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The Sentinel (7-Jan-1977)

Director: Michael Winner

Writer: Michael Winner

From novel by: Jeffrey Konvitz

Music Composed and Conducted by: Gil Mellé

Producers: Michael Winner; Jeffrey Konvitz

Keywords: Horror

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Martin Balsam
Actor
4-Nov-1919 13-Feb-1996 A Thousand Clowns
Tom Berenger
Actor
31-May-1949   Platoon
John Carradine
Actor
5-Feb-1906 27-Nov-1988 In over 200 B movies
Beverly D'Angelo
Actor
15-Nov-1951   National Lampoon's Vacation
Jose Ferrer
Actor
8-Jan-1909 26-Jan-1992 The Caine Mutiny
Ava Gardner
Actor
24-Dec-1922 25-Jan-1990 The Barefoot Contessa
Jeff Goldblum
Actor
22-Oct-1952   The Fly
William Hickey
Actor
19-Sep-1927 29-Jun-1997 Prizzi's Honor
Arthur Kennedy
Actor
17-Feb-1914 5-Jan-1990 The Man from Laramie
Burgess Meredith
Actor
16-Nov-1908 9-Sep-1997 Rocky and Grumpy Old Men
Sylvia Miles
Actor
9-Sep-1923   Midnight Cowboy
Jerry Orbach
Actor
20-Oct-1935 28-Dec-2004 Lennie Briscoe from Law & Order
Deborah Raffin
Actor
13-Mar-1953 21-Nov-2012 Windmills of the Gods
Cristina Raines
Actor
28-Feb-1952   Lane Ballou on Flamingo Road
Chris Sarandon
Actor
24-Jul-1942   Dog Day Afternoon
Nana Visitor
Actor
26-Jul-1957   Maj. Kira Nerys on Star Trek: DS9
Christopher Walken
Actor
31-Mar-1943   The Dead Zone
Eli Wallach
Actor
7-Dec-1915   The Magnificent Seven

CAST

Chris Sarandon   ...   Michael Lerman
Cristina Raines   ...   Alison Parker
Martin Balsam   ...   Prof. Ruzinsky
John Carradine   ...   Fr. Halliran
Jose Ferrer   ...   Robed Figure
Ava Gardner   ...   Miss Logan
Arthur Kennedy   ...   Monsignor Franchino
Burgess Meredith   ...   Charles Chazen
Sylvia Miles   ...   Gerde
Deborah Raffin   ...   Jennifer
Eli Wallach   ...   Det. Gatz
Also starring
Christopher Walken   ...   Rizzo
with
Beverly D'Angelo   ...   Sandra
Hank Garrett   ...   Brenner
Robert Gerringer   ...   Hart
Nana Visitor   ...   Girl at End
William Hickey   ...   Perry
Gary Allen   ...   Malcolm Stinnett
Jerry Orbach   ...   Film Director
Tom Berenger   ...   Man at End
Tresa Hughes   ...   Rebecca Stinnett
Kate Harrington   ...   Mrs. Clark
Jane Hoffman   ...   Lilian Clotkin
Elaine Shore   ...   Emma Clotkin
Sam Gray   ...   Dr. Aureton
Reid Shelton   ...   Priest
Fred Stuthman   ...   Alison's Father
Lucie Lancaster   ...   Alison's Mother
Anthony Holland   ...   Party Host
Jeff Goldblum   ...   Jack
Zane Lasky   ...   Raymond
Mady Heflin   ...   Professor's Student
Diane Stillwell   ...   Brenner's Secretary
Ron McLarty   ...   Real Estate Agent

REVIEWS

Review by Art (posted on 8-Jan-2008)

I saw this film, The Sentinel, back in the 1970's while I was aboard a submarine in the navy of all places. I'm not kidding. Anyway, I found it to be what a story of coming to terms with ones own actions in respect to the fact that by being so distraught over her fathers orgy, which she walks in on, she cuts her wrist. And as a result, this qualifies her to replace the nun sitting at the window of the strange house as the one who would guard the entrance to hell. Of course, she can't see the the relationship between her and the task of being the Sentinel and ponders the setting in which the nun is gazing out the window. The strangest part of the movie, is when all of these mutant people are encountered when she investigates the premises with her boyfriend, who is also a snappy dresser. Where on earth did they find these people anyway. Her father also pops in and she slices him with a kitchen knife. The suicidal models' boyfriend is killed when he starts to aggressively intergate the nun and becomes consumed with evil he displays by turning his neck to show her that he is no longer alive, but had a nice bite taken out of his neck. In the final scene, she has finally become the sentinel, seated at the window as a nun. This is apparently the full circle event from when she first laid eyes upon the figure in the same window in the beginning of the story.


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