The Third Miracle (1999)



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A priest finds his faith tested when he's 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 Shore's investigations had ugly repercussions, and now he devotes his time to running a soup kitchen. But he's called back to service by Bishop Cahill (Charles Haid) when a number of Catholics begin calling for the canonization of the late Helen O'Regan, who is alleged to have performed miracles and whose statue is said to weep tears of blood. Shore begins digging into O'Regan's 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 O'Regan, and Roxane (Anne Heche), O'Regan's 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 O'Regan's 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); Shore's 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.
R (for some language, sex-related and violent images, and brief drug use)
Drama , Faith & Spirituality
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Ed Harris
as Father Frank Shore
Anne Heche
as Roxanna
Armin Mueller-Stahl
as Archbishop Werner
Michael Rispoli
as John Leone
Charles Haid
as Bishop Cahill
James Gallanders
as Brother Gregory
Jean-Louis Roux
as Cardinal Sarrazin
Ken James
as Father Paul Panak
Caterina Scorsone
as Maria Witkowski
Bob Jarvis
as Cardinal Nola
Ned Vukovic
as Father Castaldi
Jade Smith
as Young Maria
Monique Mojica
as Sister Mary Catherine
Aron Tager
as Cardinal Humes
Norma Dell'Agnese
as Mrs. Witkowski
Steve Ferguson
as Stevens
Mark Huisman
as Brother Thomas
Rodger Barton
as Det. Al Winston
Arthur Eng
as Doctor
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Critic Reviews for The Third Miracle

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (5)

Faces an uphill battle to make believers of its audience.

Full Review… | October 12, 2009

Well-acted but unsatisfying drama about researching a potential saint

May 12, 2005
Film Journal International

...a thinking person's version of the millennial spiritual angst movie

January 29, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

An odd bit of spiritual dithering, not really bad but not really good.

August 14, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

The Third Miracle is a film rife with religious ideology but also steeped in the atmosphere of a classic detective novel.

Full Review… | November 13, 2002

Os personagens são capazes de levantar questões cujas respostas não são nada fáceis de se encontrar.

Full Review… | May 31, 2002
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Audience Reviews for The Third Miracle


Ed Harris, Anne Heche; directed by polish director Agnieszka Holland. In this drama, the Vatican sends a cynical priest to verify miracles performed by a woman who has been nominated for sainthood. During this investigation, the priest rediscovers his lost faith & passion. Anne Heche can ACT; Ed Harris is wonderful as the priest.

Carrie Shuping
Carrie Shuping

My very favorite Ed Harris movie! He plays a priest who is conflicted in his vocation due to his lingering worldly qualities of intellect, intimacy and guilt. The plot revolves around his role in presenting a case for the sainthood of a Chicago housewife - a task that forces him to confront his relationship with God. Armin Mueller-Stahl also delivers a great performance as the Devil's Advocate. Anne Heche was a bit thin (no pun intended)in her role as the priest's would-be lover - a role that called out for someone more vulnerable and luscious. And then there's the compelling soundtrack, but I gush... By all means, rent this movie. And watch for the the exquisite expression on Ed Harris' face when Heche leaves him sitting at the bar. I've never seen so many feelings revealed in one face as those he manages to put forth in that brief instant of film. Harris needs more roles like this that allow us to experience his tenderness and depth.

Susan Mitchell
Susan Mitchell

Excellent movie about a priest who questions his Faith and a woman who finds hers through him....I enjoyed this one very much!

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