The Saint
Crime, Action, Adventure
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Simon West
Thomas Kretschmann as Rayt Marius
Melissa Bolona as Guest Star
Ian Ogilvy as The Fixer
Yani Gellman as Doyle Cosentino
Enrique Murciano as Inspector John Henry Fernack
Roger Moore as Jasper
Jason Brooks as Captain Miller
Adam Rayner as Simon Templar
Kirsty Mitchell as Mrs. Templar
Greg Grunberg as Detective Garces
Beatrice Rosen as Katherine Valecross
Eliza Dushku as Patricia Holm
Sammi Hanratty as Zooey Valecross
James Remar as Arnold Valecross
Oliver Bell as Young Simon Templar
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Stylish and fun.
This is a good version of the Leslie Charteris character, The Saint. Some other idiots on IMDb have given this a terrible review, but I think this movie was well written, stylish, fun and full of the feel of the 60's version, executed to the fullest on a moderate budget. Adam Rayner as Simon Templar is a very worthy choice. If any Simon Templar movie is rubbish, it would be that appalling effort with Val Kilmer.

I give this (TV) movie 10/10, it was a shame that a series was never made with this cast.
Trying too hard and failing .
This completely misses the point.

First: Artistically this is nothing like Charteris's creation. The chap was not a spy/secret agent/military person but a Gentleman Adventurer with a certain class and insouciance. Which was conveyed by the author's wit and writing style and literary influences. It is risible when American writing 'bots try to turn everything into clichéd shoot-em-up/lots or guns-we-gotta-have-a-car-crash/explosion-just-here'

If you are a fan of Charteris and the Saint and Bulldog Drummond and Richard Hannay etc, read the books and encourage your children to read books also.

In conclusion. Anything American is dross.

See:"the author's wit and writing style and literary influences".
A Fun Ride
IMHO, no one can ever replace The Saint himself, Roger Moore in the title role, and the series. But this incarnation has its own charm and fun. Adam Rayner brings his own style and interpretation, giving a fresh take on the classic. Watch it without attachment to the original series, then you can enjoy it for what it is. I most certainly did and so glad I watched it.
Interesting but disappointing attempt to revive The Saint
After the truly awful 1997 rendition of The Saint, it was entertaining to watch something that actually hearkened back to the early Charteris novels with Patricia Holm, and mention of a various police entities across America and Europe who want Simon Templar arrested. The banter between Rayner and Dushku is pretty good; and (spoiler alert) it's all the more amusing to have two former "Saints"—Ogilvy and Moore—as villains aligned against him. But it feels like a pilot episode for a series where Templar will forever be chasing after "The Brotherhood", and that really wasn't him at all. That's the trouble with all of these reboots: they can't just let Simon Templar be Simon Templar, the thief who steals from thieves.
More like the BOOKS...
"The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." L.P. Hartley.

And this fact means that any attempt to lift the Saint from the period his books were written ('29-ish to '63-ish) to the present, is doomed to failure.

But "The Saint" (2017 TVM). has a damn fine go at it. Indeed it owes more to the books than the various small and big screen outings that have peppered the years.

For a start, Simon's on/off girlfriend (live-in; advanced for the time) from the early books – Patricia Holm – features strongly. And Rayt Marius appears (somewhat younger than the original character). While Fernack turns up and even Teal is referenced (but sadly, not seen).

Templer is played by stubbly-chinned Adam Rayner. Thus far, after a Shakespearian background, he has starred in the short-lived mini-seasoned "Tyrant" (from the same stable as "Homeland") and featured in "Notorious" (another cancelled mini-season series).

Pat is played by the gorgeous Eliza Dushku. American, with Albanian, Danish, Irish, German and English roots, she has been around for a quarter-century (despite only being 36). She is currently dancing around the edge of "Bull" as his love-interest.

Also featured are Ian Ogilvy (now 64) who played the Saint in the Seventies reboot series. And Sir Roger Moore, who co-produced this effort and starred in (and occasionally directed) the classic Sixties series, has a tiny cameo; aged 86, this was fittingly his last film rôle.

The music is more than adequate – and includes the musical signature written by Charteris himself. And in a cheeky touch, the theme is also Templar's ring tone! The direction is fine and the editing tight. The swish international locations hide the modest budget. The action scenes are well performed – particularly by Eliza. And the dialogue occasionally crackles. So all in all, a worthy effort. Well worth a look if you are in an undemanding and naustalgic mood.

But what if you are not? Well, the film does have its problems. Like the "goofs" – Simon fires around twenty bullets at a chopper from an automatic handgun without a reload – and if the gold bricks featured near the film's start were real, they would weigh far more than they clearly do. And the whole enterprise is just a little lame.

But then, this was never intended as a feature film. It was made in 2013 as a TV pilot and when it (deservedly) failed to get picked up it languished for a couple of years, before having extra footage (filmed in Romania) added – to turn it into a TV movie.

However, these days TV movies are passé – and it was only when Sir Roger fell off the twig that the film finally emerged through various digital media.

According to Wiki, the film runs 116 minutes. But IMDb lists it at only 91 mins – and that is the version which is currently available free, on YouTube.

With English language, scope and stereo, the quality is quite good – so enjoy!
Sit back and enjoy some 1960s style entertainment
For a little retro entertainment, The Saint is not bad. My wife and I got a kick out of this light movie. It was interesting to see Adam Rayner in something after Tyrant. His character had the quote of the movie. When asked if he could do a job after getting beat up, "Of course I can, I'm British".
Return of the Saint
First of all let me start by saying i think the really bad reviews on this are a little uncalled for. I actually enjoyed it and it was good to see Roger Moore the original saint in it if only for 1 minute, and Ian Ogilvie who played the return of the Saint in a more substantial role' Give it a try and judge the movie for yourselves, don't take my word or anyone else's word.
Another saint
The Saint was intended to be a relaunched television series starring Adam Rayner as Simon Templar. A few years after the initial pilot, there were some additional footage shot to turn it into a feature length direct to pay TV release.

Simon Templar also known as The Saint is called on by a man who has robbed billions for the shadowy organisation he works from a poor African nation. The man works for the Fixer (Ian Ogilvy) who is most unhappy that his right hand man has grown a conscious, he wants the money back and so he has kidnapped his daughter.

Templar has to find his daughter as well as evading an FBI agent who is determined to track him down. However when Templar sees a certain ring, it brings back memories of the past and a betrayal by someone he was once close to.

Ever since the interminably dull Simon Dutton television movies from 1989, the reputation of The Saint on screen has suffered. The viewer wants something more than just a posh gentleman but slightly shady adventurer who comes to the rescue of a damsel in distress in some exotic location.

This film has extensive location shooting and still at times looks cheap with green screen. Rayner seems to get there as Templar at the end, it helps that he seems comfortable with some of the action footage. However the story is just workmanlike and generic.

The film has the gimmick of actually having the Three Saints. Ogilvy plays the villain with some links to the Knights Templar and he certainly seems to be enjoying himself. The late Sir Roger Moore pops up as well giving his successor, Ogilvy a telling off.
Hard to get The Saint right
To know The Saint one must be truthful to the source material. The Saint as a character is brash, abrasive, annoyingly intelligent, and driven by a set a principals to do the right thing, even if "right" in any given instance is stealing, murder, or any other action that on the outside is technically a crime. "The ends justifies the means" is a kind of MO for The Saint, which creates a sort of dilemma - especially in the west - where we tend to regard all individuals - good and bad - to be subject to the same rules. But, is it really a crime if the subject had it coming to them? Such is life of The Saint - getting rich while sticking it to the bad guy. Or saving the girl. Or righting the wrong. Or insert cliché' here. Fun stuff all around.

Unfortunately, most of the texture of The Saint is lost in attempts to portray him just as a lovable, quip-flinging, thief. A sort of James Bond type who always has something witty to say at the right moment. Anyone who has read any of the Charteris novels would strongly disagree.

Which brings us to this latest attempt to put Saint on film. All the elements are there but watered down and cliché'd to the point of atrophy. Although this is the most lovingly adaptation attempt since the Roger Moore days. In short, I like this Saint, but the film won't get out of it's own way. There's been a strong push in Hollywood in recent decades to use technology as a panacea to whatever problem the antagonist might come across. Sixteen-inch steel vault door? No problem - just hack that sucker and in you go.

It gets real old real fast.

We want to see our heroes solve problems, not have them solved for them by inexplicable (and non-existent) technology. In the days of the original Saint - the 1920's and 1930's - you still had to do real detective work to solve mysteries. Now all one needs is a tablet and a wifi connection and you can tell everything about anything anytime anywhere.

Where's the fun in that?

So far as this film is concerned, this Simon Templar is more like the real Saint since Roger Moore - so watch it for that. Otherwise - or in addition to - go find a copy of Meet the Tiger and enjoy the real Saint.
I grew up watching a lot of the original shows when they were new.
I grew up watching a lot of the original shows when they were new. The Saint with Roger Moore was a favorite. I enjoyed this modern take on an old classic I didn't watch it to compare it with the original. I watched because I liked it and it left me wanting to see more so I have tried to see if there was more but alas doesn't look like it is picked up as a TV series. Just another book with unfinished chapters. Val Kilmers take on the Saint was vomit worthy. For those who didn't enjoy it there is a lot worse you could have watched before this adaption of the Saint Cheers and thanks for reading
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