How This 98-Year-Old Marine Vet’s Life of Miracles Birthed THE GIRL WHO BELIEVES IN MIRACLES
By Movieguide® Staff
While 98-year-old Laurence Jaffe experienced many miracles while serving in the Marine Corps, he also recognized the miracle of directing the new faith-based movie THE GIRL WHO BELIEVES IN MIRACLES.
“It’s sort of like a miracle,” Jaffe told The Christian Post in a recent interview.
Although Jaffe did not enter the entertainment business until later in life, he worked with fellow director Rich Correll to pull together the all-star cast for THE GIRL WHO BELIEVES IN MIRACLES, including Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino, Emmy Award-winner Peter Coyote, and GOD’S NOT DEAD actor Kevin Sorbo.
A portion of Movieguide®’s review of THE GIRL WHO BELIEVES IN MIRACLES reads:
THE GIRL WHO BELIEVES IN MIRACLES is entertaining, emotional and inspirational. The cast is phenomenal. They do a great job representing the walk of faith in the characters they portray. THE GIRL WHO BELIEVES IN MIRACLES reignites the spark of faith through a strong Christian worldview stressing goodness, prayer, family, hope, and miracles. Sara heals animals and injured children, recounts Biblical stories such as Lazarus, and has hope and faith even in her darkest hour. Families will enjoy THE GIRL WHO BELIEVES IN MIRACLES, which reminds us that anything is possible with God.
Jaffe’s connection to the theme of miracles that plays out in the movie started when he joined the Marine Corps in World War II.
“There was a time when I was in the service, in the Marine Corps, when a couple of things happened where I was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Jaffe explained. “I was walking on a railroad track and I didn’t know that trains [still] came on it … all of a sudden, a force came along, picked me up, and put me on the platform.
“Seconds later, an express train came down the same track I was walking on. So the fact that I’m here … is a miracle.”
The 98-year-old filmmaker, whose wife of 72 years died in October 2020, said that faith played a role in his life before his military experience.
“Up until the time that miracle occurred with me, I was a man of faith, and I happen to have a belief in God [by] just my faith, I had no proof,” Jaffe explained. “But then, when this miracle happened and my life was saved, I had a fact.”
“So now, I not only have faith that’s just based on belief, but it’s based on an actual fact that I do believe that miracles still happen!” Jaffe added.
Jaffe said that he hopes his movie will uplift audiences after an especially trying year.
“This happens to be an uplifting movie and anything to make people feel good now is so very critical,” Jaffe said. “They should really flock out to see it, to feel good about life and about themselves. We’ve been through a very, very tough year and now we’d like to see people feeling good again.”
As Movieguide® reports:
Nowadays, it’s rare to find quality Christian content that promotes an uplifting message that inspires Christians to reflect on their own faith. However, THE GIRL WHO BELIEVES IN MIRACLES does just that. As humans living in an imperfect world, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that miracles are still very present, and that God is always by our side. This movie reignites the spark of faith through a strong Christian worldview that stresses goodness, prayer, family, hope, faith, and miracles. Sara heals animals and injured children, recounts Biblical stories such as Lazarus, gives credit to God for her miracles, and has hope and faith even in the darkest hour. Families will enjoy the strong Christian content in THE GIRL WHO BELIEVES IN MIRACLES.
Check out our full review of THE GIRL WHO BELIEVES IN MIRACLES and see it in select theaters today.