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At Theaters: 9/10/1999 On Video: 2/29/2000
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 42 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 079906
Studio: MGM Pictures
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When a young woman becomes the focus of brutal assaults by an unseen attacker, the spiritual implications of the incidents drive a Vatican official to send a priest to investigate. Upon witnessing her affliction firsthand, the priest becomes more concerned with saving her life than debunking her claims.

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Thriller - A thriller with strong religious & spiritual overtones and minimal suspense. Thought-provoking more than action-oriented.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Patricia Arquette (The Hi-Lo Country)
Gabriel Byrne (The Man in the Iron Mask)
Jonathan Pryce (Ronin)
Nia Long (In Too Deep)
Producer: Frank Mancuso, Jr. (Ronin)
Director: Rupert Wainwright (Blank Check)
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PROFANITY: Extreme but infrequent.
SEX/NUDITY: One extremely quick sex scene and an instance of discreet nudity.
VIOLENCE: Crucifixion images.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Occasional social drinking.
ACTION: A few mild instances.
COMEDY: Mild and infrequent.
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Above Average
Stigmata is an unusually intelligent and original thriller. While it loosely resembles end-of-the-world efforts like The Seventh Sign, the plot is more thoughtful and restrained. Stigmata takes an unflinching look at the power of and the capability for corruption in organized religion. There is an extensive back story that students of early Christian writings will appreciate, and the ultimate message embraced by the film is one of deep spiritual significance. As for the supernatural forces brought to bear - the only demons haunting these characters are their own.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 141 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
22
High
95%
13-19Teens (F)
15
Very High
93%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
31
Fairly High
94%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
23
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
30
High
83%
30+Adults (F)
20
Fairly High
90%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

Frankie Paige (Patricia Arquette) is in her twenties. She works as a hairdresser. She has a boyfriend. There are a hundred other girls like Frankie Paige within a mile radius of her apartment.

But unlike all of them, things happen to Frankie -- terrible things she can't understand or explain. And though she has tried everything to make them stop, they're just getting worse. She goes to doctors and psychologists, but even they can't answer the most important question: why her?

At the darkest moment of one of her episodes, a chance encounter with a local priest is caught on tape and the frightening implications of the incident drive the Vatican to send their own investigator, Andrew Kiernan (Gabriel Byrne). Confronted with the powerful force that has taken control of Frankie, Kiernan immediately recognizes the true danger she is in and he must search his own soul for the strength to save her life, even if it goes against everything he believes.

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