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Vendetta for the Saint (1969)

Roger Moore , Ian Hendry , Jim O'Connolly  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Roger Moore, Ian Hendry, Rosemary Dexter, Aimi MacDonald, George Pastell
  • Directors: Jim O'Connolly
  • Writers: Harry W. Junkin, John Kruse, Leslie Charteris
  • Producers: Roger Moore, Johnny Goodman, Robert S. Baker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI
  • DVD Release Date: August 31, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001Z35LU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,278 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Vendetta for the Saint" on IMDb

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Roger Moore, Ian Hendry. While vacationing in Italy, Simon Templar comes across a mysterious man who claims to be from an aristocratic family-the Mafia. 1969/color/95 min/NR/fullscreen.

Roger Moore starred as novelist Leslie Charteris's globe-trotting, mercenary adventurer Simon Templar in a 1963-67 television series, as well as the subsequent, agreeable TV feature Vendetta for the Saint. Set against an appealingly sunny Sicilian backdrop, Vendetta finds Templar, an elegant thief and ethical busybody, outraged when a British banker is murdered after he recognizes an old colleague-turned-Mafia kingpin. The ruthless crime boss, Alessandro Destamio (Ian Hendry), having faked his death during a staged bank robbery, makes several attempts on Templar's life while the latter probes the villain's business and family. (Of course, being Templar, he also dates Destamio's innocent niece and shares a kiss with the bad guy's beleagured mistress.) Vendetta for the Saint is full of small pleasures, including a nice supporting role by Marco Ponti as a police detective who confides in Templar, and Aimi MacDonald as a lost soul trying to escape Destamio's reach. --Tom Keogh

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An avenging Saint . . . January 21, 2004
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Vendetta for the Saint, published in 1963 was Leslie Charteris's last full length Saint novel. The story was featured as a two-part episode of "The Saint" TV program in 1969. Starring Roger Moore as Simon Templar, the programs were repackaged as a feature, with additional music and opening credits added. Edwin Astley's opening theme is one of his best musical creations for the Saint.
Euston, an Englishman on holiday in Naples, believes that a man in a restaurant is someone he worked with years before. The other man insists that he is mistaken, claiming that his name is "Al Destamio". After the encounter, Templar has a brief chat with Euston, and is extremely troubled the following day when the Englishman turns up dead from a knife wound in the back. Thus starts the '"vendetta", as The Saint is determined to discover why an innocent man died.
The leader of the Mafia is dying and will name a successor soon. Destamio (Ian Hendry) is one of the prime candidates, and can't afford to have Templar snooping around into his past, and orders his lieutenants to eliminate him. Simon continues probing into Destamio's roots, making contact with his non-Mafia family in Sicily, quickly becoming close to his lovely young niece Gina (Rosemary Dexter). A car bomb fails to send The Saint to heaven, but his halo is dented when he is captured while investigating the Destamio family crypt.
Templar's daring escape from the Mafia's mountain stronghold is probably one of the most exciting sequences in the entire series. Dropping down a mountainside, and into the verdant countryside, he is pursued by the full force of the Mafia. Time after time, Templar escapes detection and avoids capture until he reaches safely.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Here's a nod to the always elegant George Sanders, but Roger Moore has to be considered the definitive Simon Templar. Watching Moore breathe life into the "Robin Hood of modern crime," marveling at the wit and charm and unruffled sophistication of his character - and, of course, that ever present twinkle in his eye - well, one can see why he was tapped to succeed Sean Connery as 007.

VENDETTA FOR THE SAINT was first a 1964 novel by Leslie Charteris, although I heard that it was actually ghost written by noted sci-fi author Harry Harrison. This film adaptation was originally a two-part episode which aired in 1969 in THE SAINT's final season, but then re-edited and released theatrically in Europe. For those not yet in the loop, Simon Templar a.k.a. the Saint scours the globe in search of adventure, seeking to redress wrongs, foil villainy, and, yeah, hook up with gorgeous women.

VENDETTA FOR THE SAINT finds Simon embroiled in a case of mistaken identity and assumed identity, the Sicilian Mafia, and (these last two is a given) attempts on his life and run-ins with the local police. As in most of his adventures, it starts with the Saint poking his nose into other people's business. In a restaurant in Naples, Italy, a banker mistakes a man for a longtime friend and fellow co-worker. But the man coldly denies the acquaintanceship, and Simon Templar steps in just in time to save the banker a beating. The next morning Simon learns that the banker has been murdered and, predictably, he can't leave it alone. So there goes the Saint, curiously butting in again. When Simon later sasses a Mafia don, and a femme fatale wonders, "Dear man, have you any idea what you're taking on?" - well, I wanted to grouse at the screen, "Woman, do you not ever watch this show?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great looking copy with excellent commentary June 21, 2012
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If you've already got these two episodes in your Saint Megaset or something you might think you can skip this DVD, but don't do it! This DVD includes a great running commentary by Roger Moore, Johnny Goodman (Assoc. Producer), Bob Baker (Producer) and Marcus Hearn (author of "The Hammer Story").

I don't know when they did the commentary, but all the speakers are in fine form. I know on some older movies the commentators are a little too old to remember anything interesting, but that's certainly not the case here.

So if you're a Saint fan at all, add this DVD to your collection just for the commentary.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best May 7, 2009
Great DVD, good sound. This is one of the best Saint movies I have
seen. Some real smart action by Roger Moore. You will love this
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vendetta for the Saint is awesome December 22, 2008
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Recently, we read Roger Moore's book "My Word is my Bond" and thanks to this excellent biography of all the work accomplished by Roger Moore, we became familiar with movies we had never seen by our favorite... Bond, James Bond. So, we are trying to see all his films.

In Vendetta for the Saint, Roger Moore stars with Ian Hendry, Rosemary Dexter, Aimi MacDonald and George Pastell as Simon Templar, the character he played for the TV series that aired from 1963 through 1967.

Vendetta for the Saint is supposed to be taking place in Italy, but after reading the segment where Roger Moore talks about the popularity of the Saint overseas and how they decided to take advantage by filming for the International market, we discover that the movie is filmed in Malta, a small and densely populated European microstate that comprises an archipelago of seven islands. Situated off the coast of Sicily, Malta is in the Mediterranean Sea, with the right climate to appear to be Italy's Palermo.

The movie starts with an elegant Mafia kingpin, recognized by a British banker who sits at the bar where Simon Templar is having a drink, and yet, the man negates to be such person. We soon realize that something is wrong because the banker who recognized the true identity of the mafia boss is killed to prevent him from revealing his name.

The plot centers on the man claiming to be Alessandro Destamio, played by Ian Hendry, who seemed to have been part of a bank robbery where he is supposedly killed and his face left unrecognizable.

Now, he is about to become the Mafia Don and he tries to eliminate those that may prevent him from achieving this status. Simon Templar is attacked several times, but he is able to survive all attempts on his life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated classic series
I first learned of this series while reading Sir Roger Moore's excellent autobiography "My Word Is My Bond", and knew I would have to have it, as I have been a huge lifelong fan of... Read more
Published 18 days ago by CJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Saint story
If you like the Saint with Roger Moore you will like this. As usual, he solves the mystery with all the charm and grace that made him a great Saint and James Bond
Published 8 months ago by Constantino Tata
5.0 out of 5 stars Roger Moore will.
The saint played by Roger Moore in this old flick is very stunning because of the actions he provides and the pursuit of the bad guys in Italy,it is however a complete saint series... Read more
Published 14 months ago by MO
4.0 out of 5 stars Moore was the Saint for the sixties and on!
I recommend this telefilm of Roger as the Saint (Simon Templar) as a way to get the chance to know why he is considered the one and only actor to truly capture the character. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Pulpman
I am a big "SAINT" fan, so this is really good news to see this available on instant video. This was/is a great 1969 ITC production that centered on the Leslie Charteris literary... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Love Our Military Men
4.0 out of 5 stars An agreeable movie
lots of style and personality...I liked it and would easily recommend this movie; am thinking about picking another up for my mom since she had a huge crush on Roger Moore as a... Read more
Published 22 months ago by syl
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Would of like to know if it was part of the Seasons of the Saint. It's been awhile since I got this DVD. love it, LOVE Roger Moore
Published on December 29, 2011 by Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Roger Moore in his defining role as "The Saint"
If you have never watched one episode of "the Saint" series, here is an excellent opportunity to sample this wonderful 1960's British production. Read more
Published on June 24, 2011 by J. G. Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars Roger Moore as TV's THE SAINT in feature-length teleplay
I ordered this TV-made film on DVD because I wanted to watch it again in one lump showing, not divided up into two parts. Read more
Published on June 22, 2010 by Charles Justus Garard
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