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The Saint

The Saint

Phillip Noyce (1997)

111min
12 Certificate
Sun 11 Dec 2:10pm - 4:10pm Sky Cinema Crime & Thriller
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Review

Our Score
This empty, lumbering spectacular turns author Leslie Charteris's gallant law-breaker into a cat-burgling James Bond clone. Both Val Kilmer, in the title role, and Elisabeth Shue are miscast in a mundane tale about a Russian billionaire who's trying to discover a way to glean energy from tap water. Scientist Shue has the "cold fusion" formula stuffed into her bra and practically the whole of director Phillip Noyce's misjudged fiasco has her and Kilmer being chased by the Russian Mafia. It's sloppily plotted, unexciting and laughable - Kilmer plays the debonair Templar as a cross between Inspector Clouseau and Leslie Phillips - and any episode of the 1960s TV series starring Roger Moore (who pops up as the voice of a newsreader over the end credits) would be infinitely superior to this expensive farrago.

Summary

International thief Simon Templar, a cunning master of disguise with a Swiss bank account almost full enough to retire on, accepts one last job - to steal a female scientist's formula for cold fusion. However, he breaks his own golden rule by getting emotionally involved with the woman, leading to a deadly chase as the pair meet up in Russia and try to flee from the real bad guys. Action adventure, starring Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue and Henry Goodman.

Cast & Crew

Simon Templar Val Kilmer
Dr Emma Russell Elisabeth Shue
Ivan Tretiak Rade Serbedzija
Ilya Tretiak Valery Nikolaev
Dr Lev Botvin Henry Goodman
Chief Inspector Teal Alun Armstrong
Tretiak's aide Michael Byrne
Inspector Rabineau Charlotte Cornwall
Woman on plane Emily Mortimer
Director Phillip Noyce
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK) Guidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD

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