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Stigmata [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne, Jonathan Pryce, Nia Long, Thomas Kopache
  • Directors: Rupert Wainwright
  • Writers: Rick Ramage, Tom Lazarus
  • Producers: Frank Mancuso Jr., Vikki Williams
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Feb 2000
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305718954
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,406 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Gabriel Byrne plays Father Kiernan, a young Jesuit priest whose degree in chemistry makes him a sort of priest/detective as he investigates weeping Marys and the like around the world. Meanwhile, Frankie (Patricia Arquette), a rave-generation Pittsburgher, is afflicted with the stigmata--holes that appear in her wrists, resembling the wounds of Christ. The young woman's symptoms filter back to the Vatican and Father Kiernan is assigned to the case. The priest is puzzled by Frankie's atheism; usually the stigmata only appear on the devout (hence the age-old controversy of miracles vs. hysteria). Other manifestations appear on Frankie, and the priest's cardinal (Jonathan Pryce) is brought in, leading to political manoeuvring within the Church hierarchy. The film owes a large and obvious debt to The Exorcist (at one point, Frankie's bed scoots across the room and she levitates into a crucifix position) but to term it an Exorcist rip-off would be to short-change Stigmata. The premise and screenplay are more cerebral than in the l973 film, and the source of the phenomenon is coming from a completely different place.

Unfortunately, amid Stigmata's high-octane editing and slick technique, the chills of The Exorcist aren't there, giving the movie a sort of identity crisis: horror movie or intellectual thriller? Several elements of the film challenge basic tenets of the Catholic faith, hence the brief furore that erupted at the time of the film's release; if nothing else, the internal workings of the Church are shown in a very unflattering light indeed. Byrne excels as the sceptical priest, as does Arquette as the tortured young woman. All told, Stigmata is a rather uneven effort but one with a thought-provoking combination of theology and thrills served up in a thoroughly modern, stylish package. Fans of TV's Ally McBeal will recognise Portia De Rossi in a supporting role. --Jerry Renshaw --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Chaz on 9 Feb 2004
Format: DVD
Forget comparisons with the Exorcist and the Omen, this is THE best religiously - themed horror film, bar none. While all the other horror films were busy dealing with Satanists and evil, Rupert Wainwright manages to make a top rate horror film out of Christianity.
The film follows Frankie Paige, a hairdresser whoes realtively 'normal' life is shattered when she sufferes the first of the stigmata, the nails through the wrists. She has meetings with a priest to try to understand what is happening to her, and manages to fall for him, despite his vow of celibacy. As the movie progresses, a conspiracy to cover up a hidden gospel is unearthed, and the Vatican is prepared to take extreme measures to silence Frankie. I don't want to give away too much of the plot, because it is excellent, and the fil has an atmosphere unlike any others. True, the scenes where Frankie appears possesed and talks in a strange tongue, and the scene where she floats out of the bed are copied from the exorcist, but so what? They're done far better here, and the films own scenes are terrific. The scenes where Frankie recieves the stigmata are all sudden and shocking, especially the scene on the train, with the light flickering as the train goes through tunnels. If you like religously - themed film such as the Exorcist, the Omen, Rosemary's Baby, Bless The Child, etc. then you'll love this film. If you're new to the horror genre, then this is a great place to start. Top notch acting and visual effects, a great soundtrack and a truly absorbing plot make this one of the best films in my collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Oct 2000
Format: DVD
I saw the film in the cinema when it came out and had not read any reviews. I came out thinking it was a thought provoking film nicely dressed in a modern gloss (good visuals, sound etc). The main actors put in good understated performances that simply enhance the story - as it should be. I have read numerous reviews in DVD magazines which have slated the film but everyone I know who has seen it enjoyed it. Personally I found the Exorcist jumbled and disappointing but this film flows well. Its in my DVD library and recommend it heartily. I don't give 5 stars unless the film's astounding but this is certainly 4 (and a bit).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "alessav" on 19 July 2003
Format: DVD
The brilliant Stigmata is one the most intelligent and polished additions to the growing horror sub-genre of modern, surrealistic, gothic films designed to appeal to the younger end of the market - although the melodrama and unnecessary gore which plague similar efforts have found no place in this movie.
Whilst some of the composite sequences taking place as the protagonist, Frankie Paige (Arquette), receives her stigmatic wounds can tend to drag, the cinematic style is slick, dark, and highly atmospheric, with some stunning camera work. The sets themselves are well worth the viewing too, particularly the mahogany-lined vaults of Vatican City.
As far the plot goes - there is much to frustrate the expert theologian, with tenuous movie-science forays into dead languages and Catholic IT networks. However, the core thread of the story makes compelling viewing, creating a real sense of empathy with the main characters which keeps the suspense and adrenaline running high. The developing relationship between the main characters is extremely touching, even to the hardest rom-com cynic, mainly thanks to some sensitive acting from Byrne. The only and most vital flaw is the film's incessant need to explain everything as explicitly as possible without actually using subtitles - and occasionally actually using subtitles - though this is unlikely to bother the first-time viewer.
Although the chain of events which lead to the appearance of the stigmata - involving crying statues, pickpockets and a perennially absent mother on a trip to Brazil - beggars belief, you may well be left pondering anxiously on the film's tag line: Pray You're Not Next.
I can definitely recommend investing in this film - with the warning that due to the high reliance on suspense related to the ending, it is unlikely to give you the same adrenaline kick on the second viewing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LotteNebelong on 13 April 2013
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I have watched this film countless times on TV and decided to finally purchase it. I love it because of the rather Lutheran view on the gospels: that Jesus woud have said that the Kingdom of God is within us and around us and does not call for extravagant buildings. It gives whole new meaning to the term 'a good christian'! And oh well...I enjoy Gabriel Byrne as a catholic priest what's not to like? And Patricia Arquette is charming vulnerable and believable as Frankie.
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I saw this film years ago when it was first released and enjoyed it. I saw it again recently and enjoyed it even more the second time around. I had forgotten that the film was based upon the Gospel according to St. Thomas, a gospel that is not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church and is not included in the New Testament. The Gospel according to Thomas is not about the life of Jesus. Rather, it is about the things that Jesus said. There are one hundred and fourteen such sayings that have been translated. One of those sayings is at the heart of this film. "Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up a stone and you will find me."

The film is about an investigative Jesuit priest, a young atheist who suffers from the stigmata, and a conspiracy within the Roman Catholic Church to suppress a certain gospel, as if fears its destruction should that gospel become public. The investigative priest, Father Andrew Kiernan, is played with appropriate gravity by Gabriel Byrne, a serious man with a faith issue, as he is not just a man of the cloth, he is also a scientist with a degree in chemistry. He travels around the world investigating alleged miracles. The young atheist suffering from Stigmata is Frankie, a twenty-three year old hairdresser played with great sincerity by a young and nubile Patricia Arquette. Cardinal Houseman, the politically savvy church official seeking to suppress the perfidy of the Church, is played with zealous determination by Jonathan Pryce.

I loved everything about this film. While there are elements of horror intertwined with its underlying intellectual theme, these two odd bedfellows merely make the film more interesting. I certainly did not find the juxtaposition of these two elements incompatible.
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