Vendetta for the Saint
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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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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.
Without repeating the plot breakdown as others have already done well here, suffice to say that if you are a fan of Moore as Bond, you will immediately feel at home with him as The Saint. It's fun catching some of his trademark mannerisms that later showed up in the Bond films as well. And the icing on the cake, as always, is hearing Roger's commentary track. I can't think of an actor who has provided commentary on more of his own work than Roger. He is the epitome of class (onscreen and off) and has a gentle, dry, British humor that is very comforting to take in over a glass (or two) of cognac. He's like the worldly, sophisticated British grandfather I never had, telling fireside stories of his adventures all over the world. Time to pickup The Saint box set!
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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 BondPublished on February 5, 2014 by Constantino Tata
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 morePublished on August 13, 2013 by MO
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 morePublished on March 8, 2013 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 morePublished on January 16, 2013 by Love Our Military Men
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 morePublished on December 24, 2012 by syl
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 MoorePublished on December 29, 2011 by Thomas
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 morePublished on June 24, 2011 by J. G. Lewis
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 morePublished on June 22, 2010 by Charles Justus Garard