Faith or Miracle?
The Third Miracle
Review by Ross Anthony

A little slow in getting started, "Third Miracle" builds well, Ed Harris filling the screen with brilliant acting.

Tip-toeing along some of the same lines as "Stigmata," this film sheds a kinder light on Catholics and dwells more on contemplation than graphics. Ed plays a doubting Thomas priest and postulator (spiritual detective) who is sent to investigate the miracle of a crying statue and verify a woman (Barbara Sukowa) who abandoned her daughter (Anne Heche) as a genuine American saint. But the film is really about Ed's internal struggle with doubt.

The press kit provides this appropriately profound quote from charismatic genius Albert Einstein, "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

A very strong "B+."

  • The Third Miracle. Copyright © 1999.
  • Starring Ed Harris, Anne Heche, Armin Mueller-Stahl.
  • Directed by Agnieszka Holland.
  • Written by John Romano (a former "Hills Street Blues" writer) based on a novel by Richard Vetere.
  • Produced by David J. Siegel, A.C.E.
  • Released by Sony Pictures Classics (C)1999.


Copyright © 1999. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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