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The Saint

6.21 h 56 min1997X-RayPG-13
When a young female scientist discovers a secret that will enable corrupt billionaire Ivan Tretiak to assume power of the new Russian Empire, thief for hire Simon Templar must fight to protect her and the secret – at all costs.
Phillip Noyce
Val KilmerElisabeth ShueRade Serbedzija
Science FictionAction
English [CC]
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David BrownWilliam J. MacDonaldRobert EvansMace Neufeld
Paramount Pictures Corp.
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.6 out of 5 stars

1750 global ratings

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  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
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  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
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Ryan S.Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
It may be an older movie, but you wouldn't know otherwise, a true masterpiece of a film!
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Val's best movie... Ties with Ghost in the Darkness and Tombstone!
It's one of the least know movies from the 1990's and it's one of the absolute best movies from the 1990's. The movie has aged quite well and if you're into a good movie with interesting characters that you can literally feel, you'll do yourself a favor by purchasing the movie because you'll replay it forever!

I love this movie and I will recommend it to everyone. No cursing and zero nudity, the movie sells itself. Elizabeth Shue and Val Kilmer's performance will never leave your memory.

10 out of 10
24 people found this helpful
VibrationalWorldReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is a Movie Worth Watching. . .
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It is entertaining, funny, thrilling, exciting, even though it is fictional story the characters make it more believable. I felt the actors where all cast appropriately for their parts. The whole story is well paced, with very little lag, no real boring parts. The romance between Simon an Emma is quite complicated, awkward, funny, romantic, distrustful, and then finally trustful.

The only part I felt that I had little hard time with was Simon gaining Emma's trust, that was awkward and a little unbelievable, but I will let that one go as there are few other areas where "artistic license" is used such as the blowing up of the Range Rover and only the Russian Mafia getting hurt but not Simon.

Over all the movie is fun, I enjoyed it; this is one of those movie that I don't mind watching over and over again.
20 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on January 11, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Predictable story and Templar's disguises are horrible
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Simon Templar known as The Saint was based upon a series of mystery novels that were turned into various movies and TV shows. This version featured Val Kilmer as Templar who is a high-end thief and a master of disguise. Templar is hired by a Russian oligarchy named Ivan Tretiak (Rade Serbedzija) to steal a cold fusion formula from the scientist Dr. Emma Russell (Elisabeth Shue).

Here’s the thing. When this movie came out in 1997 Kilmer’s good looks and all the disguises he put on might have been enough to propel this story but watching it today a lot of it comes off very cheesy. Many of the characters he creates just seem ridiculous like a smooth talking African. The other big problem is that the story is very predictable. Templar and Russell are going to fall for each other and complicated his deal with Tretiak. So if you know what’s going to happen and Templar’s disguises are whack there’s no real draw for this film.
9 people found this helpful
J. P.Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun Soldier of Fortune Film
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I think this is a fun film. The mix of saint names and the many disguises are worthy of our wildest dreams of espionage. The romance is sort of fun, but the genius scientist sure falls quickly for the funky stranger (she walks right into his trap). Yet, this conquest would cost the saint more than he bargains for. This film is entertaining and fun if you're seeking a light plot. The storyline won't twist your brain into knots; this film is a feel-good clandestine romp across Europe.
7 people found this helpful
rotrohaReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely awful
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This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I was so disappointed because I liked the typical "The Saint" genre of films and TV series, but this was nothing like those productions. The plot was not in the least bit interesting, the characters were ridiculous and laughable, it was boring...I could go on and on about all the things wrong with this movie. It was all I could do to watch it to the end. I shouldn't have bothered wasting my time. Simply awful.
6 people found this helpful
Andrew "Big Ugly' HaleReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Could Be More Magical
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I think this story could have worked as a good fairytale-like romance with two unwanted orphans finding that they are wanted by each other, living with his capers and her fleeting flings of passion. Unfortunately, our dear Agnes is killed in the first 6 minutes.

Fortunately, Elizabeth Shue was a good cast for the love interest. Beyond that, Kilmer and Shue made for an odd couple. The feeling was similar to Indiana Jones but not as magical in the delivery. Worth a watch but could probably be done better with production.
2 people found this helpful
Rick JamesReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Starts off fairly well but. . .
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There's a decent action scene at the start of the movie but it quickly plunges into a cheesy love story. Boy oh boy does this movie look and feel older than it is. The acting is a huge disappointment considering the lead actors. Considering this movie, it's not hard to see why Kilmer faded away. I never read the source material. Either way, it's not a very good movie. It looks and feels like it's from 1985 or something. They should have dialed up the tense action scenes where "The Saint" is displaying his cunning as a thief of objects not hearts. Cheese bomb!
4 people found this helpful
R. HewittReviewed in the United States on April 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Val Kilmer is infinitely better than Roger Moore
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As a kid I used to watch the TV series The Saint with Roger Moore. While I really enjoyed its over-the-top stories, the intentionally cartoonish style (similar to 007), and the "bad-boy" vibe, dumb as a rock Roger Moore never made a convincing Simon Templar. Val Kilmer is a much better presence in this role.

The movie is long and frenetic, with near-death experiences piled one a top another until, honestly, I just wanted it to stop. Despite that, it's an enjoyable remake of an old classic.

5/5 for Kilmer as Templar and 4/5 for wearing out its viewers
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