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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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Valeriy Nikolaev ...
Ilya Tretiak (as Valery Nikolaev)
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Dr. Lev Botvin
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Vereshagin, Tretiak's Aide
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President Karpov (as Evgeny Lazarev)
Irina Apeksimova ...
Frankie (as Irina Apeximova)
Lev Prygunov ...
General Sklarov (as Lev Prigunov)
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Inspector Rabineau
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Woman on Plane
Lucija Serbedzija ...
Russian Prostitute
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Skinhead
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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 Simon 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 US is affected forever. Written by LadyN1

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Cunning. Devious. Dangerous. Treacherous. See more »


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

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4 April 1997 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,278,873 (USA) (4 April 1997)

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$61,355,436 (USA) (25 July 1997)
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Trivia

While the uses of the Nokia phone might seem like a case of product placement, it's use in the movie was accidental. Director Royce was talking to a technician working on the movie when he noticed the flip phone with the attached keyboard. He thought it was a movie prop created for the movie, and when the technician said it was a real phone, Royce decided it the phone Templar would use. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Emma Russell gives her lecture at Oxford about her amazing cold fusion breakthrough, the lecture takes place in the 1st and 2nd year undergraduate teaching laboratory most likely because it looks "sciencey." No lectures are given in this room, even the most mundane, never mind something of this importance. See more »

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Simon Templar: My name is Thomas Moore. I was named after a Saint who died for his faith.
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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 »

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Referenced in Hamlet 2 (2008) See more »

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Dead Man Walking
by David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels
Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of Jones Music/Virgin Records America Inc./BMG Music
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User Reviews

 
Am I the only one to like it?
22 February 2000 | by (Karlstad, Sweden) – See 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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