Stigmata (1999)

R  |   |  Horror  |  10 September 1999 (USA)
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When an atheist woman is chosen by god to be the next messiah; she undergoes a severe case of stigmata whilst writing the new gospels.



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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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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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Did You Know?


The producers and director Rupert Wainwright originally were thinking of calling the film "St. Frances of Pittsburgh". See more »


The plot centers on the supposed ban of "Gospel of Thomas". In fact, this gospel (along with many other gnostic or non-canonical texts) was never officially suppressed by Catholic Church and its translations can be freely bought in bookstores. See more »


Dr. Reston: And are there any problems with a significant other?
Frankie: Yes...
Dr. Reston: Which is?
Frankie: I'm not very significant.
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Mary Mary (Stigmatic Mix)
Written by Nigel Hunter, Bruce Duncan, Anne Holden, Louise Watts, Paul Greco,
Darren Hamer, Allen Whalley, and Judith Abbott
Performed by Chumbawamba
Courtesy of EMI Electrola GmbH and Universal Records
Universal Records under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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Story of faith
21 July 2000 | by (Zagreb, Croatia) – See all my reviews

Giving comment after a few days after I seen it, I must say that in this picture lays something that, in my opinion is one of the most biggest issues of modern, or should I say, of Christianity itself; what Jesus had had in mind when he talked about God in us? Do we really need mediator between Him and ourselves?

-Very good crew and scenario had make this movie very interesting. Byrne is really good, though sometimes is rather 'inconvincible', but, as a priest-scientist, maybe he has right on some 'perplexities'. Patricia Arquette is one of my favorite actresses, and I love her in this movie, or any else.

Director is unknown to me, I must confess it, but, from what I have seen in this movie, it has some interesting views on filming, and I would really like to see his other works, or future ones. Rade Serbedgia in this film look like his not interested. It's a loss.

Film has some frightful scenes, but in major, it's very good movie which gives us some new perspective on Jesus words that the God is in us.

People who has no idea, or been religious fanatics should avoid this film. This film, also, is not the most intelligent topic that has been ever recorded, but it has some good points.

Try figure it out. It's not shallow. And, please, use your own head, and don't be molested by religious fanatics; they would first crucifix Christ just for the way he looks.

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