Merrill Hess: One time, I was at this party… and I was sitting on the couch with Amanda McKinney. She was just sitting there, looking beautiful. So, I lean in to kiss her, and I realize I have gum in my mouth. So, I turn to spit it out and put it in a paper cup. I turn back, and Amanda McKinney throws up all over herself. I knew the moment it happened, it was a miracle. I could have been kissing her when she threw up. It would have scarred me for life. I may never have recovered.

Graham Hess: People break down into two groups when they experience something lucky. Group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. I’m sure the people in Group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation isn’t fifty-fifty. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they’re on their own. And that fills them with fear. Yeah, there are those people. But there’s a whole lot of people in the Group number one. When they see those fourteen lights, they’re looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever’s going to happen, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope. See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?

More Information

RELEASE DATE: July 29, 2002

BUDGET: $70,200,000 (estimated)
USA GROSS: $227, 965,690
US Video Rentals: $95 M (Mar. ’03)

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1


  • Mel Gibson – Rev. Graham Hess
  • Joaquin Phoenix – Merrill Hess
  • Rory Culkin – Morgan Hess
  • Abigail Breslin – Bo Hess
  • Cherry Jones – Officer Paski
  • M. Night Shyamalan – Ray Reddy
  • Patricia Kalember – Colleen Hess


Release Dates

  • USA – July 29, 2002


  • Drama / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller



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