The Saint

1997

The Saint

Critics Consensus

The Saint is watchable thanks to Kilmer and Shue, but the muddled screenplay stretches credulity.

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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. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast

Val Kilmer
as Simon Templar
Elisabeth Shue
as Dr. Emma Russell
Rade Serbedzija
as Ivan Tretiak
Valery Nikolaev
as Ilya Tretiak
Henry Goodman
as Dr. Lev Botvin
Alun Armstrong
as Chief Insp. Teal
Michael Byrne
as Tretiak's Aide, Vereshagin
Lev Prigunov
as Gen. Sklarov
Charlotte Cornwell
as Insp. Rabineau
Emily Mortimer
as Woman on Plane
Lev Prygunov
as General Sklarov
Lucija Serbedzija
as Russian Prostitute
Adam Smith
as Young Simon Templar
Pat Laffan
as Catholic Priest
Evgeniy Lazarev
as President Karpov
Velibor Topic
as Skinhead
Yegor Pozenko
as Scratchface
Michael Marquez
as Boy in Orphanage
Lorelei King
as TV Reporter
Alla A. Kazanskaya
as Old Russian Lady
Ronnie Letham
as Old Russian Man
Tusse Silberg
as Prostitute's Mother
Peter Guinness
as Frankie's Curator
Stefan Gryff
as President's Aide
Malcolm Tierney
as Russian Doctor
Stephen Tiller
as Russian Policeman
Christopher Rozycki
as Russian Chief of Police
Etela Pardo
as President Karpov's Wife
Nikolai Veselov
as Red Square Tramp
David Schneider
as Rat Club Comedian
Oxana Popkova
as Ilya's Girlfriend
Agnieszka Liggett
as Rat Club Party Girl
Lydia Zovkic
as Rat Club Beauty
Alexander Tutin
as Russian Colonel
Vadim Stepashkin
as Russian Soldier
Ravil Isyanov
as Tretiak Guard
Alexander Kadanyov
as Tretiak Security Guard
Petar Vidovic
as Tretiak's Builder
Susan Porrett
as Orphanage Nun
Cliff Parisi
as Pub Waiter
Richard Cubison
as Customs Officer
Tony Armatrading
as Customs Officer
Benjamin Whitrow
as Chairman at Oxford
Julian Rhind-Tutt
as Young Student
Kate Isitt
as Second Student
Barbara Jefford
as Academic Woman
Sean O'Kane
as Running Student
Lucy Akhurst
as Policewoman
Nigel Clauzel
as Marine Guard
Eric Loren
as Embassy Official
William Hope
as State Department Official
Michael Cochrane
as Cold Fusion Broker
Ginny Holder
as Jamaican Video Girlfriend
AKIKO
as Japanese Video Girlfriend
Melissa Knatchbull
as English Video Girlfriend
Caroline Lee Johnson
as Private Hotel Receptionist
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Audience Reviews for The Saint

  • Feb 11, 2016
    Surprisingly decent. I thought this was going to suck, but I actually enjoyed this. There's just something really special about 90s action movies...most of them are not particularly good, but for some reason, they're just so much fun to watch!
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2011
    The Saint, for me is a borderline decent action film. The ideas in the film, are good, but poorly executed, and feel kinda cheesy, yet there's something appealing the film too. The Saint for all its flaws, is a fun film to watch. The acting leaves a lot to be desired, but somehow the film is entertaining enough to be a passable action film. I agree that this film is uneven, but there are far worst films than The Saint out there. Val Kilmer give a decent performance, but one that is forgettable as well. The Saint is a cheesy action film that you have to watch when you want to be a mindless movie night where you pick something that doesn't have much plot. The Saint is a cool decent flick, but because there a lot of flaws with the film. Especially that now, watching the film today, the film looks dated all around. The film hasn't aged well. I was surprised at the names involved in this film, and considering that this film isn't good or excellent, it's just decent I was surprised to see actors like Michael Byrne in this. The Saint for all it's imperfection is entertaining, I liked it, but I wouldn't call it a good film. Like I said earlier, it's a decent flick at best. Nothing special on screen
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2011
    Hard to believe there was a time when studios were banking on Val Kilmer to kill at the box office during the key summer months. I've never read any of 'The Saint' series, but I have to believe he was a more dynamic & charismatic individual than portrayed here. Philip Noyce brings a few thrills to the screen but not enough to stick in my memory.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2010
    This is one of my favorite Val Kilmer movie of all time. Simon is a loner and a thief who uses many false identities and names of Catholic saints. He has committed many crimes without ever getting caught. When he is to steal a formula recipe made by scientist Emma, things get a little complicated because he falls in love with her. The movie is very thrilling and one can't wait to see what happens next. Val Kilmer and Elisabeth Shue do an awesome job.
    Naughtia N Super Reviewer

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