: Chris Sarandon (so young he is unrecognizable), Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Walken (in a far too small role), Eli Wallach, Jerry Orbach (also quite young), Burgess Meredith, John Carradine... and more (including a very, very small cameo by Richard Dreyfuss). If you think a film with both Walken and Goldblum is a bad idea, you may as well just walk away now.

The biggest thing for me is how I did not know what this film was or had even heard of it. How has it escaped my attention? With that cast, the great plot and solid storytelling? This is really a must-see for horror fans. It has been ranked in the top 100 of the scariest horror films. I have seen 1000s of horror films, and I would debate putting it in the top 100, but it is not a stretch by any means.

Before Dana Barrett opened her refrigerator and found Zuul, this story was out there of another apartment complex with another kind of doorway...


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