The Saint

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Paramount Released 1997

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Director:
Phillip Noyce
Released:
1997
Rating:
PG-13

The Saint stars Val Kilmer as Simon Templar, a mysterious international thief whose real identity is known to no one. Templar grew up in an orphanage full of overly-strict priests who are too quick to punish the children. The children are all given names of saints. As an adult, Simon Templar uses names of saints as his cover whenever he pulls a job. He's a loner who lives by his own rules, traveling the world and engineering elaborate heists requiring a high level of cunning and skill. He plans to retire from his life of crime as soon as his bank account reaches $50,000,000. When a corrupt Russian politician offers him enough money to reach that goal, he gets thrust into a deadly game between his scheming employer and the beautiful, innocent woman he's agreed to steal from. Elisabeth Shue co-stars as Dr. Emma Russell, the scientist with the priceless formula for cold fusion. The Saint is based on the famous series of novels created by Leslie Charteris in 1928, featuring fast-paced action and surprising twists.

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Metacritic Score

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    For the future, the Saint is such an unpleasant and predatory manipulator, it's difficult to root for romance. And when Kilmer's mightily convincing Ice King begins to melt, it's s...

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A generic suspenser that doesn't taste bad at first bite but becomes increasingly hard to swallow, The Saint comes off more as a pallid imitation of Paramount's Eurothriller "Missi...

  • 40

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Loud, frantic, ridiculously overproduced and featuring a preening performance by Val Kilmer as a supposedly brilliant master of disguise, The Saint is sheer overkill.

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