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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 »

Director:

Daniel Petrie
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Burstyn ... Edna
Sam Shepard ... Cal
Richard Farnsworth ... Esco
Roberts Blossom ... John Harper
Clifford David ... George
Pamela Payton-Wright Pamela Payton-Wright ... Margaret
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Joe
Eva Le Gallienne ... Grandma Pearl
Lois Smith ... Kathy
Madeleine Sherwood ... Ruth (as Madeleine Thornton-Sherwood)
Richard Hamilton Richard Hamilton ... Earl Carpenter
Carlin Glynn ... Suzy Kroll
Lane Smith ... Don
Penelope Allen ... Ellie
Ebbe Roe Smith ... Hank Peterson
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Storyline

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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It's not supposed to happen. So be there when it does. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Resurrección See more »

Filming Locations:

Goliad, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$308,068, 28 September 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,910,019
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Company Credits

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although much of the story takes place in Kansas, these scenes were all filmed in Texas. 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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

ABC edited 8 minutes from this film for its 1983 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Polly Wolly Doodle
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played on a harmonica
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Hauntingly affecting in its simplicity
10 April 2003 | by cookwcSee all my reviews

I can't believe anyone would see this film for anything more than it is: a study in the demands of social expectation/responsibility and personal integrity/commitment. The beauty of the film is that these issues are seamlessly laid out and left open to debate. Perhaps it is not the "perfect" script by the standards of McKee or Field, but it is a script which advances according to its premise, that power is something one doesn't ultimately always have control over, be it personal or public power. The healing power that Burstyn acquires becomes both the road to salvation or the road to damnation.

I believe it is one of Burstyn greatest performances. I believe every one of the supporting roles works beautifully to the advance the story, without being tritely melodramatic. (Think Elmer Gantry, which remains a great film in spite of its melodrama.)

And I will always remember the final scene as one of the most honestly affecting moments in my film experience. Few scenes have played so simply and purely to my memory... yes, it tugged the heart strings, but which one of us in her shoes would not have done the exact same thing.

If you haven't seen this film, it is one of the best, purely as entertainment. But it is also a deeply arresting and thought provoking film about human nature and the unexplainable.


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