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

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Latin

Release Date:

12 May 1977 (West Germany) 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

Michael Winner says in his biography that some unions supported several crew members who refused to take their meal with the deformed people hired by the production. Winner said he was full of shame because of this disgusting behavior. See more »

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(at around 9 mins) As the hearse passes, the camera crew and lighting equipment are reflected in the car's side. See more »

Quotes

Det. Gatz: [looking at old police mugshots] Rebecca and Malcolm Stinnett. Sell. Gerde Engstrom. Emma and Lillian Clotkin. Anna Clark. All people the Parker girl said she met.
Det. Rizzo: All killers, all dead. She went to a party with eight dead murderers.
Det. Gatz: Doesn't everybody?
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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A Hell Of An Apartment For Only $400 A Month!
14 October 2007 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

Boasting an all-star cast so impressive that it almost seems like the "Mad Mad Mad Mad World" of horror pictures, "The Sentinel" (1977) is nevertheless an effectively creepy film centering on the relatively unknown actress Cristina Raines. In this one, she plays a fashion model, Alison Parker, who moves into a Brooklyn Heights brownstone that is (and I don't think I'm giving away too much at this late date) very close to the gateway of Hell. And as a tenant in this building, she suffers far worse conditions than leaky plumbing and the occasional water bug, to put it mildly! Indeed, the scene in which Alison encounters her noisy upstairs neighbor is truly terrifying, and should certainly send the ice water coursing down the spines of most viewers. Despite many critics' complaints regarding Raines' acting ability, I thought she was just fine, more than ably holding her own in scenes with Ava Gardner, Burgess Meredith, Arthur Kennedy, Chris Sarandon and Eli Wallach. The picture builds to an effectively eerie conclusion, and although some plot points go unexplained, I was left feeling more than satisfied. As the book "DVD Delirium" puts it, "any movie with Beverly D'Angelo and Sylvia Miles as topless cannibal lesbians in leotards can't be all bad"! On a side note, yesterday I walked over to 10 Montague Terrace in Brooklyn Heights to take a look at the Sentinel House. Yes, it's still there, and although shorn of its heavy coat of ivy and lacking a blind priest/nun at the top-floor window, looks much the same as it did in this picture. If this house really does sit atop the entrance to Hell, I take it that Hell is...the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. But we New Yorkers have known THAT for some time!


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