In 1981 in Medjugorje (BA), a group of kids claim that Virgin Mary appeared to them on a hill. The local priest believes them and spreads the word. Religious tourism blossoms. The communist government is concerned and arrests the priest.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Father Jozo Zovko
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Milan Vukovic
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Sister Fabijana Zovko
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Miodrag Dobrovic
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father Ferdo Vlasic
Ray Girardin ...
father Zrinko Cuvalo
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Monsignor
Tony Zazula ...
prosecutor Govanovic
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judge Marulic
Angelo Santiago ...
Vlado Palic
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major Stovic
Zlatko Crnkovic ...
Zoran Rankovic
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In 1981 in Medjugorje (BA), a group of kids claim that Virgin Mary appeared to them on a hill. The local priest believes them and spreads the word. Religious tourism blossoms. The communist government is concerned and arrests the priest.

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Rated PG for scenes of political persecution and mild language
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13 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gospa. El milagro de Medjugorje  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$381,804 (USA)
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Film was ranked 4th on the Variety Box Office List in 1995, upon its distribution in USA. See more »

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Not so much about religion, but politics
18 October 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gospa is a nice little low budget movie which tells the true story of six children seeing visions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje (perhaps one of the most controversial miracles) circa 1981. The priest of this small village, Father Jozo Sovko (Martin Sheen) very much believes that these six children have seen Gospa, although he has not see the vision himself. Still, millions of Catholics come to the small church by the day to watch the children talk to the Virgin Mary, concerning the government.

After preaching a sermon that seems to be against the country's communistic government, Sovko find himself brutally tortured and even imprisoned, but refuses to say what the government tells him to. Despite attorney York's attempt to prove Sovko's innocence, it's clear that most of the citizens fear a political uprising.

What I believe the movie wishes to depict, is the struggle between religion and government. We can understand what the characters are going through, whether you choose to believe in the apparitions or not. I think part of this has to do with the direction the film took.

Overall, Gospa is a well-made film, but not for those who expect to see Mary in big white clouds, or the sun falling from the sky or any other kind of miracle in the optical sense, but rather in the sense of human conflict, ending in the protection of the faith.

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