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Stigmata (1999)

When a young woman becomes afflicted by stigmata, a priest is sent to investigate her case, which may have severe ramifications for his faith and for the Catholic Church itself.

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Rupert Wainwright

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Tom Lazarus (story), Tom Lazarus (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Arquette ... Frankie Paige
Gabriel Byrne ... Father Andrew Kiernan
Jonathan Pryce ... Cardinal Daniel Houseman
Nia Long ... Donna Chadway
Thomas Kopache ... Father Durning
Rade Serbedzija ... Marion Petrocelli (as Rade Sherbedgia)
Enrico Colantoni ... Father Dario
Dick Latessa ... Father Gianni Delmonico
Portia de Rossi ... Jennifer Kelliho
Patrick Muldoon ... Steven
Ann Cusack ... Dr. Reston
Shaun Toub ... Doctor
Tom Hodges ... ER Nurse
Lydia Hazan Lydia Hazan ... Attending Nurse
Shaun Duke ... Dr. Eckworth (as Duke Moosekian)
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Storyline

A priest from the Vatican is sent to Sao Paulo, Brazil to investigate the appearance of the face of the Virgin Mary on the side of a building. While there he hears of a statue of the Virgin Mary bleeding tears in a small town outside of the city. Meanwhile, a young woman in the U.S. begins to show signs of stigmata, the wounds of Christ. The priest from the Vatican links up with her and cares for her as she is increasingly afflicted by the stigmata. Her ranting and raving finally begins to make sense to the priest who starts to question what his religion has stood for for the last 1900 years. Written by Jeff Mellinger <jmell@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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It'll scare the hell into you. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for intense violent sequences, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

10 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Toby's Story See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,309,666, 12 September 1999

Gross USA:

$50,046,268

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$89,446,268
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Gospel of Thomas is by the Gnostic denomination which was founded in 125 A.D. and became virtually nonexistent after around 1400 A.D. due to lack of membership. See more »

Goofs

After Frankie receives the thorn-crown marks on her forehead, they disappear/reappear in different sizes/shapes for the rest of the film. See more »

Quotes

Frankie: Hi.
Father Andrew Kiernan: Hello
Frankie: You have an appointment, or...
Father Andrew Kiernan: No, I don't.
Frankie: Well, would you like a haircut, a manicure, or maybe you'd like to have your nipples pierced?
Father Andrew Kiernan: [chuckles] Well, maybe if we start with a trim, we could go from there. Thank you.
Frankie: Come on. Have a seat. All right, here we go.
[puts barber cape on Andrew]
Frankie: I'm gonna put this cape on so you don't get your scratchy neck.
Father Andrew Kiernan: Oh, thank you.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

A single shot of Jennifer and Steve looking at Frankie after she stands up and runs out of the club was not included in theatrical release but appears in most dvd/video release version. See more »

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Referenced in The RAs: Unwanted Child Throw-Up (2011) See more »

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Written by Simon Emmerson, James McNally, Iarla O'Lionaird,
Martin Russell and Sinéad O'Connor
Performed by Afro Celt Sound System featuring Sinéad O'Connor
Courtesy of Real World Records, Ltd.
By Arrangement with Virgin Records America, Inc.
Sinéad O'Connor appears courtesy of Atlantic Recording Company
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Better than my first impression
4 February 2001 | by cynic701See all my reviews

Stigmata is at the very least controversial. I feel that it's really struggling to find a genre, so it's harsh to compare it to the Exorcist as many have. This is a film based somewhat on truth, and somewhat on legend with a little Hollywood finesse to bring it all together. It doesn't stay completely true to either a Christian audience or to mainstream Hollywood, but I think that's to it's credit. I don't know many people who knowingly make this kind of cross-over in their normal rental choices, so in that way, it helps to reach the largest possible audience. The way that the film afflicts it's heroine with the stigmata through the rosary is just typical screenwriting, and the romance aspects are predictable. The film, based upon the discovery of the Gospel of Thomas, assumes that the discovery of that scroll had never been know to the public, and that personal vendettas within the Vatican had helped to suppress it. In reality however, there have been numerous translations of that Gospel, although I rather doubt that the modern bible will be amended. (Due to it's debated authenticity.) In short, the film is thought-provoking, yet not heavy-handed in it's message. It leaves you asking questions as to your own faith, and to the nature of the established "church" far after you've reached the final credits. As an action-suspense-thriller I'd rank it about a 7 out of 10, but in terms of it's religious nature it succeeds greatly in the find-the-truth-for-yourself message that it conveys.


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