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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:

Ángel de las sombras See more »

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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Trivia

The movie's dark villain, Camilla (Jenny Seagrove), is included in the compilation film Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation (2001). 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 »

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Referenced in Press Gang: Day Dreams (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

While The City Sleeps
Written by Roger Eno
Performed by Roger Eno
Courtesy of Opal Records
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plenty of gore and violence
1 November 2014 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

A solid enough horror from Friedkin but he is let down by some rather mundane performances and general lack of charisma. Jenny Seagrove is the exception here, not someone who I know much of, apart from her relationship with the late Michael Winner, but she is very strong here. Indeed, the only actor who is consistently believable throughout. She does well as the sweet girl who may not be so sweet, deals well with the nudity and lets it all hang out in the tumultuous finale. Overall though the film lapses occasionally into silliness now and again and this detracts from the fact that it is an original film that tries to do something different and if it is not quite as disturbing as it wants to be, it certainly contains plenty of gore and violence.


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