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Resurrection (1980)

PG  |   |  Drama, Fantasy  |  26 September 1980 (USA)
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Edna Mae Macaulay experiences the afterlife for a brief time after a car accident that kills her husband. As she begins her long process of physical healing, she discovers that she has the ... See full summary »

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Edna Mae Macaulay experiences the afterlife for a brief time after a car accident that kills her husband. As she begins her long process of physical healing, she discovers that she has the ability to heal physical infirmities. While most people simply accept her gift, her lover (Sam Shepard) becomes mentally unbalanced and dangerous because she does not place the healings within a religious context. Written by Michael Cieslak <mcieslak@ix.netcom.com>

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Drama | Fantasy

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Martin Scorsese was reportedly healed from asthma by the real life healer who inspired this film. See more »

Quotes

Edna Mae McCauley: I love you, Gramma.
Grandma Pearl: Yes - that's it, ain't it. If we could just... Love... each other, as much as we say we love Him, I 'spect there wouldn't be the bother in the world there is.
Edna Mae McCauley: I 'spect.
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Stills of different portions of the movie are shown during the credits. The final still is a part not previously seen and it shows the rock garden behind the gas station which is referenced earlier in the movie. See more »

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Old Chisholm Trail (Come a Ti Yi Yippee Yippee Yay)
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Sung a cappela by Richard Farnsworth
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A remarkable film...and an acting tour-de-force for Ellen Burstyn
9 December 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Ordinary woman, recently widowed after a car accident left her husband dead and her legs paralyzed, stops for a minute at a service station in the desert and meets a wily, warm old coot who touches her head affectionately (and precisely). Soon thereafter, she finds she can cure the ailing--including herself--which frightens her distant father and the new man in her love-life. Occasionally overwrought or slow, "Resurrection" has a solid screenplay to fall back on, and a terrific actress in the leading role. Ellen Burstyn, feisty, flawed, and fed up, creates a three-dimensional character here who often makes bad choices but never loses our respect. Fighting with her father for the last time, she tells him, "I am sick...to...death...of trying to get you to love me." Fine supporting performances by Eva Le Gallienne, Richard Farnsworth and Lois Smith, but Sam Shepherd isn't very well cast as the new love-interest (he's supposed to be a sexy bad boy, but instead he just seems villainous, in a perpetual foul mood). The movie lays on the hick-charm a bit heavily (our heroine is Edna Mae, her grandmother is Grandma Pearl), but it has a great deal of heart and some very moving, sensitive moments. *** from ****


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