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MPAA Rating - R

Length:
    118 Minutes

Genre:
    Drama

Original Release Date:
    Jun 13, 2000

Director
    Agnieszka Holland

Cast
    Sofia Polanska, Pavol Simon, Ed Harris, Anne Heche, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Charles Haid, Michael Rispoli

 
Movie Summary
A priest finds his faith tested when hes assigned to investigate a possible case of divine intervention. Rev. Frank Shore (Ed Harris) is a Catholic priest who works as a postulator, a church official who investigates reports of holy miracles to determine their veracity. Some time back, one of Shores investigations had ugly repercussions, and now he devotes his time to running a soup kitchen. But hes called back to service by Bishop Cahill (Charles Haid) when a number of Catholics begin calling for the canonization of the late Helen ORegan, who is alleged to have performed miracles and whose statue is said to weep tears of blood. Shore begins digging into ORegans life and the miracles she is supposed to have performed; in his travels, he meets Maria (Caterina Scorsone), a teenage girl who was supposedly healed by ORegan, and Roxane (Anne Heche), ORegans daughter, who was abandoned by her mother, wants nothing to do with her story, and has given up her belief in God. While investigating the miracle of ORegans statue, Shore witnesses the bleeding himself and tells the church that he believes the claims are legitimate. However, this view leads to angry reprisals from Archbishop Werner (Armin Mueller-Stahl); Shores story is not given any greater credence when he become romantically involved with Roxanne. The Third Miracle was released only a few months after Stigmata, another story of Catholic priests investigating allegations of a modern-day miracle, not the sort of subject one might have expected to become a trend. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide


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