The Miracle (1991 film)

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The Miracle
The Miracle (1991 film).jpg
Directed by Neil Jordan
Produced by Redmond Morris
Stephen Woolley
Written by Neil Jordan
Starring Beverly D'Angelo
Donal McCann
Niall Byrne
Music by Anne Dudley
Cinematography Philippe Rousselot
Edited by Joke van Wijk
Distributed by Miramax Films
Palace Films
Release dates United Kingdom:
5 April 1991
United States:
July 3, 1991
Running time 97 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $835,519

The Miracle is a 1991 drama film written and directed by Neil Jordan. It stars Beverly D'Angelo, Donal McCann, and Niall Byrne.[1] It was entered into the 41st Berlin International Film Festival.[2]

Plot[edit]

Two teenage friends, Jimmy (Niall Byrne) and Rose (Lorraine Pilkington) live in the small seaside town of Bray, Ireland. They spend their days wandering the streets and piers. To kill time, Rose and Jimmy make up stories about strangers on the street. One day, while watching people at the train station, a stylish older woman, Renee Baker (Beverly D'Angelo), stands out so imposingly from the dull townsfolk that Jimmy and Rose decide to follow her, infatuated with knowing everything about her. They pursue her to the beach and at last Renee speaks to them. When she looks at Jimmy, he's at once infatuated with this mystifying woman. Rose, who has feelings for Jimmy herself, decides to make him jealous by trying to attract a young lion tamer from a travelling circus. But Jimmy is completely attached to Renee and his desire leads him to fateful consequences.[3]

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The film got mixed reviews upon its release in 1991. Critic Roger Ebert gave the film a two star rating out of four saying, "Strange, how a movie of such delicate romantic sensibilities could go astray because of a heavy-handed plot."[4] However, the film currently holds a 71% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with five reviewers giving positive reviews and two critics giving it a bad review.[5]

Box office[edit]

The Miracle was released on July 3, 1991 in the United States and made $12,076 in its opening weekend. The film made a mere $835,519 all together when it ended its run on October 10, 1991 with its widest release being in 41 theatres.[6]

Availability[edit]

After the film's theatrical run, the film was released on videocassette in January 1992 by Live Home Video and around the same time in Canada by Cineplex Odeon and MCA. To this day, the film has never been released on DVD and as of 11 January 2010 Lions Gate Home Entertainment has yet to announce any plans for a DVD release.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Irish Filmography 1896-1996; Red Mountain Press (Dublin); 1996. Page 202
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1991 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  3. ^ Brenner, Paul. "The Miracle - Plot synopsis". Allmovie. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (1991-07-19). "The Miracle". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  5. ^ "The Miracle (1991)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  6. ^ "The Miracle (1991)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 

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