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The Saint (1997)

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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.

Director:

Phillip Noyce

Writers:

Leslie Charteris (character), Jonathan Hensleigh (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Val Kilmer ... Simon Templar
Elisabeth Shue ... Dr. Emma Russell
Rade Serbedzija ... Ivan Tretiak
Valeriy Nikolaev Valeriy Nikolaev ... Ilya Tretiak (as Valery Nikolaev)
Henry Goodman ... Dr. Lev Botvin
Alun Armstrong ... Inspector Teal
Michael Byrne ... Vereshagin, Tretiak's Aide
Evgeniy Lazarev ... President Karpov (as Evgeny Lazarev)
Irina Apeksimova ... Frankie (as Irina Apeximova)
Lev Prygunov ... General Sklarov (as Lev Prigunov)
Charlotte Cornwell Charlotte Cornwell ... Inspector Rabineau
Emily Mortimer ... Woman on Plane
Lucija Serbedzija Lucija Serbedzija ... Russian Prostitute
Velibor Topic ... Skinhead
Tommy Flanagan ... Scarface
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Storyline

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 »


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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Official Sites:

Paramount Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

4 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Santo See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia See more »

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Box Office

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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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In a 1997 interview with Des O'Connor for his ITV show, Hugh Grant says he passed on the role after a meeting with Phillip Noyce, because he didn't like Noyce's approach to the character. See more »

Goofs

When Emma first climbs into the underground pipe system with Simon, you can see that she is wearing black athletic knee pads, thanks to the visible white label that says "Trace", an athletic gear brand. See more »

Quotes

Emma Russell: When am I going to see you again?
Simon: I'll find you, you found me.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by the BBFC with a minor edit to a shot in a nightclub where Tretiak is seen to visibly snort a line of cocaine on a mirror. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Polaroid Millenium
by Su Goodacre (as Sue Goodacre) and Lee Knott
Performed by Superior
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
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great cast, good plot highly underrated movie classic
12 April 2004 | by Lord-AngelisSee 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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