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The Saint (1997)

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.

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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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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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Details

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

Gross USA:

$61,363,304

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$118,063,304
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On May 29, 1991, Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat wrote that Finnish Director Renny Harlin had signed a contract with Paramount Pictures to direct the new movie adaptation of The Saint, with Robert Evans producing. See more »

Goofs

The young Simon Templar is obviously left handed but the older Simon Templar is right handed. 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 »

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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #17.15 (1997) See more »

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Polaroid Millenium
by Su Goodacre (as Sue Goodacre) and Lee Knott
Performed by Superior
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
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Simon Templar against Russian mobsters in a moving international intrigue
29 May 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The movie deal with Ivan Tretiak ( Rade Serbedzja ) and his son ( Nikolayev ), Russian Mafia chiefs who want to create an oil crisis in Moscow and seize power as a result . They agree Simon Templar ( Val Kilmer ) , -master of disguises and great international criminal- , and send him to Oxford to steal a secret formula for cold fusion from U.S. scientist Emma Russell ( Elisabeth Shue ) who cooked up the recipe . That formula will give Tretiak a source of cheap energy and deal of money as result . But Templar falls in love with Emma and they attempt to outwit the two megalomaniacs and his hoodlums , hiding from them in Moscow . Meanwhile , Simon Templar is continuously changing identities and being relentlessly pursued by the police ( Alun Amstrung ). The Russian magnate with an eye on the presidency of the Russian Empire plans a coup détat.

This exciting picture is packed with frantic action, thrills, suspense, tension and an enjoyable love story . However , it contains a silly and dumb final set on the square of Moscu . The story bears little resemblance to the 60s British TV series on which it is based because of the complex argument is quite different . Brief acting by Emily Mortimer and uncredited Roger Moore as voice in car radio . Splendid musical score by Graeme Revell based on the catching leitmotif of the 60s series . The motion picture is regularly directed by Phillip Noyce . Rating : Average and overlong though entertaining.

This character based on Leslie Charteris' novel was formerly adapted for cinema with George Sanders and Louis Hayward and for TV in the classic series starred by Roger Moore and subsequently by Ian Ogilvy in the 70s and the 80s performed by Simon Dutton and produced by Robert S. Baker the same producer of the recent rendition.


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