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The Saint

4.4 out of 5 stars 350 customer reviews

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Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue. The dark and mysterious thief and master of disguise gets tangled in a web of love and intrigue with the beautiful scientist he is supposed to be protecting in this thrilling remake based on the classic TV series that starred Roger Moore. 1997/color/118 min/PG-13/widescreen.

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  • Actors: Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Rade Serbedzija, Valeriy Nikolaev, Henry Goodman
  • Directors: Phillip Noyce
  • Writers: Jonathan Hensleigh, Leslie Charteris, Wesley Strick
  • Producers: David Brown, Lis Kern, Mace Neufeld, Paul Hitchcock
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 1998
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (350 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305127646
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,189 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Saint" on IMDb

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Format: VHS Tape
Just the other night I caught "The Saint" on television, and I was rapt. Aside from the movies ride through Russia, and the ingenious escape methods of Val Kilmer's character, Simon Templar, a theif with interesting disguises and gadgets, it is the love story that has taken me. Elisabeth Shue's character makes your heart ache: someone so beautiful to be so alone and in search for the magic of love. The chemistry between Kilmer and Shue is absolutely overwhelming, and it makes me wonder why I have read so many critic reviews on this movie that have shot it to the dirt? Why listen to critics anyway? What exactly do they expect? This is a movie where you have to see the beauty and the fun that it displays, and understand the purity and magnificence of true, spirited love. Critics can dog this movie all they want, where it's action may not excite the "Armageddon" fans, and it's suspense may not grip the "Scream" fans, the excellence of this movie is left for those who can relate to it. In this world that lacks magic, is filled with disappointments, and sad, repeititive activities, this movie is the spice that anyone's life can use. Yes, critics, shake your heads in disgust, just know that The Saint's love story alone by far trascends the over-rated greatness of "Titanic" and other such movies that everyone went mad over. Judge a movie by what it gives to you, not by what you expect of it. "The Saint" is definitly 1 of very few movies that will soon be entering my movie collection.
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I really liked this film, and yes, I have seen the series with Roger Moore. I note that the reviews here so far seem to fall into two camps: people who never saw the series, and loved the film, and people who loved the series, and just can't get over their disappointment that their beloved character wasn't faithfully portrayed on the big screen.
No, Val Kilmer's Simon Templar is not the same as Roger Moore's. but this isn't really such a bad thing. The movie is a really nice, underrated spy thriller. It's got action, romance, exotic locals, love-to-hate-em villains, a likeable hero, and a plot that doesn't strain suspension of disbelief too far. What more do you want in a popcorn movie?
I'll admit, if you're a real fan of the series or the books it might have been nice to have a movie that reflects the original a little more faithfully. But it might be well to recognize that the series was not without its faults as well. For one thing, it always bothered my about the series that Simon Templar is an unadulterated good guy, who never, ever does anything really criminal or base or rotten, yet everywhere he goes, the local authorities are watching him like hawks, as though he is some kind of arch criminal.
I'm also rather thrown for a loop that some of the reviewers here blast the movie for being unbelievable, and then decry Val Kilmer's Simon Templar because he's not like the "real" Saint. True, this version is not all that faithful to the spirit of Leslie Charteris' character, but that Saint was a freelance, adventuring do-gooder, a man who read the papers eager to find a cause to involve himself in. His moral code was strong, and his motives were also pure: he would never hurt, steal from, or kill anyone who doesn't completely deserve it.
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For some reason, The Saint was not the hugest hit at the box office. After buying the video and watching it many times, I wonder why.
The acting was great. Val Kilmar once again proves that he is one of the most multi-dimensional actors of our time. Just think of all the different TYPES of roles that he's played in movies over the years. In The Saint, he gets to assume even more roles with his constant disguise changes and varying voice inflections. Elizabeth Shue was great as well. Her character was both smart and a little out of it, and I guess if I were designing a genius character for a movie, it would be like that: smart in their field, but a little out of touch with the world. The bad guys also did a great job.
The story is fun and exciting, a little unbelievable, but hey, that's why we go see movies, right? There's gadgets, humor, suspense, romance...it's all here. The Saint had all the makings of a classic.
Fans of the TV series will get a kick out of Roger Moore being the radio voice at the end. I feel that overall the makers of the movie did an admirable job of taking the Saint story and fitting it into the 1990's while staying true to the original idea.
GREAT movie. Bravo!
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Short story: Val Kimler makes this absolutely worth it.
Long story: Yes, it may be a weak throwback to the notorious Saint comics and all that. So what. The movie is modern, stylish and always keeps you on the edge with its elaborate pseudo-politics, intriguing ideas and rehashed romantic mishmash.
Whenever it starts to drag Kilmer turns up in a new disguise and that alone carries the film through to its next thrill. Not to mention that the chemistry between Shue and Kilmer is hot enough to sizzle a steak.
Add to that mix a high-octane Prodigy-induced sountrack and you've got a fun flick with an exciting roulette of action and suspense.
Highly recommended rental.
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sequel needed...
But the story wrapped up fairly well. It would suck to have one of those sequels where they ignore the fact that the main character stayed with the love interest at the end.
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