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The Sentinel ()


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

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Michael Lerman
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Alison Parker
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Professor Ruzinsky
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Father Halliran
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Robed Figure
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Miss Logan
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Monsignor Franchino
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Charles Chazen
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Gerde
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Jennifer
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Detective Gatz
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Detective Rizzo
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Film Director
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Sandra
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Brenner
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Hart
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Girl at End (as Nana Tucker)
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Man at end
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Perry
Gary Allen ...
Malcolm Stinnett
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Rebecca Stinnett
Kate Harrington ...
Mrs. Clark
Jane Hoffman ...
Lilian Clotkin
Elaine Shore ...
Emma Clotkin
Sam Gray ...
Dr. Aureton
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Priest
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Alison's father
Lucie Lancaster ...
Alison's mother
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Party host
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Jack
Zane Lasky ...
Raymond
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Professor's student (as Mady Heflin)
Diane Stilwell ...
Brenner's secretary (as Diane Stillwell)
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Real Estate Agent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Esther Blackmon ...
Demon (uncredited)
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Man at Poolside Photo Shoot (uncredited)
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Man on Sidewalk (uncredited)
Joe Hamer ...
Detective (uncredited)
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Assistant to Michael Dayton (uncredited)
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Hospital doctor (uncredited)
Bob Melvin ...
Background scary person (uncredited)
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Girl on TV (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michael Winner

Written by

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Jeffrey Konvitz ... (novel)
 
Michael Winner ... (screenplay)
 
Jeffrey Konvitz ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Jeffrey Konvitz ... producer
Michael Winner ... producer

Music by

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Gil Mellé

Cinematography by

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Richard C. Kratina ... director of photography (as Dick Kratina)

Film Editing by

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Bernard Gribble
Terry Rawlings ... (as Terence Rawlings)

Casting By

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Cis Corman

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Philip Rosenberg

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Edward Stewart

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Peggy Farrell

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William A. Farley ... hair stylist
Robert Laden ... special makeup artist (as Bob Laden)
Dick Smith ... special makeup
Michael R. Thomas ... makeup artist: J. Carradine (uncredited)

Production Management

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Robert Grand ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Larry Y. Albucher ... second assistant director
Charles Okun ... assistant director
Ralph S. Singleton ... second assistant director

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Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Russ Hill ... dialogue editor
Les Lazarowitz ... sound recordist
Teddy Mason ... sound editor (as Ted Mason)
Edward McQueen-Mason ... sound editor
Hugh Strain ... sound re-recordist
Dennis C. Salcedo ... optical sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Tony Parmelee ... special effects

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Albert Whitlock ... special visual effects
Henry Schoessler ... matte crew (uncredited)

Stunts

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Diane Peterson ... stunts (uncredited)
James Winburn ... stunts (uncredited)

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Joseph Di Pasquale ... first assistant camera
Vinnie Gerardo ... assistant camera
Warren Rothenberger ... camera operator (uncredited)

Music Department

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Dan Blake ... music editor

Script and Continuity Department

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B.J. Bjorkman ... script supervisor

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Steve Hancock ... projectionist (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines She was young. She was beautiful. She was next! See more »
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Also Known As
  • La sentinelle des maudits (France)
  • Hexensabbat (Germany)
  • La centinela (Spain)
  • Sentinel (Italy)
  • Ondskans redskap (Sweden)
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  • 92 min
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Budget $3,700,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Cristina Raines, under contract with Universal at the time, almost didn't get the leading role due to a female executive at Universal who was more interested in pushing other clients for parts and ignoring her. Raines was told this directly by Michael Winner, who went against the executive's wishes and cast her anyway. Cristina later said this may not have been for the best, however, and as she didn't like Winner's maddening approach to directing. The actress says she cried every day on her way to work, and admitted in a recent interview that she has never watched this film due to the treatment she received on the set. See more »
Goofs (at around 4 mins) When Allison is filming a shampoo commercial, she and another model are seen whipping their hair around. The footage was reversed, so the actresses' hair is moving backwards. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Coming Soon (1982). 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 lesbians... all of them are reincarnations. Devils. The only way they can stop the new sentinal is to make you commit suicide. That's what they were trying to do.
Alison Parker: [with growing fear and terror] Michael? I don't...
Michael Lerman: You don't understand? I'm dead. I was killed a short while ago by Monsignor Franchino for trying to strangle Father Halliran. I'm damned to enternal Hell for my sins. For having Brenner murder my wife so I can be with you. And for killing Brenner to tie up loose ends. I am one of the legion of the dead!
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