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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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Horror

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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English | Italian | Latin

Release Date:

11 February 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sentinel See more »

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Box Office

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

In the bluray commentary, Jeffrey Konvitz talks about a 3rd book in the Sentinel series that explains why, despite there being many galaxies, the Sentinel is needed on Earth See more »

Goofs

When ghostly neighbor Malcolm Stinnett's face begins to spontaneously bleed during the film's climax, the tube pumping the blood under the forehead appliance is visible on the top of his head. 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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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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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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