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


- Are you the investigator?

- Yes.

Thank God you've come.

Who's in charge here?

Father Alameida was.

Look! How much proof do you need?!

Has the statue been removed

from the church for any reason?

No. The statue only started crying

on the day Father Alameida died.

The day the doves came back.

The people of the village loved Alameida.

The tears of the Mother

are the blood of Christ.

I suggest you clear the church.

I have to crate the statue up.

- Crate it up?

- Yes.

Father Alameida would

never have allowed that.

Ma'am? This is Father Alameida's

own rosary...

- No, lady, you really shouldn't buy that.

- No, I like it... How much?

You shouldn't do that!

You're stealing from the dead!

Hail Mary, full of grace,

the Lord is with thee:

Blessed art thou amongst women,

and blessed is the...

No virgin, me

For I have sinned

I sold my soul

For sex and gin

Go call a priest

All meek and mild

And tell him Mary

Is no more a child

It's raining stones

It's raining bile

From the luxury

Of your denial

I press alarms

Place bets on truth

I'm so up and down

And now I'm growing old


Whatever happened to Mary?

Whatever happened to Mary?

Whatever happened to Mary?

Whatever happened to Mary?

Whatever happened to...

I'll spit on floors

And do more drugs

Burn every bill

Get drunk on love

Wear next to nothing...

Hey, Frankie, sweetheart!

Let's go. I'm trashed.

Are you too tired to go home with me?

I'm tired, not dead.

I'll be uncareful

I'll cause such scenes

And I'll never talk

Of used-to-be's

Tattoo my face

I won't go grey

Be a dancing queen

I'm growing old disgracefully

I'm so up and down

And I love what's not allowed

I was lost

Now I see

And now I'm growing old disgracefully

Oh, hi, Mom.

How do you do that?

How did you know that was me?

You have the most persistent ring I know.

I just wanted to say hi while

I'm near a phone. How are you?

Where are you?

Belo Quinto, near Rio.

Mom, hold on, I'm getting another call.


It's about time. Where you been, baby?

I hate it when you just leave.

You could say goodbye.


"Why?" Forget it.

Look, I got my mom on the other line.

I'll see you tonight.

All right, I'll see you later.

Mom? Hi, I'm back.

So how do you like Rio?

- It was great. Did you get my package?

- Yeah, I got it yesterday.

- What did you think? Did you open it yet?

- Hold on, I'm gonna change phones.

What do you think? Did you get a chance

to look at everything?

I'm opening it now.

- Pretty postcards.

- Aren't those pretty?

- Cute brush.

- I saw a lady make that.

- A little hat.

- It's probably for a little doll.

- A necklace?

- Its not really a necklace. Its a rosary.

- Where did you get it?

- This little village...

- Belo Quinto.

- I didn't know you went there.

I took a little side trip.

So, the presents, do you love 'em?

Im so glad we talked.

Im going on that cruise.

We won't talk for a month. I have to run.

Have fun. I love you.

I'm glad you called, Mom. Bye.

- Can I get two lattes, please? Low fat.

- Got it.

- Just one. I'm OK.

- A bacon and egg sandwich, too.

To go. What's up?

You're not eating today?

I threw up this morning

from the smell of tea.


- Like a week.

- A week?

I don't know. A few days. I feel weird.

You're so dramatic.

I think you're just psyching yourself out.

I feel like my heart

went to go live in my stomach.

OK, it's not traumatic!

- What if I'm having a baby?

- With Steven?

What if I'm bringing a person

into this world?

Man, what if? You've got options.

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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