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The Maldonado Miracle (2002)

Cast: Peter Fonda, Peter Fonda, Mare Winningham, more...
Director: Salma Hayek, Salma Hayek
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Studio: Showtime Entertainment
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
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Synopsis
Actress Salma Hayek makes her directorial debut with this heartwarming drama based on the novel by Theodore Taylor. Josť (Eddy Martin) is a young boy from Mexico who sneaks into the United States in search of his father, a migrant worker. On the run with an injured arm and looking for a place to rest, Josť sneaks into a church in San Ramos, CA, and hides in a scaffolding above the pulpit. Blood from Josť's arm drips onto a statue of Christ, and the next morning when Josephina (Soledad St. Hilaire), a devoted member of the congregation, arrives for her daily prayers, she's convinced that the plaster figure is weeping tears of blood. Father Russell (Peter Fonda), the parish priest, isn't sure if this is a genuine miracle or not, though given the town's financial woes and his own waning faith, the timing would be good for one. As Father Russell tries to determine just what has happened, Josephina begins spreading word of the miracle, as and the story spreads, it becomes increasingly embellished. Soon curious believers and intrigued skeptics flood San Ramos, boosting the town's sagging economy, with Maisie (Mare Winningham), proprietor of the local cafe, one of the prime beneficiaries. Maisie, however, has also discovered and taken in Josť, and when she and her friend Cruz (Ruben Blades) learn the truth about the weeping statue, they're unsure if they should tell the townspeople just what has happened. The Maldonado Miracle was produced for cable television broadcast in a partnership between Hallmark Productions and the Showtime premium cable network. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide



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Dave Chappelle loves him, and so does Salma Hayek. We've all seen him, his skills are a matter of record, and yet his props are so few and far between!
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Refuse and Resist
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(mostly) young protagonists resist, struggle to survive, and fight the power
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