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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.

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Phillip Noyce

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


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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In the original version of the film, Dr. Russell collapses while giving a lecture and dies in The Saint's arms. The Saint sees Tretiak, Jr. stabbing her in the leg with the tip of his cane. Thus the final half-hour has him set to destroy the villains' plans and avenge her death. With Dr. Botvin's help, he switches the formulas around and humiliates Tretiak during his show trial of the Russian president. The Saint battles Dr. Russell's killer on a stairwell as Russian tanks pound outside, exposing and setting fire to the vast stockpile of heating oil in the basement. With the stairwell disintegrating around them, the fight spills out on to the chandelier, suspended above the blazing oil. The Saint teases Treatiak, Jr. with the disc containing the formula for cold fusion. As he reaches out for it, The Saint cuts the rope and Tretiak, Jr. plummets to a fiery death. Returning to Dr. Russell's home, the Saint finds a letter from her, a tear fills his eye and he vows from now on to use his skills only for good. Test audiences didn't like the way Dr. Russell died three-quarters of the way into the film. Footage from the original ending features prominently in the film's primary trailer. Director Phillip Noyce hopes one day to be able to restore the original version for a Director's Cut DVD. See more »

Goofs

When Templar is attempting to cut trough the barrier of solid iron in his escape in the sewer by using a blowtorch, he doesn't put the tip of the blue torch at the surface, he put the middle of the yellow torch at the surface. This method would require hours of work. See more »

Quotes

Simon: Tell me you love me.
Emma: I love you.
Simon: Simon.
Emma: I love you Simon.
Simon: Miracle three.
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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 »

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Remake of The Saint (1962) See more »

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Val Kilmer's performance is incredible
16 October 2004 | by LottsSee all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this film and not just because of Val Kilmer's accomplishment at successfully being eye-candy, but also because of the amazing personality transformations his character goes through in front of the mirror. The story line itself is pretty impressive and I loved that although it keeps you guessing, you don't end up wondering, "What the hell is going on?' The science side is played down enough for the audience to know it's there but not to get distracted by its details. I don't know if the theory actually works, but after watching the film I don't really care - that isn't the point of the movie.

The thing that surprised me the most though was the leading female scientist, played by Elisabeth Shue. It's obvious from the start that she's going to be the 'love interest' but her characters personality always puts a question to the question, will they actually end up together. She's shy and nervous of people, but is incredibly open, honest and warmly lovable - an almost perfect contrast to Kilmer's über-suave, identity-confused, international thief-for-hire/spy. But that's the very thing that makes them ideal for each other, they might just be able to help each other with their character flaws and so you root for them both on a rather grand scale.

I was vaguely baffled by the inclusion of random, suffering Russian civilians towards the latter half of the film, but considering that they were a film device to make the baddie look bad, the goodie look good and the 'common people trapped in the middle' look down right fantastic, they do their job rather well (apart from one woman who rats out our hero). All in all, they makes sure the audience are still caring if the common people are helped by the good guy, and hoping that the bad guy will eventually get his comeuppance.

However, back to my original point. I still think that the film's main achievement is putting Val Kilmer in an interesting role that shows off just how good he can be; he's observant, yet unobservable; seductive, yet not a cad; confident but riddled with insecurities. Moreover, in the early stages of the film, British students are no longer misrepresented as drunken, whoring lay-abouts, but as attentive learners who actually show up for lectures. Impressive stuff.

Yours Sincerely, A Proud British Student.


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