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The Third Miracle (1999)

The Vatican sends a priest to verify some miracles, performed by a woman who has been nominated for sainthood. During his investigation, the priest, who is experiencing a crisis of faith, re-discovers his own purpose in life.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sofia Polanska ...
Young Helena
Pavol Simon ...
Helena's Father
Ivan Lukac ...
Young Priest
Patrik Minar ...
Young German Soldier
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John Leone
Kenny Robinson ...
Front Desk Manager
Rony Clanton ...
Higgins
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Frank Shore
Angela Fusco ...
Charity Woman
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Bishop Cahill
Susan Henley ...
Sister Margaret
Ken James ...
Father Paul Panak
Jade Smith ...
Young Maria
Monique Mojica ...
Sister Mary Catherine
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Brother Gregory
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A skeptical Bishop sends a broken priest as Postulator to investigate the possible beatification of a simple, devout woman whose death caused a statue of the Virgin Mary to bleed upon and cure a girl with terminal lupus. The politically weary priest unknowingly embarks on a spiritual journey that rebuilds his shattered faith and life. Written by Jim Norman <jnorman1@qwest.net>

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Rated R for some language, sex-related and violent images, and brief drug use | See all certifications »
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20 April 2000 (Singapore)  »

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El tercer milagro  »

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Opening Weekend:

$29,459 (USA) (31 December 1999)

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$736,592 (USA) (19 May 2000)
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The German expression "dummes Zeug", uttered by archbishop Werner during the tribunal, means "rubbish". See more »

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During the scenes of the first miracle, young Helen has brown eyes. In the videos as an adult, she has blue eyes. See more »

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Referenced in I Liza kai oloi oi alloi (2003) See more »

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Saw You Falling
Written and Performed by Simon Bonney
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Holy Housewife
20 February 2000 | by (Houston,Texas) – See all my reviews

"Dogma" showed that throwing darts at the Roman Catholic Church isn't hard to do. Similarly, "Stigmata" created villains within the Church hierarchy with relative ease. The hard part is making some sense of what motivates priests and nuns to carry on in spite of this undeserved negativism. That's what makes "The Third Miracle" a joy to watch - a film that goes beyond stereotypes and biases to try to find answers. There is something in this film that believers and non-believers can take away from even though "The Third Miracle" has decidedly taken a strong stand about matters of faith. The linking of a wayward postulator, Father Frank, searching to legitimize a common woman for sainthood, with his own personal search for God is very effective. Equally so is how the film shows the powerful role of secularism in the lives of men we call 'holy' (can it be any more obvious than the Bishop's mud bath?). A stroke of trickery at the end doesn't spoil the way this film invites us to consider faith as truly an all-or-nothing proposition. Certainly for Father Frank, the invitation to faith and to his own priesthood was based on a shaky bargain with God to spare the life of his father. For Roxane, the daughter of Helen O'Reagan, the decision to exclude God was equally as capricious - that God would take her mother away from her just because she had to do God's work. For Archbishop Werner, the God he defends and the God he internalizes are two different beings - one who is all knowing and all powerful, the other who cannot see beyond things black and white. "The Third Miracle", then, is not just about canonizing a dead woman, a holy housewife, but about how these three living players interact and struggle with each other to arrive at their own faith. This interaction is played out so well due to brilliant performances by Anne Heche, Ed Harris, and Armin Mueller-Stahl. Miracles strengthen one's faith but the visible miracles are more likely to move those who need a sign to believe. The irony of Father Frank is that he was instructed to disprove the very extraordinary acts of faith which he desperately needed to save his own spiritual life. It took him two hours, the length of this film, to find his miracle. "The Third Miracle" leaves us with a similar challenge, how long will it take for us to find that same miracle, that same faith.


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