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The Maldonado Miracle (2003)

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In a small, dying town, the residents' faith is tested when a statue of Jesus seems to be shedding real tears of blood.


Salma Hayek


Theodore Taylor (novel), Paul W. Cooper (teleplay)
3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Fonda ... Father Russell
Mare Winningham ... Maisie
Rubén Blades ... Cruz
Eddy Martin ... Jose Maldonado
Bill Sage ... Lyle
Christina Cabot ... Stella
Dan Merket Dan Merket ... Frank Olcott
Soledad St. Hilaire ... Josephina
Scott Michael Campbell ... Brother Amos
Jesse Borrego ... Hector Maldonado
Jose Gonzales Jose Gonzales ... Mexican
Jeanette Longoria ... Carla
Christian Jensen ... Immigration Officer (as Chris Jensen)
Tod Huntington ... Immigration Officer
Charlie Paddock Charlie Paddock ... Gant


José is a young Mexican boy in the United States who hides in a church to avoid authorities after he injures his arm. When blood from his wound falls on a statue of Jesus, people think it's a miracle. Everyone flocks to the town, and the Rev. Russell, who knows the economic boom is good for the struggling parish, wonders what really happened. Local resident Maisie takes the boy in, and has a dilemma when she finds out the truth. Written by Jwelch5742

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A Journey of Faith, Hope and Inspiration.


Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some language and brief violence






Release Date:

12 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Maldonado-csoda See more »

Filming Locations:

Eureka, Utah, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie is based on heartwarming drama based on the novel 'The Maldonado Miracle' released in 1973 by the American author Theodore Taylor. See more »


Referenced in Talking Dead: 100 (2017) See more »


Dios Nunca Muere
Written by Macedonio Alcalá
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A touching story that engaged me in spite of myself
13 October 2003 | by alkhemySee all my reviews

I saw this movie on Showtime, because my wife wanted to see it. I like Selma Hyek's acting, but I wasn't especially interested in the story - or what I'd heard about it. Imagine my surprise when I found myself thoroughly enjoying the film.

The acting from the main characters was understated, and perfect for the story. The cinematography was beautifully competent, and the set design was exquisite - Showtime showed behind-the-scenes snippets before and after the movie, and the brilliance that was displayed in creating such believable sets on such a small budget (often from the ground up)was nothing short of a miracle itself.

All in all, I enjoyed this movie far more than I expected to, and I think the director and her crew show much promise.

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