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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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Inspector Teal
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President Karpov (as Evgeny Lazarev)
Irina Apeksimova ...
Frankie (as Irina Apeximova)
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General Sklarov (as Lev Prigunov)
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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 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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Never reveal your name. Never turn your back. Never surrender your heart. 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 USA:

$16,278,873, 6 April 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$61,363,304, 31 December 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,060,970
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2.35 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

When Ilya Tretiak (Ivan Tretiak's son) holds up the Simon, while he is stealing the microchip in the beginning of the movie, you can see in the front of the gun that the revolver isn't loaded. See more »

Quotes

Frankie: The president's quarters are here... but there are many guards, so I suggest...
Simon Templar: What? An alternate route?
Frankie: Money!
Simon Templar: O' ye of little 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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Polaroid Millenium
by Su Goodacre (as Sue Goodacre) and Lee Knott
Performed by Superior
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
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Very Good! Unfair to compare to original version.
23 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed watching this movie from beginning to end. Val Kilmer portrayed his role very well. Elisabeth Shue is very beautiful. She also played her character very well. The acting is superb and the scenes are top notch.

Most negative comments are from people who compared this movie to the original one. I haven't seen the original, but, If I did, I will not make comparisons.

The chemistry between Kilmer and Shue is real and natural. The flow keeps me glued to the screen till the end.

The background music is a good choice and comes in at the right moment. I would definitely recommend this movie to friends and relatives.


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