The role of The Saint (aka Simon Templar) was made famous by Roger Moore in the 1960s and Val Kilmer played the character in an under-rated movie from Phillip Noyce in 1997. The character is based on a series of novels by author Leslie Charteris
Noyce’s The Saint didn’t get great reviews from critics when it opened in April 1997 – a shame because it’s actually a fun flick with great performances from Val Kilmer and Elizabeth Shue. It has the same tone as Mission: Impossible (another Paramount Picture), which was released the previous year to better reviews and bigger box office. In an alternate world, we’d be on The Saint 6 by now.
The film also features a wonderful score from Graeme Revelle and the soundtrack album, The Saint: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack features a host of great tunes, including Out of My Mind by Duran Duran and 6 Underground by the Sneaker Pimps.
The Saint grossed $61.3 million at the US box office and over $118 million globally in 1997.