The Maldonado Miracle [DVD] [2002]

Salma Hayek made her directorial debut with this made-for-cable drama, which has been given a respectful release on DVD. The Maldonado Miracle has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The original English-language audio is presented in two formats, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo, while the dubbed Spanish soundtrack appears in Dolby Digital Mono; the feature is also closed captioned in English. Bonus materials include a commentary track from director Hayek, bonus interviews with Hayek and cast members Peter Fonda, Eddy Martin, and Mare Winningham, and filmographies for Hayek, Fonda, and Winningham.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Director's commentary by Salma Hayek
  • Interviews: Salma Hayek, Peter Fonda, Eddy Martin, Mare Winningham
  • Filmographies: Salma Hayek, Peter Fonda, Mare Winningham
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

The Maldonado Miracle
Actress Salma Hayek makes her directorial debut with this heartwarming drama based on the novel by Theodore Taylor. José (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, José sneaks into a church in San Ramos, CA, and hides in a scaffolding above the pulpit. Blood from José'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 José, 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, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Peter Fonda
    Peter Fonda - Father Russell
  • Mare Winningham
    Mare Winningham - Maisie
  • Eddy Martin
    Eddy Martin - José Maldonado
  • Bill Sage
    Bill Sage - Lyle
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    Dan Merket - Olcott
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