R | | Horror
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.
Patricia Arquette was Rupert Wainwright's first choice to play Frankie.
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: Well, maybe if we start with a trim, we could go from there. Thank you.
Frankie: Come on. Have a seat. All ...
After Frankie receives the thorn-crown marks on her forehead, they disappear/reappear in different sizes/shapes for the rest of the film.
The DVD features an optional director's alternate ending from the theatrical version. In the scene near the end after Frankie (Patricia Arquette) is freed from her affliction, Father Kiernan (Gabriel Byrne) carries her outside in his arms and sits at a bench, and we see her collapse in his arms. He looks up to see her holding a bird in her hand, then she walks away. After she apparently walks away, he looks back down to see her lifeless body still in his arms -- she actually died from the fifth stigmata and he watched her soul depart. In the theatrical version, after she walks away with the bird, Father Kiernan is left alone on the bench, and the impression is that she's "cured" and lives the rest of her life naturally.
English, Assyrian Neo-Aramaic, Portuguese, Italian, Aramaic
$18,309,666 (USA) (12 September 1999)
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