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The Guardian (1990)

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A young couple with a newborn baby don't realize that the nanny they hired is a magical nymph who sacrifices infants to an evil tree.

Director:

William Friedkin

Writers:

Dan Greenburg (novel), Stephen Volk (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenny Seagrove ... Camilla
Dwier Brown ... Phil Sterling
Carey Lowell ... Kate Sterling
Brad Hall ... Ned Runcie
Miguel Ferrer ... Ralph Hess
Natalija Nogulich ... Molly Sheridan (as Natalia Nogulich)
Pamela Brull Pamela Brull ... Gail Krasno
Gary Swanson ... Allan Sheridan
Jack David Walker Jack David Walker ... Punk
Willy Parsons Willy Parsons ... Punk
Frank Noon ... Punk
Theresa Randle ... Arlene Russell
Xander Berkeley ... Detective
Ray Reinhardt Ray Reinhardt ... Dr. Klein
Jacob Gelman ... Scotty
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Storyline

Phil and Kate have a baby boy named Jake. They hire a baby-sitter, Camilla, to look after Jake and she becomes part of the family. The Sterling's friend and neighbor, Ned, takes a liking to Camilla and asks her out. She refuses, but Ned follows her and discovers that she is not quite human. Camilla discovers that she has been followed and Ned is pursued. He leaves a desperate message for Phil and Kate which reveals that Camilla has special plans for baby Jake. Written by brooks@odie.ee.wits.ac.za and drxcreatures@yahoo.com

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Tonight, while the world is asleep... an ancient evil is about to awaken.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Actor Paul Rawson was originally cast as, Scotty. Rawson fell ill weeks into production. Despite being eight years old, devastated and ill, begged William Friedkin to shoot his scenes near the end of production. Friedkin couldn't afford to change most of the shooting schedule and therefor hired someone else. After seeing the finished film upon its release, Rawson has gone on to say that he was very grateful for having the flu when he did and still has his original script. See more »

Goofs

Sometimes the wall mural in the baby's room is the trees the mother was painting at the beginning of the movie, but in other scenes it's a bunch of flowers. See more »

Quotes

Detective: There's no evidence that the woman you describe ever existed.
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Alternate Versions

There are two versions of "The Guardian": the theatrical cut, credited to William Friedkin, and a modified cut, credited to "Alan Smithee". The Alan Smithee cut has never been released on video but has been shown on cable. It includes new scenes including another scene in the hospital; different dream sequences; a scene of the nanny waking the wife up and alternate angles for other scenes. Also, the ending of the cable cut is different and omits much of the gore. See more »

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Featured in Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation (2001) See more »

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Wide Open Road
Written by David McComb
Performed by The Triffids
Courtesy of Rough Trade Records
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Better than expected
25 January 2003 | by Movie_maestroSee all my reviews

This was the first William Friedkin film I had seen. Knowing that he had directed the Exorcist, I was expecting a 'scary' film and unfortunately it wasn't. Oh well, the film however was exciting and creepy and Jenny Seagrove played the part of the nanny with ease, presenting a brooding yet somehow likeable character, until of course, the end. Those looking for a gore film may be slightly disappointed, although there are a few good gore scenes but they are few and far between as the film contains a low body count. However, those looking for a horror thriller will revel in the films delights as it achieves this substantially and the film's last moments will have you on the edge of your seat. Oh and she keeps getting naked for those of you who like that sort of thing, i wasn't complaining!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,565,620, 29 April 1990

Gross USA:

$17,037,887

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,037,887
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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