Return of the Saint - Netflix
Simon Templar--aka The Saint--is a dashing young man, independently wealthy, who craves excitement and finds it as a self-appointed dispenser of justice. Seeking no personal gain, he deploys criminal methods in a one-man war against organised crime, always staying beyond the reach of the law enforcement agencies.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Return of the Saint - The Saint (1997 film) - Netflix
The Saint is a 1997 espionage thriller DeLuxe Color film in Panavision, starring Val Kilmer in the title role, with Elisabeth Shue and Rade Šerbedžija, directed by Phillip Noyce and written by Jonathan Hensleigh and Wesley Strick. The title character is a high tech thief and master of disguise that becomes the anti-hero while using the moniker of various saints while paradoxically living in the underworld of international industrial theft and espionage. The film was a financial success with a worldwide box office of $169.4 million, rentals of $28.2 million, and continuous DVD sales. It is loosely based on the character of Simon Templar created by Leslie Charteris in 1928 for a series of books published as “The Saint”, which ran until 1983. The Saint character has also featured in a series of Hollywood movies made between 1938 and 1954, a 1940s radio series starring Vincent Price (and others) as Templar, a popular British television series of the 1960s which starred Roger Moore, and a 1970s series starring Ian Ogilvy.
Return of the Saint - Critical response - Netflix
Critical response for the film was mixed to negative, with a Metascore of 50/100, based on 22 professional film critic reviews provided by Metacritic. It has a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 45 reviews with the consensus stating: “The Saint is watchable thanks to Val Kilmer and Elisabeth Shue, but the film's muddled screenplay stretches credulity.” Edward Guthmann of the San Francisco Chronicle notes Kilmer is the “master of disguises”, as “Templar's genius, like Kilmer's, involves slipping in and out of skins rapidly and offering only the slightest hint at the person who hides beneath the charade...Kilmer dons 12 disguises in all, polishes them with impeccable accents and pliable postures”, with Shue's character offering “the same sympathetic dignity she brought to Leaving Las Vegas”. Liam Lacey of The Toronto Globe and Mail said The Saint is “More entertaining than Mission Impossible or the last Bond film GoldenEye. It brings back the humour and sangfroid that makes the genre work.” Todd McCarthy of Variety called it a “suspenser that doesn't taste bad at first bite but becomes increasingly hard to swallow”. Val Kilmer earned a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actor for his performance in the film, but lost to Kevin Costner for The Postman.
Return of the Saint - References - Netflix