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The Saint (1997)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Valeriy Nikolaev ...
Ilya Tretiak (as Valery Nikolaev)
Dr. Lev Botvin
Vereshagin, Tretiak's Aide
President Karpov (as Evgeny Lazarev)
Irina Apeksimova ...
Frankie (as Irina Apeximova)
Lev Prygunov ...
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:

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


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

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Did You Know?


A Volvo P1800 can be seen parked directly outside the Saint's apartment building in London. This was the type of car driven by the original Saint in the 1960s TV series. See more »


Agnes is on the wrong side of the banister when the dogs jump at her. When she falls she is on the same side as Simon, yet when she goes to kiss him she is on the other side. Had she been on that side she wouldn't have been knocked down. See more »


Simon Templar: Allow me to introduce myself. My name is August Christopher. I was named for St. Augustan, who coined my favorite phrase, 'Give me chastity and give me constancy, but do not give it yet.'
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Val Kilmer/U2 (2000) See more »


6 Underground (Nellee Hooper Edit)
by Liam Howe (as Liam Coverdale-Howe), Chris Corner and Ian Pickering
Performed by Sneaker Pimps
Courtesy of Clean Up Records/Virgin Records Ltd.
Embodies portions from "Golden Girl" by John Barry
Performed by John Barry
Under license from EMI Records
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"You don't believe any of this cold fusion mumbo jumbo do you"
3 April 2004 | by (Exeter) – See all my reviews

The Saint starring Val Kilmer is one of my all time favourites I can watch it again and again and again!

The Saint is hired by Russian gangsters to get a secret cold fusion formula from a brilliant, beautiful and young scientist played by Elisabeth Shue. Anyway he falls in love and has to outwit the dangerous gangsters.

Val Kilmer plays the eccentric master thief the Saint who has a dark past and an impressive talent for disguise. All the different characters the Saint disguises himself as are memorable. I personally like heroes with a dark past who aren't perfect and have suffered to become who they are today.

The chemistry on screen between Val Kilmer and Elisabeth Shue is excellent - and well Elisabeth Shue is beautiful! This is such a fun feel good film (although it does have dark elements to it) that gets better every time I watch it and personally I do find some characters touching especially the Saint himself who Val Kilmer plays perfectly.

This film has a bit of everything - romance, comedy, drama, suspense and action and is definitely worth renting and is definitely in my collection!

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