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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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Valeriy Nikolaev ...
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)
Lev Prygunov ...
General Sklarov (as Lev Prigunov)
Charlotte Cornwell ...
Inspector Rabineau
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Woman on Plane
Lucija Serbedzija ...
Russian Prostitute
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Skinhead
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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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A man without a name, can never be identified. A man who doesn't exist, can never be caught. A man who doesn't love, can never truly be alive 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)  »

Also Known As:

El Santo  »

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Box Office

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

When Simon Templar is disguised as a long-haired artist, his accent is a passable imitation South African, specifically Capetonian. He refers to his "home in Africa" and uses the vernacular Afrikaans pronunciation of Jesus ("Yissus!") as an expletive. It is interesting to note that in the short story "The Man Who Was Clever", someone does describe the Saint as South African; however, since the Saint has resorted to deception in the past to achieve his goals, the reliability of this information remains questionable. See more »

Goofs

When Emma enters the cottage in the English countryside, she steps to the desk where her cards are laid out. On the desk is a 14" NEC CRT monitor, which is all black. Moments later when Simon appears the monitor is now gray with a black fascia. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Oil 1
by Moby (as Richard M. Hall)
Performed by Moby
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group/Mute Records Ltd.
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SAINTLY,A CLEVER MOVIE!
1 December 2004 | by (WILMINGTON, NC) – See all my reviews

This movie is more of the modern day version of "Robin Hood", only without the bow and arrows. Val Kilmer, plays the role very well. To me in my opinion is no Batman, but he does provide a lot of action in this movie. Simon Templar is more than just a "saint", he's a chameleon in the process.

Elisabeth Shue, is great, I remembered her from "The Karate Kid" and "Leaving Las Vegas", did very well playing Emma, she looked great throughout the movie. I liked the part when that Russian hooker helped Simon and Emma from the Russian Mafia led by Ivan Tretiak. Once his own countrymen found out who he really was, the people turned on him big time. I think this movie was a lot of fun, and I wish Kilmer would put up such an ego. Rating 3 out of 5 stars. 8 out of 10!


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