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Stigmata (1999)

Patricia Arquette , Gabriel Byrne , Rupert Wainwright  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (380 customer reviews)

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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: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: February 29, 2000
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (380 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305718954
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,143 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stigmata" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Director's Alternate Ending
  • Natalie Imbruglia Music Video
  • Collectible 8-Page Booklet

Editorial Reviews

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 maneuvering 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 shortchange 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 furor 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 skeptical 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 recognize Portia DeRossi in a supporting role. --Jerry Renshaw

Product Description

A lost soul has just received the wounds of Christ and a shocking message that will alter history. Stunning performances from Patricia Arquette (True Romance), Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects) and Jonathan Pryce (Ronin) and a cutting edge score by Billy Corgan of The SmashingPumpkins and Elia Cmiral make Stigmata a visual and visceral feast (Entertainment Today). Frankie Paige (Arquette) has absolutely no faith in God. All of that changes when she suddenly begins to suffer the Stigmatathe living wounds of the crucified Christ. Frankie's miraculous bleeding comes to the attention of the Vatican's top investigator, Father Kiernan (Byrne). But when Cardinal Houseman (Pryce), discovers that Frankie is actually channeling an extraordinary and provocative message that could destroy the Church, he's convinced that she - and the force possessing hermust be forever silenced. Determined to stop this deadly conspiracy, Kiernan risks his faithandhis lifeto save her and the message that will change the destiny of mankind forever!

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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Done and very entertaining February 29, 2000
O.K., so in the past year or so I have found that I don't enjoy the movies that get "Thumbs up". If I want to see "real life", I'll look out the window. When I pay to see a movie I want to be entertained. So I was expecting to like this movie (since critics didn't). But what I saw was a movie that was extremely well acted by ALL involved, a movie that was beautifully photographed (with some amazing shots throughout)and a truly brave story line that was sure to alienate a HUGE market share.
I can't possibly imagine what the critics did not like about this well paced, well acted thriller.
At the least it is the most underrated movie of the year.
One note...Inside the booklet that comes in the DVD case, there is a letter from the Director. It explains that the DVD comes with an alternate ending, and to please watch the entire movie WITH the alternate ending (as opposed to watching the alternate ending as a seperate scene after viewing the theatrical version). And sure enough, when you click "play movie" from the main menu, you must make a choice. Go with the directors cut. I viewed the theatrical ending after I watched the directors cut, and the film lost it's impact.
The transfer to DVD is excellent, and the sound is fine. There is nothing muddy or muddled about this movie. And although the subject of stigmata has been handled before,I guarantee that you have never seen it handled like this. I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish by this fine movie. If you are on the fence about buying stigmata, go for it. It's the best thriller I have seen in a while.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance December 28, 1999
This DVD features a gorgeous 2.35:1 widescreen transfer, capturing all of the films beauty. STIGMATA is probably the most gorgeously filmed movie EVER, and the DVD edition is great. The added scenes are great, the alternate ending is VERY interesting, and the Natalie Imbruglia music video, for the truly haunting "Identify", is moody and luscious. For open-minded viewers, Stigmata is a great pick. And for the record, it does NOT rip off The Exorcist, as the Exorcist did not INVENT "possession signals", such as talking in a strange deeper voice, speaking different languages, or facial contortions; these have been documented phenomena in MANY TRUE POSSESSION CASES. Just wanted to clear that up. Patricia Arquette is brilliant.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A delicate bit February 16, 2000
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Stigmata is a delicate movie to the extent that it provokes emotions and opinions along the two extremes of the scale. One thing is for sure: your feelings are bound to be strong about this movie. As far as context and message are concerned, the base topic about faith and church is old enough; the conclusion is somewhat more fresh, though far from being as radical as intended. Anyway, if you do not look too deep into the theoretical side of it, the message is viable and elegantly presented.
What IS outstanding about Stigmata is acting. Indeed, Patricia Arquette gives one of her best performances as fate-struck Frankie; Jonathan Pryce excels at the role of the smooth-mannered evil cardinal; and... yes, my favourite Irishman... Gabriel Byrne is just dazzling as self-denying Father Kiernan. No doubt, he is the spiritual and emotional centre of the whole story, and he suggests that in a gentle, elegant way throughout the film. Paradoxically, Byrne calls the viewer to root for his character even more than Arquette does for her own victim figure. Director Rupert Wainwright also deserves applause for tactful storyhandling, beautiful imaging, and, very importantly, for leaving space for his actors to play out their characters in their full complexity. I think, to finish with, that this movie is a fine one and well worth seeing on DVD, but certainly not for the weak.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and Beautiful February 7, 2000
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Though I understand that Stigmata got a lot of poor and unfair reviews and it is not for everyone, I STILL think it's a wonderful movie! I left the theater with my jaw hanging and eyes gaping at how good it really was. As always, Gabriel Byrne has a way of pulling you into the film and into the feelings of the characters....especially his. Through his character who is a Catholic Preist, I FELT his struggle with love and religion - both common struggles to anyone who has a heart, soul, or brain. I never found any fault with ANYTHING that happened in the movie, like the fact that if Patricia Arquette was posessed by a holy Saint, I don't think he would be trying to seduce Father Kiernan (Byrne). No one who nitpicks EVER enjoys a movie! Some things to enjoy: the artistic direction was beautiful in a creepy, X-files sort of way and they couldn't have picked someone better than Billy Corgan to compose music. (My favorite band is the Smashing Pumpkins, favorite Actor - Gabriel can see how I loved this movie!) Corgan added an extra demension to the film as I kept thinking I heard heartbeats coming from the back of the theater. The main thing that attracted me to this movie (Byrne aside) was all the commotion surrounding the "bad rep" that Catholics were given. I personally found it funny that, as a whole, they spend too much of their time dishing it out to others but they can't take it themselves. This movie is like a government conspiracy only it involves corruption among a sanction of society that undoubtedly has INFINITELY more power than the government - the religious institutions. As with all conspiracy movies, all I have to say is that it really makes you think....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it!
Whas not to like. Great subject, great actors. Well done.
Published 10 days ago by Kevin C
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet!
I love this movie for some reason, lol! It came on time & in perfect condition. I'm glad with this purchase.
Published 14 days ago by Takia Pollard
5.0 out of 5 stars this has always been one of my fav's
I fall asleep to this movie every night I could quote every word. I don't know just something about Stigmata that intrigues me...
Published 1 month ago by Erica Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense
I was in a nostalgic mood and remembered how interesting this movie was. Great cast, compelling story and happy ending. Who could ask for more?
Published 1 month ago by Sharon E McManus
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting thought provoking movie..
Very good exciting thought provoking movie.Both actors,Gabriel Byrne and Patricia Arquette were great in their parts.I really enjoyed the movie.
Published 1 month ago by Irish lady
3.0 out of 5 stars Story of suspence...
I enjoyed early part of the movie...
This is part of faith and has some real situations so no question is asked. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nara
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for this movie
I have always had a believe and this movie showed me that believe. I was in love with this movie the first time I saw it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Denise Roey
1.0 out of 5 stars Scratches and Skips
About three-fourths into the DVD it stuck/skipped... I had to forward to get the disc playing again... I tried in numerous DVD players and the same thing happened.
Published 2 months ago by T_Shrugged
5.0 out of 5 stars Very hip horror
Love the music, the story which turns into a love story between the girl and the priest. Also throws a lot of what the Catholic church says out the door as far as how they feel God... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jadetiger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
I loved the movie and the actors! I don't quite buy into Catholic bashing and at times this was done. Read more
Published 2 months ago by harpo
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