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Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima DVD


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  • Screen chronicle based on actual 1917 events outside Fatima, Portugal, where three shepherd children report visions of the Virgin Mary and confront anticlerical government oppression in the process.

    Actors: Gilbert Roland, Angela Clarke, Susan Whitney, Sherry Jackson, Carl Milletaire
    Directors: John Brahm
    Writers: Crane Wilbur, James OHanlon
    Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
    Language: French (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
    Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
    Number of discs: 1
    Studio: Warner Home Video
    Run Time: 102 minutes
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    The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima tells the storythrough an admittedly Hollywood prismof one of the most beloved Catholic legends of the 20th century. Three young shepherd children in the remote Portuguese mountain town Fatima reported seeing a vision in 1917 of "a beautiful lady" who spoke to them of strife, war and peace and the love of Jesus. Soon the word spread, and throngs, teetering on mobs, gathered near the site for a glimpse of what they believed to be Mary, mother of Jesus. The children remained steadfast in their account, despite threats from the church and the government, and the final appearance of the lady, on Oct. 13, 1917, was accompanied by strange apparitions in the sky that have yet to be explained by science. The movie is well-made and -acted, especially by a radiant Susan Whitney, who plays the oldest child, Lócia Abóbora dos Santos. The screenplay takes some liberties with the facts: the lovable jokester-sidekick character of Hugo is fictitious, and one wonders if perhaps a few of Our Ladys cautions about the multitude of evil things happening in 1917 Russia might have been heard through a Cold War filter. But the 1952 film is moving and is a reminder that big studios once routinely, and profitably, released religious-themed movies, to audiences who surely would appreciate some of the same today.

    - A.T. Hurley

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