The Saint

April 4th, 1997


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Simon Templar has no real family, no real home and Simon Templar isn't even his real name. Yet Simon Templar ...

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 5.9/10 (33,297 voted)

Critic's Score: 50/100

Director: Phillip Noyce

Stars: Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Rade Serbedzija

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.

Writers: Leslie Charteris, Jonathan Hensleigh

Val Kilmer - Simon Templar
Elisabeth Shue - Dr. Emma Russell
Rade Serbedzija - Ivan Tretiak
Valeriy Nikolaev - Ilya Tretiak (as Valery Nikolaev)
Henry Goodman - Dr. Lev Botvin
Alun Armstrong - Inspector Teal
Michael Byrne - Vereshagin, Tretiak's Aide
Yevgeni Lazarev - President Karpov (as Evgeny Lazarev)
Irina Apeksimova - Frankie (as Irina Apeximova)
Lev Prygunov - General Sklarov (as Lev Prigunov)
Charlotte Cornwell - Inspector Rabineau
Emily Mortimer - Woman on Plane
Lucija Serbedzija - Russian Prostitute
Velibor Topic - Skinhead
Tommy Flanagan - Scarface

Taglines: Never reveal your name. Never turn your back. Never surrender your heart.


Official Website: Paramount Pictures |

Release Date: 4 April 1997

Filming Locations: Foreign Affairs Ministry building, Moscow, Russia

Box Office Details

Budget: $68,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $16,278,873 (USA) (6 April 1997) (2307 Screens)

Gross: $169,500,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The voice of the radio announcer at the end of the film is Roger Moore, who played the Saint on British television in the 1960s before going on to greater fame as James Bond in the 1970s.

Continuity: When Emma enters Simon's English country house she leaves the door wide open and continues into the room. In a subsequent shot, the door is closed.

Ivan Tretiak: Yes?
Dr. Lev Botvin: I have run every test on this cold fusion formula and most conclude that it is not merely incomplete, but rather impossible. You may as well try to create perpetual motion Mr.Tretiak.
Ivan Tretiak: I invest millions, and you can't make it work! What are you doing with my money? Do you think... it comes so easy? No!
Dr. Lev Botvin: But sir, I have been working for nearly two weeks without sleep. At first blush, the theorem appears quite impressive, convincing.
Ivan Tretiak: It does? Yes... It does. Good man, we can use it to destroy our enemies. Only Dr.Russell can spoil my plan

User Review

A guilty pleasure


I love this movie. As a movie buff, I must admit, objectively, this is a bad movie. The writing is ridiculous, the plot is convoluted, and Val Kilmer's accents are bizarre. But I love this movie. It is that wonderful combination of danger and romance that makes for great fantasy. The chemistry between Kilmer and Shue holds this movie together. It is a delight to watch them realize that their skin deep attraction goes much deeper. If you can suspend your disbelief and just enjoy the ride, the Saint is a fun movie. Despite its flaws, the Saint is a guilty pleasure to indulge in when your own life is lacking in explosions, gun fights, and sudden, passionate romances.