Stigmata is an American horror film of the demonic possession subgenre. It was directed by Rupert Wainwright and written by Tom Lazarus. The film was produced by MGM and FGM Entertainment and released theatrically in the United States on September 10th, 1999. The film stars Patricia Arquette as Frankie Paige, a young woman from Pittsburgh who finds her body is now playing host to a seemingly demonic spirit. Coming to her aid is Gabriel Byrne as Father Andrew Kiernan, a priest who discovers that Frankie is actually possessed by the spirit of a former Catholic priest known to have suffered the stigmata - the physical manifestation of the wounds suffered by Jesus Christ during the crucifixion. While trying to help Frankie exorcise the spirit from her body, Father Kiernan learns a terrible secret - one that threatens to destroy the authority of the Catholic church.