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At Theaters: 4/21/2006 On Video: 8/29/2006
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 48 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 469924
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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When a colleague is murdered, Secret Service agent Pete Garrison is put in charge of the investigation. But Garrison himself becomes a suspect after he is blackmailed by someone who knows of his affair with the first lady. Stripped of his duties and now a fugitive, Garrison races to prove his innocence and save the president's life.
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Drama Thriller - This is an action thriller/mystery that appeals to an adult audience. There is enough action here to satisfy those fans, but fans of Eva Longoria's TV work may be disappointed by her limited screen time here. Fans of Michael Douglas and Kiefer Sutherland, on the other hand, will not be disappointed.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Kiefer Sutherland NASCAR 3D, PHONE BOOTH, DARK CITY, COWBOY UP
Michael Douglas THE IN-LAWS, DON'T SAY A WORD, TRAFFIC
Kim Basinger CELLULAR, THE DOOR IN THE FLOOR, 8 MILE
Eva Longoria TV's - DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
Director: Clark Johnson S.W.A.T.
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Production Information
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 3 S-words, 7 GD's, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Clothed fooling around.
VIOLENCE: Shootings with blood; fights.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: Fights, chases, shootouts, explosions.
COMEDY: An occasional wisecrack.
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Above Average

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average ...although some enjoyment can be had from watching The Sentinel with an uncritical eye, it remains a deeply flawed piece of mainstream action entertainment.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good 'The Sentinel' involves a scenario that is unlikely, I hope. But it's told efficiently and with lots of those little details that make movies like this seem more expert than they probably are.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average It's a competent, if forgettable and implausible, thriller with some decent acting on the part of Sutherland and Michael Douglas as Secret Service agents.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 115 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
8
High
75%
13-19Teens (F)
3
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
7
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
7
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
40
High
93%
30+Adults (F)
50
High
92%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 115 moviegoers: Adults were by far the biggest group of opinions and they are quite good. Not great but real close. Approximately three-quarters rated it "Very Good," or higher, which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much.

Most teen males enjoyed "The Sentinel" very much. Most teen females rated it as average to above average, which is somewhat low, but not too bad.

In the twentysomething groups the females actually rated it quite a bit higher than the males. Most of the females enjoyed it very much while only about half of the guys truly enjoyed "The Sentinel."


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Pete Garrison is a U.S. Secret Service agent who saved a president's life by jumping in front of a hail of bullets, over twenty years ago.

Well-liked and respected by his colleagues in the Secret Service, Garrison is a career agent who now heads the First Lady's detail. He lives in a high-level, orderly world of hierarchical structure, plans, maps, motorcades, code names, lingo and procedures. It's a universe that makes sense, until secrets begin to tear it apart. Pete's fellow agent and friend, Charlie Merriweather, hints at wanting to share critical and confidential information. Before that can happen, however, Merriweather is shot dead at his house in a crime that is made to look like a botched robbery.

The investigation falls to the Secret Service's top investigative agent, David Breckinridge, a volatile combination of by-the-book and hothead, Garrison's protégé, and, until recently one of Garrison's best friends. Breckinridge follows the evidence and only the evidence and scrupulously tries to avoid working from his gut. That's what being a great investigator requires. Garrison, as perhaps the greatest protective agent in the service, often has to work from gut, from pure instinct. In protective work that is often all you have.

Garrison's and Breckinridge's recent falling out was triggered by Breckinridge's mistaken belief that Garrison was having an affair with Breckinridge's now ex-wife.

Jill Marin, a tough, sassy and ambitious young agent who just graduated second in her class at the Secret Service Academy, arrives for her first field posting. She has requested a work detail with Breckinridge because Garrison, while leading a field instruction exercise at the Academy told Jill that Breckinridge was the best investigator in the entire Service.

Together the trio begins to uncover what appears to be an inside job to assassinate the president – a traitor in the ranks of the Secret Service. It's never happened in the institution's 141-year history. Suspicion ultimately falls on Garrison, who's going to find it extremely difficult to clear his name because someone is framing him.

Whoever is framing Garrison knows he's vulnerable because he's devoting considerable effort to hiding a monumental secret. Suspected of being treasonous, Garrison goes on the run, pursued by Breckinridge and Marin – his own colleagues – as he tries to nail the real mole and save the president's life.

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