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The Sentinel (1977)

Not ready for marriage, a fashion model moves into an unbelievably cheap Brooklyn Heights apartment, where weird occurrences turn into a much more frightening turn of events.

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 Engstrom
Deborah Raffin ... Jennifer
Eli Wallach ... Detective Gatz
Christopher Walken ... Detective Rizzo
Jerry Orbach ... Michael Dayton
Beverly D'Angelo ... Sandra
Hank Garrett ... James 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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Taglines:

There Must Forever Be A Guardian At The Gate From Hell... See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Latin

Release Date:

21 April 1977 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Centinela de los malditos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000, 31 December 1977
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kate Jackson was asked to play Alison Parker, but turned down the part. See more »

Goofs

When Michael's delivers his ghostly monologue to Allison and his face begins to split open, the monofilament wires that are being pulled from off-camera to create the cracks in his face are visible. Also, actor Chris Sarandon blinks as if startled when the wires are pulled on. See more »

Quotes

Michael Lerman: It's all right. Listen, listen. I know everything now. The Latin you saw in that book was an ancient warning from the angel Gabriel to the angel Uriel.
Alison Parker: Michael, what are you talking about?
Michael Lerman: The angel Uriel was stationed at the entrance to Eden to guard it from the devil. Since that time a long line of guardians... sentinels, have guarded the world against evil. Right now it's Father Halliran upstairs. But tonight YOU become the next sentinel. All the people you saw here, the old man, the ...
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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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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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This movie is a classic in psychological horror!
25 March 2005 | by pamela-grahamSee all my reviews

I have read the book and I must say that this movie stays true to form. I think this is the beginning of the psychological thrillers in the same genre of Psycho. Cristina Raines gives an excellent performance as the lead, and Burgess Meredith gives an excellent supporting actor as the next-door neighbor. I have seen this movie at least twice and I think that I am going to buy both the book and the movie for my collection. The suspense just keeps building up to the climatic end, the twist you will never see coming. If you like movies like Signs and The Village, the Sentinel will be a classic prelude. Also, what is interesting is the actors in the movie-you would not recognize them if you did not read the credits. The late Jerry Orbach is great as the commercial director and Jeff Goldblum is excellent as the photographer. Also there is Beverly D'Angelo, who is underrated but great.


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