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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 »
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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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baby | nanny | friend | neighbor | druid | See All (98) »

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A vérszomjas dada See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,037,887
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert named the picture one of his "Most Hated Films" of all-time. See more »

Goofs

When Phil returns home to confront Camilla about Ned, the crew are visible in the window reflection behind him. See more »

Quotes

Kate: [stuffed owl] And this is Pyewacket!
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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 »


Soundtracks

Wide Open Road
Written by David McComb
Performed by The Triffids
Courtesy of Rough Trade Records
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Underrated!
27 May 2008 | by tone143See all my reviews

To all those who gave this a 4 or less--you wouldn't know a good piece of film-making if it bit you in the ass.Granted,it's one of Friedkin's lesser efforts,but it blows away 95% percent of the horror films out there,in my opinion.There's some cornball stuff in it,but there's a well-executed kind of tension in the way it's filmed-great cinematography,a mood to some of the scenes that is creepy & effective.Also,I think the distributors made a mistake pumping the fact it was from "the director of the Exorcist".Big mistake.Anyhow,most people would think "The Hand that Rocks The Cradle" was a better movie(it scores a 6.2)than "The Guardian",but there's no accounting for taste,as the man said.


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