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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.

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

The producers wish to thank the people of Shiner, Texas for their cooperation during the production of this film. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Northern Exposure: Homesick (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Polly Wolly Doodle
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played on a harmonica
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deeply moved
5 May 2004 | by jmossmanSee all my reviews

I originally saw this on the late show one night and it moved me deeply. It reaffirmed for me that spirituality has little to do with religion. It starts with a "going towards the light" death experience that although not done with high tech special effects still is the best cinematic version I've yet seen. Her healing,unknowingly, begins with just a touch and some words of encouragement from a friendly old stranger with a twinkle in his eye. Eventually fully healed and beginning to help others her ability to channel this power threatens those who don't understand it or want to control it or her. I thought the acting was first rate from everyone. A realistic and humane treament of a mysterious subject. I hope someday it is released on DVD as my VHS copy is unwatchable.


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