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The Sentinel

The Sentinel is a grubby, grotesque excursion into religioso psychodrama, notable for uniformly poor performances by a large cast of familiar names and direction that is hysterical and heavy-handed.

The Sentinel is a grubby, grotesque excursion into religioso psychodrama, notable for uniformly poor performances by a large cast of familiar names and direction that is hysterical and heavy-handed.

The story [from Jeffrey Knovitz’ novel] is based on the familiar device of taking some innocent (in this case, Cristina Raines, whose performance is miserable), confronted with kooky situations and characters whose motives are unclear except that the innocent seems to be losing mental control.

Raines, cast as a fashion model, has some mighty formidable plot adversaries: fiance Chris Sarandon, amusingly trying to play a successful lawyer; weird neighbors like Burgess Meredith, in ludicrous overacting job; also pushy lesbian Sylvia Miles and lover Beverly D’Angelo.

The Sentinel

  • Production: Universal. Director Michael Winner; Producer Michael Winner; Screenplay Michael Winner; Camera Dick Kratina; Editor Bernard Gribble, Terence Rawlings; Music Gil Melle; Art Director Philip Rosenberg
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 91 MIN.
  • With: Chris Sarandon Cristina Raines Martin Balsam John Carradine Jose Ferrer Ava Gardner
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