Third Miracle
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The Third Miracle

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Director: Agnieszka Holland

Cast: Agnieszka Holland, Ed Harris, Anne Heche, Armin Mueller-Stahl


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…  See more details below


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.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
An unlikely combination of medieval miracle play, police procedural, and star-crossed romance, The Third Miracle attempts to perform a juggling act and almost succeeds on the strength of its balanced direction. Polish New Wave veteran Agnieszka Holland has focused on the nature of faith, the boundaries of identity and the specter of war before, and it shows; her character-driven evocation of such themes is the one thread that ties Third Miracle's disparate elements together. In one sense the film offers a behind-the-scenes look at Catholic bureaucracy, suggesting that the Church is a huge multinational company like any other, full of middle-managers and unchecked egos. In another sense, it's a study of one man's search for faith -- of the sense of hope that sometimes hides behind skepticism. On both of these counts, Holland and her fine cast succeed admirably. Ed Harris is smart and solid as the priest who must investigate an alleged miracle, while Anne Heche turns in another fine portrait of a brassy, vulnerable neurotic. The romantic subplot between the two feels unforced; it's almost integral to the development of Harris' character. Yet the twist-laden central plot is more suitable to a soap opera than a serious meditation on faith, and the final act -- which focuses on a church tribunal as it decides whether to canonize a new saint -- feels like a stock legal drama transplanted from the courtroom to the rectory. The film's most compelling moments are actually its quietest, as when Harris' character watches a muted videotape of the alleged saint and sees the inscrutability of the divine reflected in her guarded eyes. Thanks to scenes such as this one, the film's rich themes linger, unresolved, long after the credits roll. The unwieldy combination of undigested genre elements, however, marks this as a lesser work in Holland's impressive oeuvre.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
[Dolby Surround]

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Widescreen and full-screen presentations; Audio: English 2-Channel (Dolby Surround); Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; Director's commentary; Isolated music score; Theatrical trailer; Talent files; Interactive menus; Scene selections

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ed Harris Father Frank Shore
Anne Heche Roxane
Armin Mueller-Stahl Archbishop Werner
Charles Haid Bishop Cahill
Michael Rispoli John Leone
Sofia Polanska Actor
Pavol Simon Actor
James Gallanders Brother Gregory
Jean-Louis Roux Cardinal Sarrazin
Ken James Father Paul Panak
Catarina Scorsone Maria
Barbara Sukowa Helen
Robert Lee Jarvis Actor
Ned Vukovic Actor
Jade Smith Actor
Monique Mojica Actor
Aron Tager Actor
Norma dell'Agnese Actor
Steve Ferguson Actor
Mark Huisman Actor
Rodger Barton Actor

Technical Credits
Agnieszka Holland Director
Ashok Amritraj Executive Producer
Don Carmody Co-producer
Beverly Carr Makeup
Francis Ford Coppola Executive Producer
Denise Cronenberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert De Vico Production Designer
Judy Farkas Associate Producer
Fred Fuchs Producer
Steven Haft Producer
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek Score Composer
Michael Kavanagh Special Effects
Elaine Offers Makeup
Dawn Rivard Special Effects
John Romano Screenwriter
Elie Samaha Producer
Daryl Sancton Associate Producer
Andrew Shea Asst. Director
Peter Shewchuk Sound/Sound Designer
David J. Siegel Associate Producer,Editor
Andrew M. Stearn Art Director
Andrew Stevens Executive Producer
Todd Thaler Casting
Richard Vetere Screenwriter
Clare Walker Casting
Lisa Wilson Associate Producer
Jerzy Zielinski Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [3:18]
2. First Miracle [2:48]
3. Frank Moore [2:45]
4. The Assignment [2:58]
5. Second Miracle [4:12]
6. Falcone Injury [8:56]
7. Roxane [2:12]
8. A Good Woman? [11:35]
9. Brother Gregory [2:09]
10. Maria [4:36]
11. Frank's Confession [3:45]
12. Anniversary Tradition [4:51]
13. Bargain With God [3:35]
14. Tempting Faith [2:41]
15. Shedding Tears [2:51]
16. Archbishop Werner [3:44]
17. Southside General [3:09]
18. Frank's Decision [7:16]
19. Devil's Advocate [2:11]
20. The Tribunal [4:02]
21. Slovakian Origins [5:32]
22. Roxane's Testimony [4:52]
23. No Hope [1:27]
24. "Where's Maria Now?" [3:43]
25. Doubts [4:51]
26. One Final Matter [2:48]
27. The Third Eyewitness [4:39]
28. Three Years Later [6:25]


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The Third Miracle 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a very nicely done film about a subject many might find difficult. The questions of how miracles are officially defined or rejected by the Catholic Church, and how, why, and when some people are cannonized, are pertinent in any time but especially now. Our society is increasingly influenced by many different spiritual traditions, and we confront increasingly radical viewpoints from both conservative and liberal elements within our Christian communities. In addition, I thought The Third Miracle did a nice job of portraying very personal influences within the larger issues of sacred immortality and grace. The love story connects deeply with the subject of the film, it's not just gratuitously added. Finally, it's never hard to watch Ed Harris!