The Saint

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Overview

Based on the popular novels about that other suave, globe-trotting man of action, this genre picture from director Phillip Noyce mixed romance and character development with dangerous stunts, geopolitical intrigue, and a variety of elaborate disguises, resulting in an uneven stew of a spy thriller. Val Kilmer is Simon Templar, a classy, cunning master thief and "man of a thousand faces" who cribs his phony names from those of obscure saints and sells his illegal services to the highest bidder. Hired by an ...
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Overview

Based on the popular novels about that other suave, globe-trotting man of action, this genre picture from director Phillip Noyce mixed romance and character development with dangerous stunts, geopolitical intrigue, and a variety of elaborate disguises, resulting in an uneven stew of a spy thriller. Val Kilmer is Simon Templar, a classy, cunning master thief and "man of a thousand faces" who cribs his phony names from those of obscure saints and sells his illegal services to the highest bidder. Hired by an ambitious Russian politician Rade Serbedzija to steal the formula for cold fusion, Templar falls in love with Dr. Emma Russell Elisabeth Shue, the frail Oxford scientist who has unlocked the secret of the process. Back in Moscow, the thief debates whether to betray his new love or the powerful madman who is paying him millions, until he discovers that his client is concealing oil reserves that could save his freezing people. Often seen as an also-ran to the legendary James Bond, Templar, the creation of author Leslie Charteris, in fact predated the first Bond novel by decades and probably inspired Ian Fleming in his creation of the debonair agent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2013
  • UPC: 883929312801
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,822

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Val Kilmer Simon Templer
Elisabeth Shue Dr. Emma Russell
Rade Serbedzija Ivan Tretiak
Valery Nikolaev Ilya Tretiak
Henry Goodman Dr. Lev Botvin
Alun Armstrong Chief Inspector Teal
Irina Apeksimova Frankie
Michael Byrne Tretiak's Aide, Vereshagin
Charlotte Cornwell Inspector Rabineau
Verity Dearsley Agnes
Tommy Flanagan
Pat Laffan Catholic Priest
Yevgeny Lazarev President Karpov
Emily Mortimer Woman on Plane
Lev Prygunov General Sklarov
Lucija Serbedzija Russian Prostitute
Adam Smith Young Simon Templar
Technical Credits
Phillip Noyce Director
Robert S. Baker Executive Producer
David Brown Producer
Alan Cassie Art Director
Mark Egerton Asst. Director
Paul Engelen Makeup
Robert Evans Producer
Robert Grasmere Special Effects
Jonathan Hensleigh Screenwriter
Paul Hitchcock Executive Producer
Lis Kern Associate Producer
Elisabeth Leustig Casting
William J. MacDonald Producer
Phil Meheux Cinematographer
Joseph C. Nemec III Production Designer
Mace Neufeld Producer
Christopher Newman Asst. Director
Nick Palmer Art Director
Patsy Pollock Casting
Terry Rawlings Editor
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Lucy Richardson Art Director
Ivan Sharrock Sound/Sound Designer
Marlene Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
Wesley Strick Original Story, Screenwriter
Alex Thomson Cinematographer
Les Tomkins Art Director
Peter Young Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Simon the Magician [:03]
2. Friends, Countrymen, Russians [6:20]
3. The Microchip [1:01]
4. Martin de Porres [4:29]
5. Bruno Hautenfaust [2:08]
6. Cold Fusion Mumbo Jumbo [2:26]
7. Thomas More [4:46]
8. What's Your Name [:46]
9. An Angel [5:29]
10. The Spider and the Fly [2:32]
11. Double Take [4:05]
12. You Found Me [4:00]
13. On Thin Ice [1:19]
14. Russian Hospitality [4:46]
15. Plus or Minus [2:57]
16. A Diversion [2:07]
17. My Personal Saint [6:12]
18. "Oh, Ye of Little Faith." [4:35]
19. Revelation in Red Square [2:55]
20. I Know You [2:53]
21. Her Biggest Fan [5:32]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English Dolby Surround
         English 5.1 Surround
         French
      Captions and Subtitles
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         Spanish Subtitles
         None
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary With Philip Noyce
      Original Theatrical Trailer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    THE SAINT

    I had to take minute to formulate this review before I went completely off the deep end. I may be biased since I named my son after this character Simon and the first person to play him - Vincent Price in the radio dramas, but this movie was crap. Simon Templar was not a spy, but a womanizer and playboy who got himself into trouble helping people with their 'situation" and became their "Saint'or got involved in nefarious plots that he had to try and solve. I will say that in the film he has multiple identities her uses which are all just names of saints, but it works in the plot, yet there is no offbeat humor that Price gave to the original or the sexiness Moore gave in the TV show. The performances were bland and the plot was stagnant, despite who was attached to this film. Philip Noyce, the director has made some good action films, most recently "Salt", but "The Saint" is really a hit and miss. This film came after the okay but not great version of "The Shadow" which tried to meld the radio character with the pulp magazine character with so-so success. "The Saint" would have been a whole lot better with recreating the original characters suave, charm and mystery solving skills.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Nice Action Movie

    I thought Val Kilmer performed well in this movie, especially with his varied disguises. He has done some good films in the past (of which I consider this film to be one), but seems like Hollywood or maybe by his own desire, hasn't given him the roles to express the talent he posesses. I had seen this film before actually purchasing it on DVD and have always wondered why there wasn't a sequel with Kilmer playing the lead role. Unfortunately too much time has gone by where he would not be the best fit now should another Saint movie be persued.
    This movie has alittle bit of everything to keep the viewer watching. That is, the intrique of the new Russia evolving from the past and inter-woven with the action of a dynamic character (played by Kilmer), seeking to enrich himself, but ends up falling in love. I enjoy the movie, but am always wondering about the fate of the characters because the way it ends leaves me wanting a sequel that never came to be. Overall, the film is worth seeing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    send me an angel

    i loved it--it was romantic, cute, adventurous--every woman wants a saint!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I loved this movie

    Maybe a little hokey but I loved it - as did the group of people I watched it with - Anyone who loves a little mystery, romance and adventure should see it-

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