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The Third Miracle (1999)

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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.

Director:

Agnieszka Holland

Writers:

Richard Vetere (novel), John Romano (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sofia Polanska Sofia Polanska ... Young Helena
Pavol Simon Pavol Simon ... Helena's Father
Ivan Lukac Ivan Lukac ... Young Priest
Patrik Minar Patrik Minar ... Young German Soldier
Michael Rispoli ... John Leone
Kenny Robinson Kenny Robinson ... Front Desk Manager
Rony Clanton Rony Clanton ... Higgins
Ed Harris ... Frank Shore
Angela Fusco ... Charity Woman
Charles Haid ... Bishop Cahill
Susan Henley Susan Henley ... Sister Margaret
Ken James Ken James ... Father Paul Panak
Jade Smith Jade Smith ... Young Maria
Monique Mojica Monique Mojica ... Sister Mary Catherine
James Gallanders ... Brother Gregory
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Storyline

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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language, sex-related and violent images, and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2000 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

El tercer milagro See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,459, 2 January 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$736,592, 21 May 2000
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The German expression "dummes Zeug", uttered by archbishop Werner during the tribunal, means "rubbish". See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Frank Shore: You were there, weren't you? What did you see? Did you see the miracIe?
Werner: No, it was an unwise miracIe. Unwise and capricious. To grant the wishes of a gypsy girI, to spare her famiIy when millions... when millions died! Caprice of God! I wouId say it to God if He were in this room. I wouId say it to Him!
Frank Shore: And He isn't in this room?
Werner: Don't debate with me. We are not before that pompous ass Sarrazin.
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La forza del destino
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach (as Polish Radio Orchestra)
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A very impressive film with a miraculous performance by Ed Harris
31 May 2001 | by mattymatt4everSee all my reviews

It was a treat watching this movie, being that I haven't checked out any low-budget or indie films in a long time. This is one of the lesser-known movies that is definitely worth watching. I was curious about it, mostly to see Ed Harris' performance. I've always loved Harris in everything he does, so I knew I could at least look forward to seeing a great actor at work. I have to say, this is one of his best performances. It's subtle and powerful, and he doesn't play his typecasted villainous role. This is a very different role for him, and one to remember. The premise and overall plot is intriguing, and Holland (I'm not gonna even bother spelling out the first name) does a fine job at keeping the suspense. It brings out great morals about Catholic faith, and faith in God just in general. And it proves that even people of priesthood can screw up, falter to temptation, but can still be summoned by God. Harris' character is a washed-up alcoholic, but God still sent him to investigate this alleged saint. Harris was even questioning his own faith, which made it even more interesting.

"The Third Miracle" is one of the overlooked films of 1999, and I definitely suggest you give it a viewing. You won't be disappointed.

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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