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'The Saint'

Scene from this movie Simon Templar (Val Kilmer) is a high-priced, freelance infiltrator employed by Ivan Tretiak, a Russian mobster who wants to use a new formula for cold fusion (a revolutionary process for generating energy) to transform Mother Russia, turn a tidy profit, and establish Ivan as a communistic tsar for life.

But Templar has to steal the formula from Dr. Emma Russell (Elisabeth Shue), a beautiful, eccentric scientist who stuffs her scribblings into her bra and who gets all giddy at the thought of serving mankind. Templar, a master of disguises, poses as a South African loverboy to seduce her. These guys fall in love, and Simon resets his moral compass. Ivan gets infuriated at the Saintís change of heart and dispatches his scar-faced, coke-crazed goons to kidnap Emma, get her formula and kill Simon. -- Desson Howe
Rated PG-13

Director: Phillip Noyce
Cast: Val Kilmer; Elisabeth Shue;
Irina Apeximova; Michael Byrne;
Henry Goodman; Yevgeni Lazarev;
Valeri Nikolayev; Lucija Serbedzija; Rade Serbedzija
Running Time: 2 hours
Filmographies: Val Kilmer; Elisabeth Shue