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Plot: Simon Templar (The Saint), is a thief for hire, whose latest job to steal the secret process for cold fusion puts him at odds with a traitor bent on toppling the Russian government, as well as the woman who holds its secret. Runtime: 116 mins Release Date: 04 Apr 1997
"You don't believe any of this cold fusion mumbo jumbo do you" (by max391983)
The Saint starring Val Kilmer is one of my all time favourites I can watch it again and again and again!The Saint is hired by Russian gangsters to get a secret cold fusion formula from a brilliant, beautiful and young scientist played by Elisabeth Shue. Anyway he falls in love and has to outwit the dangerous gangsters.Val Kilmer plays the eccentric master thief the Saint who has a dark past and an impressive talent for disguise. All the different characters the Saint disguises himself as are memorable. I personally like heroes with a dark past who aren't perfect and have suffered to <more>
become who they are today.The chemistry on screen between Val Kilmer and Elisabeth Shue is excellent - and well Elisabeth Shue is beautiful! This is such a fun feel good film although it does have dark elements to it that gets better every time I watch it and personally I do find some characters touching especially the Saint himself who Val Kilmer plays perfectly.This film has a bit of everything - romance, comedy, drama, suspense and action and is definitely worth renting and is definitely in my collection!
I thoroughly enjoyed this film and not just because of Val Kilmer's accomplishment at successfully being eye-candy, but also because of the amazing personality transformations his character goes through in front of the mirror. The story line itself is pretty impressive and I loved that although it keeps you guessing, you don't end up wondering, "What the hell is going on?' The science side is played down enough for the audience to know it's there but not to get distracted by its details. I don't know if the theory actually works, but after watching the film I <more>
don't really care - that isn't the point of the movie.The thing that surprised me the most though was the leading female scientist, played by Elisabeth Shue. It's obvious from the start that she's going to be the 'love interest' but her characters personality always puts a question to the question, will they actually end up together. She's shy and nervous of people, but is incredibly open, honest and warmly lovable - an almost perfect contrast to Kilmer's über-suave, identity-confused, international thief-for-hire/spy. But that's the very thing that makes them ideal for each other, they might just be able to help each other with their character flaws and so you root for them both on a rather grand scale.I was vaguely baffled by the inclusion of random, suffering Russian civilians towards the latter half of the film, but considering that they were a film device to make the baddie look bad, the goodie look good and the 'common people trapped in the middle' look down right fantastic, they do their job rather well apart from one woman who rats out our hero . All in all, they makes sure the audience are still caring if the common people are helped by the good guy, and hoping that the bad guy will eventually get his comeuppance. However, back to my original point. I still think that the film's main achievement is putting Val Kilmer in an interesting role that shows off just how good he can be; he's observant, yet unobservable; seductive, yet not a cad; confident but riddled with insecurities. Moreover, in the early stages of the film, British students are no longer misrepresented as drunken, whoring lay-abouts, but as attentive learners who actually show up for lectures. Impressive stuff.Yours Sincerely, A Proud British Student.
great cast, good plot highly underrated movie classic (by Lord-Angelis)
This film upon first viewing might not bowl you over as I thought it only o.k however after watching it many times I began to see just how good a movie it really was. Firstly you have fantastic locations which I must admit generally don't draw the out the movie going public out in huge droves but do help the movie in my eyes, then you have the cast, Val kilmer makes a fantastic Simon Templer although I was'nt the biggest fan of the tv series upon which the movie is based so have no basis for comparison, which is probably a good thing as comparing actors again'st other actors who <more>
once filled the role can make the viewers decide its going to be awful before even giving it a chance.... to cut a long story short I'll say this..... good plot, great cast especially Val Kilmer pulling off the cool, dark and secretive character he portrays and last of all excellent locations all I can say is view it as a new movie and not a modern remake and see what you think.
Back in the sixties Roger Moore don the persona of Simon Templar, known to his fans as The Saint. From the small tube to the Silver Screen, our hero has arisen to a modern audience. With the superb talents of Val Kilmer, the saint is out to accomplish two goals. First he attempts to secure his life-long ambition of amassing $1 billion dollars, and second to perform three miracles. In the process, he encounters both friends and life threatening villains. In this episode, the Saint attempts to save the crumbling Soviet Empire' energy supply, by revamping the scientific and long sought-after <more>
formula of Cold Fusion. In this story, he helps brainy, Dr. Lev Botvin, Henry Goodman perfect the celebrated formula of Physist Emma Russell, Elisabeth Shue . The re-energized formula will replenish Russia's dwindling energy and save the Premiere of Russia from the anti-government villains played adroitly by Rade Serbedzija , Ivan Tretiak, Valeri Nikolayev and Vereshagin Michael Byrne , the archenemies of Templar. Alun Armstrong is believable as Inspector Teal. The film is fast paced and action oriented with plenty of drama, guns, explosions and international intrigue. Kilmer is fantastic and I believe this will become a classic among all the great films of his career. ****
The Saint is a good movie. It's Mission Impossible meets James Bond. The disguises are very hot and Val Kilmer give an excellent performance. This is not a great suspense but it's interesting the way the action goes. I know the movie is not like the TV Series with Roger Moore but it's a 1990s Saint and not a 1950-60s Saint. See this movie and enjoy it.8 out of 10
why idiotic "Titanic" makes it big and a awesome little flick like this does not (by evangeline)
why idiotic "Titanic" makes it big and a awesome little flick like this does not is way beyond me! I was looking at America's top 50 of all time and I am seeing Titanic, Forest Gump, Lion King, Jurassic Park- and it totally blows my mind that these turkeys are up there. Can anyone even watch these nowadays? Or My Big Fat Greek Wedding? s****y movies all around....and then there are a bunch that are nicely done, nicely acted- like Kalifornia, Dark City, The Saint, 13th Floor, A.Ferrara's The Funeral, etc- that somehow fall by the sidelinesgo figure
Return of an icon (by jackie-107)
I watched this on TV out of nostalgic remembrance of the classic TV Saint series with Roger Moore which I grew up with in the 1960s. Not expecting similarity but hoping for some swashbuckling action in Simon Templar style, I was not disappointed. A thoroughly enjoyable Saturday evening viewing with a stylish Val Kilmer an actor I'm not familiar with who combined the Templar characteristics with James Bond finesse very well, and a cute Elizabeth Shue playing her part in the manner of the unlikely earlier Saint female leads I've never seen a mini-skirted, sexy blonde scientific <more>
genius in all my years spent in Oxford! but adding her own feisty zest to the proceedings.I particularly liked tongue-in-cheek references such as the repeat use of the first bars of the original Saint theme tune interrupting the background music, and the stick-pin Emma produces at the end which mimics the original Saint logo, and the voice of Roger Moore on the final voice-over car radio. I also liked the device of imagining a childhood background for Simon Templar. The original character and I have read all the books has a suitably hazy and enigmatic past of which his readers as well as the other characters including his girlfriend Pat and sidekick Hoppy Uniatz know nothing about. Adam Smith made an angelic young Simon and the orphanage setting was highly appropriate.Altogether an under-rated movie.
I remember the first time I saw this was on TV, I wasn't holding out much hope for it but then after watching it I was impressed. I've just watched it again after getting it on DVD and it's still a really fun film. I think that as a one off movie spin off from the original series it does brilliantly.The array of disguises that Val Kilmer goes through is the face enjoyment but past that I found that most of my enjoyment came from not so much a relation to Val Kilmer's character but just strangely wanting him to succeed. Along the same lines as when I watch a Bond movie, for all <more>
the same reasons due to many similarities between the two.Although some parts of the film the intro and ending are maybe brief I think they do well to set up what we want to know and see and leave the main focus of the movie on the central plot.Overall a good fun movie and a happy DVD purchase :
Let's face it. 'The Saint' is a film without a complicated story, without over elaborated special FX, without super-special costumes or immense stages. Yet, the result is very professional, and very positive. And 'The Saint' is one of those films that make you feel glad for the existence of Cinema. Val Kilmer, as Simon, and Elisabeth Shue, as Emma, give to their characters their very own souls. Despite the fact that 'The Saint' is basically an action film, the characters do not lack emotions, and do not appear lifeless. On the contrary, they're very human and <more>
realistic. And this is what makes the film so simple, yet so great. Feelings of happiness and sorrow, joy and depression, fear and courage, are mixed up-as in real life-in a story of adventure and romance, with a lot of funny moments too which captivates our total interest. As previously mentioned, special Fx or costumes, photography or art designing, are not an extraordinary aspect of the film. But that doesn't mean in any way, that a good job hasn't been done in these areas. What is a little more special and should be mentioned, is the very emotional music score, a perfect match for the film. In conclusion, it is safe to say that 'The Saint' is a film that very few won't enjoy. "The Saint" is a great film for those we seek two hours of action, feelings and joyful smiles. As simple as that...