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The Saint

Director: Phillip Noyce
Writers: Jonathan Hensleigh and Wesley Strick
Director of Photography:Phil Meheux
Editor:Terry Rawlings
Music:Graeme Revell
Production Designer:Joseph Nemec III
Producers:David Brown, Robert Evans, William J. MacDonald and Mace Neufeld
Paramount; PG-13; 115 minutes
Release:4/97
Cast:Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Rade Serbedzija and Valery Nikolaev
Based on a story by Jonathan Hensleigh

Mission: Impossible immediately comes to mind after suffering through The Saint. Neither should have been remade, both plots were confusing and both boasted sky-high production costs, which made the films look spectacular. But looks are not everything. Kilmer's Simon Templar overdoes his mysteriousness and Shue, though charming and talented, cannot overcome the ridiculous script and a one-dimensional character. Career crook and master of disguise Templar needs to pull off one last job so he can retire a rich man with a $50-million bankroll. Russian billionaire Ivan Tretiak (Serbedzija), who is out to control Russia by seizing the country's energy reserves, hires him to steal the formula for cold fusion from scientist Emma Russell (Shue). No problem, until Templar meets and falls for Russell.


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