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Stigmata (1999)

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A priest from the Vatican is sent to Sao Paulo, Brazil to investigate the appearance of the face of the Virgin Mary on the side of a building. While there he hears of a statue of the Virgin... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Father Durning
Marion Petrocelli (as Rade Sherbedgia)
Father Dario
Dick Latessa ...
Father Gianni Delmonico
Tom Hodges ...
ER Nurse
Lydia Hazan ...
Attending Nurse
Dr. Eckworth (as Duke Moosekian)


A priest from the Vatican is sent to Sao Paulo, Brazil to investigate the appearance of the face of the Virgin Mary on the side of a building. While there he hears of a statue of the Virgin Mary bleeding tears in a small town outside of the city. Meanwhile, a young woman in the U.S. begins to show signs of stigmata, the wounds of Christ. The priest from the Vatican links up with her and cares for her as she is increasingly afflicted by the stigmata. Her ranting and raving finally begins to make sense to the priest who starts to question what his religion has stood for for the last 1900 years. Written by Jeff Mellinger <>

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The messenger must be silenced. See more »


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for intense violent sequences, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 September 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Toby's Story  »

Box Office


$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,309,666 (USA) (10 September 1999)


£3,472,079 (UK) (18 February 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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When Father Kiernan (Gabriel Byrne) comes in the Vatican office to get is new assignment, we can hear a bit of Italian speaking in the back between Cardinal Daniel Houseman (Jonathan Pryce) and another priest. Translation: "Rest assured, none of this will ever leave this room." See more »


Father Andrew Kiernan states that monks invented alcohol. Even if one grants Kiernan the benefit of the doubt and assumes that he is referring exclusively to alcoholic beverages, he is still wrong. The ancient Egyptians were drinking beer back in 3000 B.C.E., if not before. See more »


Dr. Reston: What's happening in your life, Frankie? Do you have a lot of stress at work?
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Frankie: Yes.
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Frankie: I'm not very significant.
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Referenced in Scream: The Inside Story (2011) See more »


Soundtrack available on Virgin Records
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Let me tell you why it's good
13 December 2002 | by (Iasi, Romania) – See all my reviews

Perhaps for you it was boring, but for me it was great time. First of all, there aren't any plot holes, you're making things up. You can find any arguments and i'll throw them back at you, cause they just don't stand up. There was no 'priests hitmen squad', they came to take the girl and exorcise her, it's easy. So this is out. Next. They were priests, they couldn't have killed her in cold blood. That cardinal decided that it would be best for his church to 'sacrifice' her and live with it,when he saw she resisted . That's why he told the others to leave the room. The personal background of Byrne and his reasons to become a priest are irelevant, in real life people become priests for far more stupid reasons ( "my grandfather was a priest" , "i'll make more money"). The water dripping was very touching, i don't know why. I have the intuition of what it means, it can't be expressed by words. Anyway. The poor girl became stigmatised because she was pure, she didn't have doubts about her life more than any other person, and through the crucifix she became posessed by that 'very holy man'. That man was stigmatised, so his stigmatisation passed on to the pure 'messenger'. Purity - the water. The drips are the events. When it's a drip of water, the atmosphere is calm. The calm before the storm. In other scenes we see the blood dripping. Easy to understand what that means. And so on and so forth. Let me tell you, i saw a lot of blood at my life, it doesn't affect me. The first half an hour of 'Stigmata' beginning the scene in the bathroom, made me sick to my stomach. And i've seen some bloody movies . This wasn't for free. The atmosphere was lovely, i enjoyed the movie. Of course, if they've extended the length of the movie a little and inserted some interesting ideas that were omitted then we've might seen a hit. Too bad that the movie was made only for a section of the public. I'm not a very religious person ( i go to church ) but this movie was deep, and i loved it. I said.

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