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The Saint

Year: 1997
Studio: Paramount
Director: Phillip Noyce
Producer: Robert Evans
Writer: Jonathan Hensleigh/Wesley Strick
Cast: Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Rade Serbedzija
Back when the craze for remaking old TV shows into movies was relatively new we got a lot of films like this – uninspired, unengaging and with no reason to exist other than a title that might bring in a few suckers.

Val Kilmer takes Roger Moore's role as the debonair thief Simon Templar without any of Moore's flair or elegance. He's commissioned to steal a top secret energy source for the Russian Mafia and when he falls for the scientist working on it (Shue) his employers set out to silence him.

From there it turns into a generic chase thriller with Templar employing various disguises (the only link to the TV show by that stage) to win the day and get the girl.

This the sort of film director Noyce was thinking of when he came back to Australia to work on movies like Rabbit Proof Fence and save his soul from The Machine.

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