The Miracle (1991) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Miracle (1991)




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Neil Jordan's lyrical Irish romance takes place in the small seaside town of Bray (near Dublin) and concerns two teenage friends, Jimmy (Niall Byrne) and Rose (Lorraine Pilkington). They spend their days roaming the cobblestone streets and waterlogged piers. To while away the time, Rose and Jimmy make up stories about strangers on the street. One day, while watching people at the train station, a sophisticated and glamorous older woman, Renee Baker (Beverly D'Angelo), stands out so imposingly from the drab townsfolk that Jimmy and Rose decide to follow her, obsessed with knowing everything about her. They follow her to the beach and at last Renee speaks to them. When she looks at Jimmy, he's immediately smitten by this mysterious woman. Rose, who has feelings for Jimmy herself, decides to make him jealous by trying to attract a young lion tamer from a traveling circus. But Jimmy is completely attached to Renee and his desire leads him to fateful consequences.

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Beverly D'Angelo
as Renee Baker
J.G. Devlin
as Beausang
Cathleen Delaney
as Miss Strange
Shane Connaughton
as Rose's Father
Sylvia Teron
as Muscular Lady
Anita Reeves
as Ballroom Singer
John Devlin
as Saxophone Player
Ruth McCabe
as Wardrobe Mistress
Earl Gill
as Trumpet Player
Johnny Devlin
as Saxophone Player
Patrick Mason
as Director
Stanley Townsend
as Washington
Mary Coughlan
as Mrs. Brunowski
Mal Whyte
as Mayor
Darragh Kelly
as 1st Cowboy
Alan Archbold
as 2nd Cowboy
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Critic Reviews for The Miracle

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Shot with startling dream sequences, punctuated by surreal circus imagery, propelled by Anne Dudley's sublimely moody score, The Miracle creates a world charged with youthful romanticism yet tempered by the comic tranquillity of recollection.

February 7, 2018 | Full Review…
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The Miracle opens with small enchantments and a warmth of feeling, and then at around the midway point gets bogged down in miscalculations that are finally fatal.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The Miracle has so much poetic-nattering-by-the-Irish-seaside that the movie keeps drifting into the stratosphere. Jordan should come back down to earth. He does much better there.

June 1, 1991 | Rating: C-

Made just one year before The Crying Game, the movie that put Neil Jordan on the map, this Irish-set tale is intimate, mysterious and well acted.

March 17, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A wonderfully acted Irish film written and directed by Neil Jordan

July 20, 2003 | Full Review…

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