Friday Night Movie Pick: Miracles
Staring Tom Conti and Teri Garr
with Christopher Lloyd and Paul Rodriguez
For This Week's movie post, I decided to choose a film that may not be familiar to many but that I found funny, charming and adorably quirky. The movie is from the 1980s and stars the always funny Teri Garr and Tom Conti. I had seen this movie on Netflix some months back and was disappointed that Netflix took it off their list. Alas I've come to expect this from them, movies will be put up then taken down then mysteriously brought back again. It's a shame really because sometimes some real gems get cast aside and you can't find them anywhere else and Miracles is one of them.
Let's see how to describe Miracles, it is at it's center about seemingly random events that are not so random at all but that are part of a greater plan with everything fitting together just so. The main premise concerns a bickering divorced couple played by Conti and Garr who find themselves kidnapped by a pair of bumbling bank robbers. In the course of their journey which includes a crash landing in a remote mountain top in a foreign country, a series of seemingly discrete events happens that as I said before all seem random at first but it the end are all connected. For instance, the plane crash dislodges a bolder that rolls down a hill that knocks unconscious the intruder that was holding a family hostage, a wayward bullet from a police officer trying to get one of the bank robbers hits a bird in the sky that lands on the dinner table of a starving family praying for food and then there is a shipwreck that brings a doctor to a remote village to heal a sick girl and so forth and so on.
All the while, you have some very funny scenes of a couple who beneath all the bickering have the potential to be just right for each other. I've tried to be vague enough so that you can still discover the pleasures of the movie for yourself while at the same time trying to give you a taste of its magic. I wish Netflix still had it up because it truly is a fun movie.
Another reason I chose this film is because sometimes when troubles hit us or things don't go according to "our plan" we can feel lost and don't see the forest for the trees so to speak. Whether or not you believe that life is part of a greater plan it is hard to deny that things are often connected to some as yet unrealized future event and that as hopeless as a given circumstance may appear it is but a moment away from a catalyst dislodging that bolder and setting you free from whatever is holding you captive.