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The Miracle (1959)

| Drama | 1960 (Spain)
During the Napoleonic era, in Spain, a young postulant falls in love with a handsome British soldier who is recovering with others of his regiment after being wounded. Before leaving, he ... See full summary »

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Córdoba
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During the Napoleonic era, in Spain, a young postulant falls in love with a handsome British soldier who is recovering with others of his regiment after being wounded. Before leaving, he asks her to leave the convent and marry him. The postulant, devoted to the statue of the Virgin Mary, asks her for a heavenly sign and leaves when nothing happens. Then the statue of the Virgin descends from its pedestal... Written by Albert Sanchez Moreno <a.moreno@mindspring.com>

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You'll remember THE FLAMING PILLAGE OF MIRAFLORES! Lust-crazed Grenadiers beyond control! See more »

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Trivia

Warner Brothers originally intended this property as a Technicolor vehicle for Bette Davis, who made a Technicolor screentest as the young nun. The project was soon cancelled, and several years later, when asked about it, Ms. Davis quipped, "Of course, the only thing I've never played is a nun!" See more »

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Teresa: I am not a Christian. Christianity is a faith that betrays its believers!
[taking off her rosary and throwing it down]
Teresa: I AM NOT A CHRISTIAN!
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References The Devil and the Statue (1901) See more »

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Ave verum corpus
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Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sung in Latin by nuns
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Although it IS overdone,if you're in the right mood, you will enjoy it.
12 April 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Those who are hard-bitten, unsentimental, hate religious epics, or laugh easily at ultra-romantic plots laced with mysticism, religious omens, and ominous signs (such as a wind that mysteriously comes up, droughts that devastate a land when someone leaves, and thunderstorms that spring up just at the right moment) had better either avoid this film or be prepared for a real howl. Add to this some hammy overacting from the miscast Carroll Baker, who is supposed to be Spanish, of all things.(Natalie Wood, who turned down the role, would have been a far better choice, and Sophia Loren might have been even better). And the young,unwrinkled Roger Moore DID look too pretty for a male actor.

But the basic plot, of the Virgin's statue taking a young nun's place is an old and time-honored legend used before on stage and film, and those who really get into this kind of thing will love it, although the disturbing idea of a heavenly curse which apparently causes death is certainly not in keeping with the Catholic idea of a merciful God. The movie is NOT cheesy, by the way; it is quite elaborately produced, with good photography and a throbbing musical score by "Ten Commandments" and "Magnificent Seven" composer Elmer Bernstein.


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