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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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Ilya Tretiak (as Valery Nikolaev)
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Dr. Lev Botvin
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Vereshagin, Tretiak's Aide
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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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Inspector Rabineau
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Woman on Plane
Lucija Serbedzija ...
Russian Prostitute
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Skinhead
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Scarface
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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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Rated PG-13 for action violence, brief strong language, some sensuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The voice of the radio announcer at the end of the film is Roger Moore, who played the Saint on British television in the 1960s before going on to greater fame as James Bond in the 1970s. See more »

Goofs

When Simon is breaking into the vault at the start of the film, he is shown attaching his safe cracking device to the safe and setting up his video receiver. Shortly after, he is shown watching the video feed, and, again attaching the device and setting up his receiver. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

In The Absence Of Sun
Written and Performed by Duncan Sheik
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Simon Templar against Russian mobsters in a moving international intrigue
29 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

The movie deal with Ivan Tretiak ( Rade Serbedzja ) and his son ( Nikolayev ), Russian Mafia chiefs who want to create an oil crisis in Moscow and seize power as a result . They agree Simon Templar ( Val Kilmer ) , -master of disguises and great international criminal- , and send him to Oxford to steal a secret formula for cold fusion from U.S. scientist Emma Russell ( Elisabeth Shue ) who cooked up the recipe . That formula will give Tretiak a source of cheap energy and deal of money as result . But Templar falls in love with Emma and they attempt to outwit the two megalomaniacs and his hoodlums , hiding from them in Moscow . Meanwhile , Simon Templar is continuously changing identities and being relentlessly pursued by the police ( Alun Amstrung ). The Russian magnate with an eye on the presidency of the Russian Empire plans a coup détat.

This exciting picture is packed with frantic action, thrills, suspense, tension and an enjoyable love story . However , it contains a silly and dumb final set on the square of Moscu . The story bears little resemblance to the 60s British TV series on which it is based because of the complex argument is quite different . Brief acting by Emily Mortimer and uncredited Roger Moore as voice in car radio . Splendid musical score by Graeme Revell based on the catching leitmotif of the 60s series . The motion picture is regularly directed by Phillip Noyce . Rating : Average and overlong though entertaining.

This character based on Leslie Charteris' novel was formerly adapted for cinema with George Sanders and Louis Hayward and for TV in the classic series starred by Roger Moore and subsequently by Ian Ogilvy in the 70s and the 80s performed by Simon Dutton and produced by Robert S. Baker the same producer of the recent rendition.


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