The Third Miracle

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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.

Cast

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
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

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Audience Reviews for The Third Miracle

  • May 05, 2007
    Potential. Pure potential. With a storyline so used, one should try to get the movie right. The acting felt very forced, as if they didn't want to do the film, but have to. The only thing I liked was the score by Jan A.P. Kaczmareck. The rest is very dull and without any sense, really.
    Liolia K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2006
    [font=Century Gothic]"The Third Miracle" takes place in Chicago, 1979 where Father Frank Shore(Ed Harris) is called back to his duties after an eight-month sabbatical in a flophouse following his debunking of a particularly popular nominated saint, in the process destroying the faith of an entire community. Bishop Cahill(Charles Haid) wants him to investigate the possible sainthood of Helen O'Regan, a parish worker who died several years before. On the anniversary of her death, a statue of the Virgin Mary bled, curing a young girl of terminal lupus and now the parishioners are thinking it was the spirit of Mrs. O'Regan...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The Third Miracle" is about faith but the movie cheats by bringing up the possibility of miracles and sainthood. I liked how it explores the conflict between the poverty of the neighborhood(although they need material help, not just something to believe in) versus the wealth and power of the Catholic Church but there was something off in how Chicago was portrayed. [/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Ed Harris gives a monumental performance but he receives little support. Even the usually reliable Anne Heche and Armin Mueller-Stahl do not help. And Charles Haid simply chews the scenery. [/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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