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Resurrection (1980)

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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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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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There is a line between life and death. Edna McCauley crossed over that line and came back. Now no one she touches will ever be the same. See more »

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26 September 1980 (USA)  »

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Der starke Wille  »

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When the idea was first pitched to Ellen Burstyn, the film was supposed to be more of a thriller, like The Exorcist (1973). Burstyn was not impressed with that approach, so when she heard the approach offered by writer Lewis John Carlino, she was impressed and this film is the result. See more »

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Esco Brown: Go carefully with peace in your heart, love in your eyes, and laughter on your tongue. And if life don't hand you nothing but lemons, you just make you a bunch of lemonade. Book Brown, chapter one, verse one.
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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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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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