The Miracle (1991)




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Neil Jordan's lyrical Irish romance takes place in the small seaside town of Bray (near Dublin) and concerns two teenage friends, Jimmy (Niall Byrne) and Rose (Lorraine Pilkington). They spend their days roaming the cobblestone streets and waterlogged piers. To while away the time, Rose and Jimmy make up stories about strangers on the street. One day, while watching people at the train station, a sophisticated and glamorous older woman, Renee Baker (Beverly D'Angelo), stands out so imposingly from the drab townsfolk that Jimmy and Rose decide to follow her, obsessed with knowing everything about her. They follow her to the beach and at last Renee speaks to them. When she looks at Jimmy, he's immediately smitten by this mysterious woman. Rose, who has feelings for Jimmy herself, decides to make him jealous by trying to attract a young lion tamer from a traveling circus. But Jimmy is completely attached to Renee and his desire leads him to fateful consequences.
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Niall Byrne
as Jimmy
Beverly D'Angelo
as Renee Baker
J.G. Devlin
as Beausang
Tom Hickey
as Tommy
Mikkel Gaup
as Jonner
Cathleen Delaney
as Miss Strange
Shane Connaughton
as Rose's Father
Sylvia Teron
as Muscular Lady
Anita Reeves
as Ballroom Singer
John Devlin
as Saxophone Player
Jer O'Leary
as Barman
Ruth McCabe
as Wardrobe Mistress
Tommy Donahue
as Drummer
Earl Gill
as Trumpet Player
Johnny Devlin
as Saxophone Player
Chris Kenevey
as Pianist
Tommy Donaghue
as Drummer
Patrick Mason
as Director
Stanley Townsend
as Washington
Mary Coughlan
as Mrs. Brunowski
Mal Whyte
as Mayor
Darragh Kelly
as 1st Cowboy
Alan Archbold
as 2nd Cowboy
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Critic Reviews for The Miracle

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

The Miracle has so much poetic-nattering-by-the-Irish-seaside that the movie keeps drifting into the stratosphere. Jordan should come back down to earth. He does much better there.

Full Review… | May 31, 1991
Entertainment Weekly
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Made just one year before The Crying Game, the movie that put Neil Jordan on the map, this Irish-set tale is intimate, mysterious and well acted.

Full Review… | March 17, 2012

A wonderfully acted Irish film written and directed by Neil Jordan

Full Review… | July 20, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

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October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

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February 13, 2004
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August 22, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for The Miracle


Maybe she was never there. Jimmy and Rose are young adults. Rose obviously likes Jimmy, but he only sees her as a friend. They find a strange woman, Renee Baker, who Jimmy becomes obsessed with. Renee tags along, but quickly becomes annoyed with the obsession, until it becomes borderline unhealthy, then she becomes worried. Who is this strange Renee Baker? "Pretend we're lovers." "Kiss me then." Neil Jordan, director of Crying Game, Ondine, Breakfast on Pluto, The End of the Affair, Michael Collins, Byzantium, and The Butcher Boys, delivers The Miracle. The storyline for this picture is very interesting and unfold well but definitely has some awkward moments. I enjoyed the acting and the cast includes Beverly D'Angelo, Donald McCann, Tom Hickey, and Jer O'Leary. "She wants to hide." I came across this on Netflix and thought I'd give it a shot. This was better than I anticipated and I enjoyed the story. This is a better than average drama with a unique coming of age aspect. The relationships in this were entertaining and unique. I recommend seeing this once. "My hair, like a sea shell, on the hay..." Grade: B-

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