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The Saint (1997)

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Simon Templar (The Saint), is a thief for hire, whose latest job to steal the secret process for cold fusion puts him at odds with a traitor bent on toppling the Russian government, as well as the woman who holds its secret.

Director:

Phillip Noyce

Writers:

Leslie Charteris (character), Jonathan Hensleigh (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Val Kilmer ... Simon Templar
Elisabeth Shue ... Dr. Emma Russell
Rade Serbedzija ... Ivan Tretiak
Valeriy Nikolaev Valeriy Nikolaev ... Ilya Tretiak (as Valery Nikolaev)
Henry Goodman ... Dr. Lev Botvin
Alun Armstrong ... Inspector Teal
Michael Byrne ... Vereshagin, Tretiak's Aide
Evgeniy Lazarev ... President Karpov (as Evgeny Lazarev)
Irina Apeksimova ... Frankie (as Irina Apeximova)
Lev Prygunov ... General Sklarov (as Lev Prigunov)
Charlotte Cornwell Charlotte Cornwell ... Inspector Rabineau
Emily Mortimer ... Woman on Plane
Lucija Serbedzija Lucija Serbedzija ... Russian Prostitute
Velibor Topic ... Skinhead
Tommy Flanagan ... Scarface
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Storyline

Simon Templar has no real family, no real home, and Simon Templar isn't even his real name. Yet, Simon Templar, also known as the Saint for his use of creating false identities using the names of Catholic saints, is one of the world's most successful thieves. Slick, debonair, and a master of disguise, Simon manages to outwit the police again and again. On his next job, he is hired by the Russian Mafia to steal a cold fusion energy formula from scientist Emma Russel. However, the mission backfires as he falls for the pretty, intelligent scientist. Simon and his new love must now manage to outwit the Russian Mafia and work out the energy formula before the worst happens, and the U.S. is affected forever. Written by LadyN1

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Cunning. Devious. Dangerous. Treacherous. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence, brief strong language, some sensuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Paramount Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

4 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Santo See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,278,873, 6 April 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$61,363,304, 31 December 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,060,970
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In a 1997 interview with Des O'Connor for his ITV show, Hugh Grant says he passed on the role after a meeting with Director Phillip Noyce, because he didn't like Noyce's approach to the character. See more »

Goofs

The dates on Templar's bank account transactions do not match the dates he gives in his narration. When he transfers the microchip money, the dates on his computer are for March. A few days later, when he is scouting Emma's apartment, he records the date as November. See more »

Quotes

Emma Russell: Who are you?
Simon Templar: Nobody has a clue. Least of all me.
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Crazy Credits

In Loving Memory Elisabeth Leustig (She was the film's Casting Director who was tragically killed in a car accident on a Moscow street during production.) See more »

Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by the BBFC with a minor edit to a shot in a nightclub where Tretiak is seen to visibly snort a line of cocaine on a mirror. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Saint See more »

Soundtracks

Polaroid Millenium
by Su Goodacre (as Sue Goodacre) and Lee Knott
Performed by Superior
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
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Am I the only one to like it?
22 February 2000 | by Rammstein-2See all my reviews

I liked this movie. Not as "The Saint" but as an elaborate action movie with a twist. Val Kilmer bears nothing in him that even gets close to Roger Moore's character - but if you look away from that and try to see it as an ordinary film, it's really good.

First of all, Val Kilmer performs fairly well, despite his weird accents. I really liked his artist type guy who seduces Emma Russell, he was great fun.

As for the story, well...I didn't bother to check for anomalies, I knew I'd find plenty. I only have two more things to say:

1. Elisabeth Shue is absolutely stunningly beautiful in this film.

2. The cool car that we only get to see a few seconds is a Volvo C70, a worthy replacement for the Volvo P1800 that Moore's Saint drove around in.


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