The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima

Synopsis: In 1917, three shepherd children living just outside Fatima, Portugal have visions of a lovely lady in a cloud. The anticlerical government wishes to squelch the Church; reports of religious experiences are cause for serious concern. Yet the children stand by their story, and the message of peace and hope the Lady brings. In the last vision, attended by thousands of people, the Lady proves her reality with a spectacular miracle that is seen by everyone present. Based on actual events at Fatima in the summer of 1917.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): John Brahm
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
102 min




Citizens of Portugal!


Soldiers and sailors

of the revolution,

all that is left

of the king's garrison

has either surrendered

or been killed.


Manuel has abdicated

and is on his way to England.


We proclaim the birth

of the People's

Socialist Republic!


In the Portugal of 1910,

there was

a swift and sudden uprising.

Planned and executed

by a Socialist minority,

its purpose was to overthrow

the government

and establish a police state.

Here was an early pattern

of what was to happen

time and again

in many countries of Europe.

As we have destroyed the power

of the monarchy in Portugal,

so we will destroy

the power of the Church!


And march on

to the liberation of the masses

and rule of the proletariat!


How often have we heard

those same words since then?

And so began

a savage persecution

of all religious orders.

Priests who opposed

the government

were thrown into prison.

Others caught in a dragnet

by the military police

were photographed and numbered

like common criminals.

But the Portuguese

clung to their faith.

And after seven years

of political upheaval,

churches in remote districts

were permitted to reopen.

So it was in

the mountain village of Ftima,

where a simple people

paid tribute

to the God of their fathers.

Here is Ftima

on Sunday, May 15, 1917.



Some wine, Frederico.




I'm in bad trouble, Hugo.

You're a tired man, Antnio.

You work very hard

on your land and...

nothing grows.


It's enough to drive

a man to drink.

My wife doesn't know

what I suffer.


But I do, Antnio.

I can't sleep

for thinking about it.

I say to myself,

"Hugo, you must help

your friend.

"He's trapped

like an animal."

Like an animal.

So I tell you this:

Sell that evil land.

Yes. Yes, yes.

Sell the land?


And with the money,

you and I will become partners

in a wonderful enterprise.

We'll buy a boat.

A boat?


In the mountains?

Ah, we'll leave

these barren hills behind.

We go away to the sea,

become fishermen.

Fish need no watering,

no planting, nothing.

That's the life, I tell you.


I'm thinking.

You'll do it, huh?




You refuse?

Mass is over.

My wife is there.

But the land.

The money, the fish, huh?



Now we've got to find

your father.

Not only does he stay out

all night,

but he also misses Mass.

Perhaps he had

an accident, Mama.

Every Saturday night

he has an accident.

A collision

with the wine bottle.

He's probably in jail.

Don't upset yourself, Mama.

Papa will come home.

He always does.

Maybe I'll find him

at the tavern.

Don't wait for me.

Lcia, you take the sheep

to the cova.

Yes, Mama.


Good morning,

Senhora dos Santos.

Where's Antnio?


Bless you, senhora,

I have not seen him in a week.

Lcia! Papa and Mama have gone

to the market at Batalha.

To buy a pig, and Papa told us

to take the sheep

and go with you to the cova.

Mama fixed bread and cheese

for us.

And Hugo

provides the dessert.


Oh! Hugo!


Gently, Francisco, gently.

Ladies first.

Here, my beautiful

little one. Here.

I brought them all the way

from Ourm.

Good, huh? They should be.

They nearly cost me my life.


Your life?

I saw them in an orchard

by the roadside.

You stole them.

Stealing? Me?

Aw, Jacinta, how can you

think that about Hugo?

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Crane Wilbur

Crane Wilbur (November 17, 1886 – October 18, 1973) was an American writer, actor and director for stage, radio and screen. He was born in Athens, New York. Wilbur is best remembered for playing Harry Marvin in The Perils of Pauline. He died in Toluca Lake, California.He was a prolific writer and director of at least 67 films from the silent era into the sound era, but it was as an actor that he found lasting recognition, particularly playing opposite Pearl White in the iconoclastic serial The Perils of Pauline. He brought to the first motion pictures merry eyes, a great, thick crop of wavy, black hair and an athlete's interest in swimming and horseback riding. Twelve years of stage experience prepared him for his venture into the new art of silent motion pictures. He was one of the first to explore the techniques required to communicate through the wordless shadows of the movies. more…

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