The Saint

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The Saint Review


The Next Big Franchise [Well, I guess not - Ed.] hits theaters this Friday, with all the trappings of a sequel-destined event. Infused with a backstory to set up the past of its nameless hero (Val Kilmer) as something of a "rogue James Bond with a guilty conscience and a Volvo," The Saint is as improbable as it is entertaining. With a plot revolving around a successful cold fusion experiment developed by miniskirt-clad scientist Emma (Elizabeth Shue) and the Russian Mafia's enlisting of the Saint to "steal the formula," it would be easy to sit back and laugh at the film's goofiness. However, Kilmer comes off as so engrossing and delivers his wryly hilarious lines with such precision that you end up forgetting the bad techno soundtrack and the series of unlikely coincidences that drive the picture to its inevitable end. And while that obviously-altered-to-make-it-happy ending is truly annoying, it's The Saint's combination of action and comedy that make it a worthwhile trip.

One dirty Shue.



The Saint

Facts and Figures

Run time: 116 mins

In Theaters: Friday 4th April 1997

Budget: $68M

Distributed by: Paramount

Production compaines: Paramount Pictures, Rysher Entertainment, Mace Neufeld Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 30%
Fresh: 13 Rotten: 31

IMDB: 6.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , , William J. MacDonald,

Starring: as Simon Templar, as Emma Russell, as Ivan Tretiak, Valeri Nikolayev as Ilya Tretiak, as Dr. Lev Botvin, as Inspector Teal, as Vereshagin, Tretiak's Aide, Yevgeni Lazarev as President Karpov, Irina Apeksimova as Frankie (as Irina Apeximova), as General Sklarov (as Lev Prigunov), as Inspector Rabineau, as Woman on Plane, Lucija Šerbedžija as Russian Prostitute, as Skinhead, as Scarface, Egor Pazenko as Scratchface, Adam Smith as Young Simon Templar, Pat Laffan as Catholic Priest, Verity-Jane Dearsley as Agnes, Michael Marquez as Boy in Orphanage, Lorelei King as TV Reporter, Alla Kazanskaya as Old Russian Lady, Ronnie Letham as Old Russian Man, Tusse Silberg as Prostitute's Mother, Peter Guinness as Frankie's Curator, Stefan Gryff as President's Aide, Malcolm Tierney as Russian Doctor

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