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The Sentinel (1977)
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The Sentinel (1977) Alison Parker is a successful top model, living with the lawyer Michael Lerman in his apartment. She tried to commit suicide twice in the past: the first time, when she was a teenager and saw her father cheating her mother with two women in her home, and then when Michael's wife died. Since then, she left Christ and the Catholic Church behind. Alison wants to live alone in her own apartment and with the help of the real state agent Miss Logan, she finds a wonderful furnished old apartment in Brooklyn Heights for a reasonable rental. She sees a weird man in the window in the last floor of the building, and Miss Logan informs that he is Father Francis Matthew Halloran, a blinded priest who lives alone supported by the Catholic Church. Alison moves to her new place, and once there, she receives a visitor: her neighbor Charles Chazen welcomes her and introduces the new neighbors to her. Then, he invites Alison to his cat Jezebel's birthday party in the night. On the next day, weird things happen with Alison in her apartment and with her health. Alison looks for Miss Logan and is informed that she lives alone with the priest in the building. A further investigation shows that all the persons she knew in the party were dead criminals. Frightened with the situation, Alison embraces Christ again, while Michael investigates the creepy events. Alison realizes that she is living in the gateway to hell.

Movie Tagline:
She was young. She was beautiful. She was next!

Title: Sentinel, The
Release Date: January 07, 1977
Runtime: 92 mins
Genre: Drama
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.1
Buried.com Rating: 7.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S

MPAA Rating: R

Michael Winner

Chris Sarandon ...Michael Lerman
Cristina Raines ...Alison Parker
Martin Balsam ...Prof. Ruzinsky
John Carradine ...Father Halliran
Jose Ferrer ...Priest of the Brotherhood
Ava Gardner ...Miss Logan
Arthur Kennedy ...Monsignor Franchino
Burgess Meredith ...Charles Chazen
Sylvia Miles ...Gerde Engstrom
Deborah Raffin ...Jennifer
Eli Wallach ...Detective Gatz
Christopher Walken ...Detective Rizzo
Jerry Orbach ...Michael Dayton
Beverly D'Angelo ...Sandra
Hank Garrett ...James Brenner
Robert Gerringer ...Hart
Nana Visitor ...Girl at end (as Nana Tucker)
Tom Berenger ...Man at end
William Hickey ...Perry
Gary Allen ...Malcolm Stinnett
Tresa Hughes ...Rebecca Stinnett
Kate Harrington ...Anna Clark
Jane Hoffman ...Lilian Clotkin
Elaine Shore ...Emma Clotkin
Sam Gray ...Dr. Aureton
Reid Shelton ...Priest
Fred Stuthman ...Mr. Parker
Lucie Lancaster ...Mary Parker
Anthony Holland ...Party host
Jeff Goldblum ...Jack

» [more cast members]

Jeffrey Konvitz
Michael Winner

Jeffrey Konvitz
Jeffrey Konvitz
Michael Winner

Gil Melle

More Movie Taglines:
  • She was young. She was beautiful. She was next!
  • She's living in the gateway to hell.
  • She Is Young, She Is Beautiful, She Is Next...
  • Doomed To Guard The Gates Of Hell Forever
  • There Must Forever Be A Guardian At The Gate From Hell...
Movie Quote(s):
  • Det. Gatz: Well, well, well. You have an ill effect on your women, Mr. Lerman. Michael Lerman: This isn't police business. Det. Gatz: A girl running through the streets at 4:00 a.m. saying she's knifed her father, blood on her... that's police business. Michael Lerman: You know the girl, Gatz. You know how she is. Det. Gatz: I haven't seen her, not since your wife Karen's... "suicide". Michael Lerman: Don't get in too deep. Det. Gatz: [sarcastic] Closed, closed. closed. The case is closed.
  • 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!
  • 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?
  • Michael Lerman: Look at this. William O'Rourke. Father Halliran? William O'Rourke, disappeared July 12, 1952 after attempted suicide. Perry: They're the same man. William O'Rourke became a priest named Halliran. Michael Lerman: Yes, but why? Perry: I just open doors.
Movie Trivia:
  • There was a bit of controversy surrounding this film upon its release when it was leaked that director Michael Winner used real human oddities for the Dead rising up from hell scene at the film's conclusion.
  • Cameo: [Richard Dreyfuss] Man talking to girl in red sweater as Cristina Raines and Deborah Raffin are walking on the sidewalk.
  • Universal had hoped to sign on 'Don Siegel (I)' as director, but Siegel ultimately bowed out due to his discomfort with this particular movie genre.
  • Kate Jackson was asked to play Alison Parker, but turned down the part.
  • The book on Milton's poems that Professor Ruzinsky hands to Lerman was edited by Maurice Kelley (1903-1996), an actual Milton authority.
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