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Resurrection (1980)

A woman enters the afterlife briefly after a car crash that kills her husband. But she survives - and finds herself possessing strange powers.

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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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Details

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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Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Eva Le Gallienne. 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 »

Alternate Versions

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

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Referenced in Northern Exposure: Mud and Blood (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Polly Wolly Doodle
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played on a harmonica
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Fine Film...A Personal Favorite
7 March 2003 | by maybe43See all my reviews

This beautiful movie is a wonder to watch...After a near-death experience, Ellen Burstyn discovers she has healing powers and proceeds to do good work in a quiet, unassuming way...which, nevertheless, gets her into trouble.

It is odd that I would like this film so well since 1) I am an atheist with zero belief in an afterlife; and 2) had my own near-death experience where I saw nothing...no light, no tunnel...just nothing. Still, this film taps into my spiritual side...whatever that is...perhaps the acceptance that things go bump in the night for no good reason.

My pleasure in watching this film is enhanced by it's firm insistence that the gift of healing is not rooted in any one religion or even in religion itself. In these troubled times where religion often does more harm than good, the message of this film is both rewarding and healthy. Couple this with fine performances and slow, but well-paced direction, and you have an unusual movie which can movie even the most jaded of viewers (me!)


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