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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Valeriy Nikolaev ...
Ilya Tretiak (as Valery Nikolaev)
Inspector Teal
President Karpov (as Evgeny Lazarev)
Irina Apeksimova ...
Frankie (as Irina Apeximova)
General Sklarov (as Lev Prigunov)
Charlotte Cornwell ...
Inspector Rabineau
Woman on Plane
Lucija Serbedzija ...
Russian Prostitute


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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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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Release Date:

4 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Santo  »

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Box Office


$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:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paramount Pictures' attempt to make the film with Robert Evans as Producer, Steven Zaillian as Writer, and Sydney Pollack as Director. Ralph Fiennes was offered one million dollars for the lead, but eventually passed. In a 1994 interview for Premiere magazine, Fiennes said the screenplay, racing fast cars, breaking into Swiss banks, was nothing he hadn't seen before. See more »


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 »


Emma: I'm glad it stopped bleeding. You don't need stitches. We have to disinfect it though.
Simon: You really are an angel.
Emma: Mmm hmm.
[soaking cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and approaching the cut with it]
Emma: It's gonna hurt.
Simon: AHH!
[surprising Emma, laughing]
Simon: Ha ha...! sorry...
[serious, realizing it wasn't funny]
Simon: I'm sorry... Are you alright?
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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 »


Referenced in The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) See more »


Oil 1
by Moby (as Richard M. Hall)
Performed by Moby
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group/Mute Records Ltd.
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Am I the only one to like it?
22 February 2000 | by 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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