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Desert Saints (2002)




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In this offbeat thriller, a refined and well-educated hired killer has an unusual way of doing business: He finds women, forces them to help him with his murders, and then kills them before they can tell anyone about his work. With police detectives on his trail, the killer picks up a woman hitchhiking in the desert, planning to use her in his latest assignment, the murder of a drug kingpin in Mexico. But the killer discovers that his latest "accomplice" is not so eager to cooperate and knows more than he imagines about his life of crime. Desert Saints stars Kiefer Sutherland, Melora Walters, Jamey Sheridan, and Leslie Stefanson.

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Jim Jenkins
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Bill Sage
as Davis
Keith Diamond
as Robinson
Brent Roam
as Concierge
Buddy Quaid
as Attendant
Jonathan Nichols
as Ernesto Zapata
Zach Chapman
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Critic Reviews for Desert Saints

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

... wants to be forties noir and gets lost somewhere between triple crosses.

February 1, 2018 | Full Review…

The movie has a handful of cool moments - punctuated by long and familiar bouts of B-movie machinations, to say nothing of the annoyingly stutter-step narration.

December 4, 2002 | Rating: 52/100

Closer to Flashback than to Freeway, the Kiefer Sutherland vehicle Desert Saints is actually closer to Montana than either.

October 27, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Desert Saints


I watched this simply because I'm a fan of Kiefer Sutherland, especially in his bad ass roles. While for fans of his the film offers some cool moments, it fails overall. The biggest problem is the lead actress, Melora Walters, who is horrendous. Think of the female version of Mark Wahlberg in The Happening. It's that bad. The plot was also largely nonsensical, with very poorly written dialogue that only Sutherland was able to deliver with any believability. The police also have a bad habit of showing up randomly despite having no apparent actionable intelligence, they just know things.

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer


Kiefer Sutherland, the good guy of TV's 24, goes bad in this dusty thriller in which he plays university-educated professional assassin Arthur Banks working his way towards one last hit, employing a help-me-or-I'll-shoot-you kind of charm. His modus operandi involves picking up a woman and forcing her into the accomplice position, but like Jack Bauer in 24, I'm meant to like for him, ignoring his blooded occupation, his lack of conversation and a disinclination to reveal his pearly whites.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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