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The Saint (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Romance  |  4 April 1997 (USA)
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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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Simon Templar creates false identities named after saints in order to steal money from various criminal organizations and redistribute the wealth to others.



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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$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?


While filming in Oxford, England, the producers had the Bodleian Library (the main library of The University of Oxford) closed to the public for several days. This caused much complaint in the University, as a large proportion of the students were studying for exams. See more »


When Emma enters Simon's English country house she leaves the door wide open and continues into the room. In a subsequent shot, the door is closed. See more »


Simon: So you know the way to the embassy?
Frankie: [eyeing Simon's watch] Like the face of a Bvlgary Chronograph.
[Simon removes his watch and hands it to Frankie]
Frankie: I remember! This way...
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Remake of The Saint (1962) See more »


Roses Fade (Mojo Mix)
by Jill Cunniff
Performed by Luscious Jackson
Courtesy of Grand Royal Records/Capitol Records Inc.
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14 February 2000 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Reading the average vote for THE SAINT disappointed me. 5.8, come on! It should at least be a 7 if not an 8! Many were disappointed because it didn't live up to the TV series. I have never seen the series so I can't really compare. Val Kilmer was just perfect for Simon Templar, and um a lot of saints. Elisabeth Shue was great for Emma Russell, as was Rade Serbedzija for Tretiak. I thought the rest of the actors were good too. I loved the plot and everything about the movie. Its a great espionage type thriller. Its a combo of Bond and Mission: Impossible. Bond gadgets, Mission: Impossible type plot. If you like those types of movies, see THE SAINT. 8/10

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