The Saint (1997)

The Saint movie poster - Simon (Val Kilmer) with a blue misty background

The Saint movie poster © Paramount Pictures

Director: Phillip Noyce

Starring: Val Kilmer, Elizabeth Shue, Henry Goodman, Rade Šerbedžija, Valeriy Nikolaev, Alun Armstrong and Michael Byrne.

Kent Filming Location: Fort Amherst, Chatham

Inspired by the 1928 novels and following in the footsteps of the 1960’s TV series, starring Roger Moore, The Saint is about Simon Templar (Val Kilmer – Batman Forever, Heat), a suave and sophisticated international thief who has one last job before he can comfortably retire. Known as a master of disguise, he assumes the names of saints for his false identities.  When he is tasked by the Russian Mafia with stealing the cold fusion formula created by the stunning Dr Emma Russell (Elizabeth ShueHollow Man, Back to the Future II) love proves to be a dangerous distraction.

The atmospheric Georgian fortress of Fort Amherst, Chatham, provided the perfect location to film the scene in the sewers of Moscow where Templar and Russell hide.

Fort Amherst is a Georgian Fortress over 17 acres, including a tunnel complex, park like setting, woodland, WW2 gun battery and sloping grassland and is known as one of the most haunted forts in Britain. Fort Amherst has also been used as a filming location by Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and The Mission (1987).

It is not only the Fort that is familiar with the world of TV and film, nearby is  The Historic Dockyard Chatham which is one of the most popular filming locations in Kent having been used for productions such as Call The Midwife (2012-2013), Sherlock Holmes (2009) and The Mummy (1999).

The Saint was released in cinemas in April 1997 and is now available to buy on DVD.


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