The Third Miracle

The Third Miracle

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Agnieszka Holland
Produced by Fred Fuchs
Written by Richard Vetere
John Romano
Starring Ed Harris
Anne Heche
Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Cinematography Jerzy Zielinski
Edited by David Siegel
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release dates
  • April 20, 2000 (2000-04-20)
Running time
119 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $591,142[1]

The Third Miracle is a 1999 drama film directed by Agnieszka Holland starring Ed Harris and Anne Heche. The film was shot in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.[2]


In Bystrica, Slovakia in 1944, near the end of World War II, an Allied bombing raid causes a tiny girl to pray for deliverance.

In Chicago, in 1979, Father Frank Shore (Ed Harris) is a priest, now a Postulator, who investigates claims of miracles for the Vatican performed by a devout woman whose death caused a statue of the Virgin Mary to bleed upon and cure a girl with terminal lupus. Now the woman has been nominated for sainthood.

Having never encountered a genuine miracle, he is known as the "Miracle Killer" for his track record for debunking false claims of miracles. Father Frank is suffering a crisis of faith when he is sent to investigate the miracles of a woman, the late Helen O'Regan who has been nominated for sainthood, and winds up becoming the greatest advocate for her canonization.[3]

Father Frank uncovers a series of extraordinary events but the most extraordinary thing of all may be the "saint's" very earthly daughter, Roxane (Anne Heche). Roxane is a non-believer who cannot forgive her otherwise selfless mother for abandoning her at the age of 16.[4]


Production notes

In a scene shot at the front doors of Toronto's City Hall, the outdoor sculpture by Henry Moore can be clearly seen in the background.


The soundtrack to The Third Miracle was released on December 14, 1999.

1."Interrupted Dream: Opening Titles"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek1:33
2."Bystricia At War"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek2:51
3."First Prayer"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek2:18
4."Frank and Roxanne"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek3:33
5."Before Your Eyes"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek2:53
6."Prayer At The Lake"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek1:27
7."Falcone"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek1:49
8."Domine Jesu"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek1:11
9."Call From Bystricia"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek2:12
10."Helen O'Reagan"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek2:49
11."They Call You A Miracle Killer"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek0:43
12."Meeting In The Hospital"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek2:59
13."Ordinary Woman"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek2:18
14."Maria In The Hospital"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek2:34
15."I Wanted It To Be True"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek2:15
16."The Confession"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek1:57
17."Unfinished Love Story"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek2:55
18."Farewell"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek1:09
19."Memories From The Lake"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek2:22
20."The Bleeding Statue"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek4:49
21."The Third Miracle"  Jan A.P. Kaczmarek3:20
Total length:49:57[5]


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