Angelina Jolie prays for miracle on set of ‘Unbroken,’ God delivers


By Mark Ellis

Jolie with Louis Zamperini
Jolie with Louis Zamperini

Angelina Jolie is not a Christian, but she found a powerful answer to prayer recently while filming the movie “Unbroken,” thanks to her bond with WWII hero and devout Christian Louis Zamperini.

Zamperini, who passed to his reward on July 2, was the Olympic runner and POW survivor who inspired Jolie’s film based on the best-selling book Unbroken.

While directing one particular scene in New South Wales, Australia, Jolie found herself in desperate need of a miracle, according to a Christian Post story.

“She was not a person of faith and had never prayed before but she found herself at the very last scene of the movie … they needed sunlight to shoot this very important scene and there had been a storm that had been going for a while,” Zamperini’s daughter Cynthia Garris told a press conference in New York Friday.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do so I’ll do what Louie would do,” she declared to the great surprise of those around her on the set.

Then Jolie did something completely out of character. She got down on her knees and prayed for a miracle.

Then God answered in an amazing way! “Everybody saw it,” Garris recalled. “It stopped raining. The sun came out, a rainbow came out, she said, ‘let’s get this take’ [and] they shot the take. When she said ‘cut,’ it started to rain again.”

The same Jesus who calmed a stormy sea with a mere word, who has the wind and waves at his command – answered Jolie’s prayer!

The astonishing prayer was prompted by Zamperini’s own faith and the capacity of his gripping story to impact even nonreligious people, Garris maintained.

“She was moved by my father’s faith to try that and that’s what he wants for people to get from the movie,” Garris said. “I’ll tell you, when my father died we were all with him in the hospital. [Angelina] came about 45 minutes later and she was pointing above saying ‘I know he’s with us, I know he’s there with God.’ I think maybe in God’s plan for Angelina, she was supposed to find Louie and make this movie to find her way to a life that would encompass the Almighty.”

Sadly, Jolie’s will not include the story of Zamperini’s Christian faith in the film, which explains his miraculous recovery from PTSD, his saved marriage, his quest to forgive his former captors, and the courageous life of faith he lived.

“We made it universal, not specific to one faith, and that was something that was agreed upon with Louie,” Jolie maintained. “He said he wanted the message to reach everyone. He said to make faith and forgiveness universal … he said this is about reaching everyone and this should speak to everyone … If you were looking for symbolism and miracles in the film you will see them.”

“Unbroken” will be in theaters in the U.S. on Christmas Day.


Related: Zamperini film by Angelina Jolie will not include his faith in Christ

Lost for 47 days at sea, a God of miracles saved Louis Zamperini

How Louis Zamperini came to Christ


  1. Keep praying for Angelina Jolie and her husband, Brad Pitt. Brad was raised in a Christian home and knows the gospel. Pray that Louie’s life and testimony, and that God Himself will woo and win their hearts to Christ. Lord, use this film in a mighty way to stirr hunger to want to know MORE. Use the film, to lead many to Christ, as they read more about Louie’s life and what ultimately gave him the grace to forgive.

  2. It was his life she was making the movie about, , she should have included the religious part of it to, for i think that played a very big part in his survival and his success. There is only one God. He should be put first. To dismiss those parts of the movie is wrong, just wrong.

    • How about you make your own version of the film to your heart’s desire? God is already there in this miracle. I am happy and very grateful with that.

  3. How nice of god to take time out of his busy schedule of giving Aids to babies in Africa to change the weather for Angelina’s filming schedule. Got to love those priorities.

    • God does not give aids to babies. John 10:10 says the devil comes to kill steal and destroy and Jesus came to give abundant life. God answered her pray because she prayed believing He would and He delighted to answer her. He was revealing who He is, a wonderful loving God.

  4. the gods are most likely just made up. Rain eases in a movie set and benighted christians fall over themselves to claim a ” miracle “. So much for the 200,000 or so that might have prayed for a nice day when the tsunami struck 10 years ago . This fawning blather is classic believer nonsense. If there actually is a god and it privileges prayer on a movie set or a football goal over the prayers of a mother whose child is dying then … Seriously? There is 1- something wrong with your God 2- something wrong with your thinking . Ignorance upon ignorance.

  5. Glad
    Personally don’t like Jolie but it is so amazing that someone reached her
    I pray I can be like ‘Louie’ to a ‘Jolie’ out there.
    You know even if they didn’t make it specific to any faith, the Holy Ghost can use even one word to reach whomever He pleases.

  6. “Sadly, Jolie’s will not include the story of Zamperini’s Christian faith in the film, which explains his miraculous recovery from PTSD, his saved marriage, his quest to forgive his former captors, and the courageous life of faith he lived.”

    Then there’s no point to this movie, is there?

  7. Thanks for sharing this story. Love the miraculous! Just a helpful tip – It’s spelled New South Wales (no “h”). 🙂

  8. God can do miraculous things, even to those with doubts or unbelief. My prayer is to those unsaved. I pray that you will have an encounter of your own, that you will know, without a shadow of a doubt, that God touched you. He is still in the business of salvation and He alone can save you from the pits of hell!

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