Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima

The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima

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Director: John Brahm

Cast: Gilbert Roland, Angela Clarke, Frank Silvera

     
 

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Like its spiritual predecessor The Song of Bernadette, The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima is based on a true story. The year is 1917: the place, Fatima, Portugal. While tending sheep, three farm children (Susan Whitney, Sherry Jackson and Sammy Ogg) claim to see a vision of the Virgin Mary. The local adults insist that the kids keep quiet about this

Overview

Like its spiritual predecessor The Song of Bernadette, The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima is based on a true story. The year is 1917: the place, Fatima, Portugal. While tending sheep, three farm children (Susan Whitney, Sherry Jackson and Sammy Ogg) claim to see a vision of the Virgin Mary. The local adults insist that the kids keep quiet about this vision, fearing reprisals from the anti-Catholic Portuguese government. But word gets out, and soon thousand of pilgrims are flocking to Fatima, awaiting the "miracle" that the vision promised to deliver to the three youngsters. And, then, on October 13, 1917, as witnessed by 70,000 pilgrims, the sun mysteriously sunk in the sky and many of those present claimed to have been miraculously cured of their ailments. Thankfully, The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima never stoops to proselytizing. If one believes the story, fine; if one does not, well, facts are facts. Young co-star Sherry Jackson later appeared on TV's Make Room for Daddy.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima is often and perhaps inevitably compared to The Song of Bernadette, and it's easy to see why. While Fatima is a good movie, it suffers in comparison with Bernadette. While both films dealt with religious figures and events, Bernadette managed to give complexity and depth to its main character. Fatima is not so fortunate, in part because its main character is a child. Children can certainly be as complicated as any other human, but it's harder to write a complicated child for the screen -- and the number of young actors talented enough to handle a complex role is also rather small. Even given this situation, however, the makers of Fatima could have dug deeper into the adults in the story and how they are affected by this strange story. Instead, the writers have kept the adults shallow and treated their involvement in a fairly obvious way. None of this keeps Fatima from being a good film, for the basic story is one that is guaranteed to keep one's interest, whether one believes it or not. But it does keep Fatima from a much better film. As indicated above, young Susan Whitney, though good, is not quite up to carrying as much of the film as she is asked. Sherry Jackson and Sammy Ogg, however, are quite good, and the adults, especially Gilbert Roland, do very well, even when not given a lot to do. Although Fatima will always appeal more to those who believe in the story and who will therefore be more inclined to overlook its flaws as drama, it still hs enough story to keep even skeptics interested.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2006
UPC:
0012569756922
Original Release:
1952
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
19,730

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer; English and French languages; English, French and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gilbert Roland Hugo Da Silva
Angela Clarke Maria Rosa
Frank Silvera Arturo Dos Santos
Jay Novello Antonio
Richard Hale Fr. Ferreira
Norman Rice Manuel Marto
Frances Morris Olimpia
Susan Whitney Lucia Dos Santos
Sherry Jackson Jacinta Marto
Sammy Ogg Francisco Marto
Carol Heath Actor
David Leonard Bishop
Michael Mark Priest
Ralph Moody Villager
Paul Picerni "Red" Agitator

Technical Credits
John Brahm Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
G.W. Berntsen Set Decoration/Design
Robert Burks Special Effects
Edward Carrere Art Director
Edwin DuPar Cinematographer
Bryan Foy Producer
Thomas Reilly Editor
James Rice Screenwriter
Max Steiner Score Composer
Crane Wilbur Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Miracle of Our Lady Fatima
1. Credits [1:14]
2. Revolution and Repression [2:01]
3. May 15, 1917 [2:32]
4. Not Quite a Believer [3:51]
5. The Apparition [5:35]
6. The Skeptic [2:47]
7. Word Spreads [4:51]
8. St. Anthony's Day [6:34]
9. Administrator's Threat [5:05]
10. Second Appearance [5:17]
11. Hugo's Arrest [3:06]
12. Lucia's Torment [5:13]
13. Church Held Hostage [2:22]
14. Country Gone Mad? [2:04]
15. Night Visits; Search for Lucia [5:07]
16. Crowds - and Resistance [5:53]
17. Offend God No More [3:37]
18. Kidnapped [5:34]
19. The Interrogation [5:29]
20. Invitation to Pray [8:30]
21. Bishop's Warning [3:38]
22. October 13, 1917 [3:48]
23. The Miracle [4:27]
24. October 13, 1951 [3:26]

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The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
kenKV More than 1 year ago
This Catholic movie is so excellent and explains so clearly.  Thumb up!  I give five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember seeing this movie as a child and was in awe of the movie! I highly recommend this movie for Religious movie buffs.