The Saint script
The Saint (1997)
Synopsis: Based on the popular spy series, this film follows suave international thief Simon Templar (Val Kilmer), who is contracted by Russian oil magnate Ivan Tretiak (Rade Serbedzija) to steal a formula for cold fusion. So Templar, nicknamed "The Saint" because of his use of Roman Catholic saints as aliases, finds scientist Dr. Emma Russell (Elisabeth Shue), seduces her and steals the information. However, because the formula was incomplete, Tretiak now wants to kill Templar and kidnap Russell.

FATHER YIN:

Who.. . who did this...?

The boys look at Michael Quinn. Then Francis speaks:

FRANCIS:

I did father.

And another boy, James:

JAMES:

I did father. .

And another and another: "I did father." They all say it. And the littlest youngest boy, surrounded by his new confederates, smiles slightly. His eyes glint.

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Begin MAIN TITLE SEQUENCE

EXT. ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - NIGHT

A chilly September night. A rally is underway in the Dvortsovaya Ploshchad, the vast square at the foot of Nevsky Prospect Boulevard. The Winter Palace and Hermitage loom in the b.g. 500,000 ST. PETERS BURGERS' stand shoulder-to-shoulder, listening to a SPEECH. INTERNATIONAL T.V. CREWS (the BBC, CNN, etc.) are transmitting the event.

SPEAKER (o.s.)

In I917 Lenin stood here and promised a new age. The result? Tyranny. Poverty. The darkest years in our history.

THE SPEAKER stands on a platform behind a cluster of microphones, his image projected on a huge screen (like the Sony screen in Times Square) above and behind him.

He is MICHAEL ROMANOV, coal-haired, fierce, ardent, eyes glinting like onyx, voice cutting the night air.

ROMANOV:

In 1987 Gorbachev stood here and promised a new age. The result? An end to communism. Democracy. A free economy. And what else? Chaos.

(crowd CHEERS)

The economy run by criminals, the government run by charlatans. And they are in league together! Thieves! Traitors!

(louder CHEERS)

Men and women of St. Petersburg, citizens of Russia, the salt of this country, this must end!

(deafening CHEERS)

Join me then in the song of our forefathers.

Romanov begins to sing, ably, the first verse of "Mother Russia" (the Russian anthem before the Bolsheviks).

THE CROWD joins him. The Ploshchad rings with the voices of half a million Russians...

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Leslie Charteris

Leslie Charteris, born Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin, was a British-Chinese author of adventure fiction, as well as a screenwriter. He was best known for his many books chronicling the adventures of charming antihero Simon Templar, alias "The Saint. more…

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