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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When Emma is looking through suspect sketches at New Scotland Yard with the two detectives, the female detective says that the suspect is known by many different names, including "Louie" (or "Louis") "Guanella". Emma's response is "Of course... all names of Catholic saints." In the case of "Louie Guanella", this is incorrect. Luigi Guanella was a Catholic priest from Northern Italy, born in 1842 and died in 1912. Guanella was beatified in 1964 but has NOT yet been canonized (made a saint) by the Roman Catholic Church. He is therefore referred to as Blessed Luigi Guanella, not Saint (Luigi) Guanella. See more »


Ivan Tretiak: What?
Simon Templar: What?
Simon Templar: Don't look down. You know who I am?
Ivan Tretiak: No.
Simon Templar: I'm the thief you tried to cheat.
[Takes a phone]
Simon Templar: And this is your accountant.
[Gives phone to Tretiak]
Simon Templar: Talk to him.
Ivan Tretiak: [Taking phone backwards]
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


Performed by Faina Zinova, Ludmila Borisova, Yurii Borisov and Mikhail Fiskovich
Produced by Graham Walker
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great cast, good plot highly underrated movie classic
12 April 2004 | by (doncaster, England) – See all my reviews

This film upon first viewing might not bowl you over as I thought it only o.k however after watching it many times I began to see just how good a movie it really was. Firstly you have fantastic locations which I must admit generally don't draw the out the movie going public out in huge droves but do help the movie in my eyes, then you have the cast, Val kilmer makes a fantastic Simon Templer although I was'nt the biggest fan of the tv series upon which the movie is based so have no basis for comparison, which is probably a good thing as comparing actors again'st other actors who once filled the role can make the viewers decide its going to be awful before even giving it a chance.... to cut a long story short I'll say this..... good plot, great cast especially Val Kilmer pulling off the cool, dark and secretive character he portrays and last of all excellent locations all I can say is view it as a new movie and not a modern remake and see what you think.

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