Synopsis: A priest from the Vatican is sent to Sao Paulo, Brazil to investigate the appearance of the face of the Virgin Mary on the side of a building. While there he hears of a statue of the Virgin Mary bleeding tears in a small town outside of the city. Meanwhile, a young woman in the U.S. begins to show signs of stigmata, the wounds of Christ. The priest from the Vatican links up with her and cares for her as she is increasingly afflicted by the stigmata. Her ranting and raving finally begins to make sense to the priest who starts to question what his religion has stood for for the last 1900 years.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Rupert Wainwright
Production: MGM
  6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

I don't want to think about it.

It's making me cranky.

Let's get our tired asses to work

cos we are late.

You're always late. There's nothing new.

Ciao, bello!

Are you looking for a good time?

That is very kind of you,

but no, thank you.

Come on! Have some fun! Be a man!

No problem!

We'll give you the Vatican discount!


- Father Andrew Kiernan, welcome back.

- Cardinal Houseman.

These are interesting. What's the trick?

To be honest, I don't know.

They probably made a fortune out of her.

What's... What was this?

Infrared photographs of tears.

The statue's at room temperature,

but the tears show up

as white because...

- Because they're warm.

- Warm tears?


My lab report and analysis confirm that

the blood is not only warm, but... human.

I know what you're thinking,

but with all due respect, Daniel,

this isn't a fake. It's solid stone.

There is no scientific explanation.

Andrew, you were sent to Brazil

to investigate the appearance of

the Virgin Mary on the side of a building.

Yes, but in Sao Paulo I heard

about the statue, so I investigated.

- And?

- And what?

- The face of the Virgin Mary?

- It's an oxidation stain

caused by rainwater running down

untreated side walls.

Causes an optical illusion

of a veiled woman.

Good. We'll consider the matter closed.

Father Dario has your next assignment.

I was hoping that perhaps you could

send me back to Belo Quinto.


Because I need to do

some more tests on the statue.

You've left the statue in Belo Quinto?

Yes. I was going to take it back,

but when I saw the effect

it had on the people...

It's become a cornerstone of their faith.

Andrew, the cornerstone

of their faith is the Church,

not a crying statue.

You represent the Catholic Church

and the Congregation

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Tom Lazarus

Tom Lazarus (born 1942) is an American screenwriter, director and producer. He is best known for writing the 1999 horror film Stigmata, and is the author of the screenwriting manual, The Last Word: Definitive Answers to All Your Screenwriting Questions (2012, Michael Wiese Productions). He has won more than two dozen international film festival honors including Best Educational Film of the Year at the San Francisco Film Festival and a nomination for a CLIO for directing a Fair House Public Service TV spot. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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