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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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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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Drama | Fantasy

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PG | See all certifications »

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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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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Features Eva Le Gallienne's only Oscar nominated performance. 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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The producers wish to thank the people of Shiner, Texas for their cooperation during the production of this film. See more »

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

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Polly Wolly Doodle
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Played on a harmonica
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A remarkable film...and an acting tour-de-force for Ellen Burstyn
9 December 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Ordinary woman, recently paralyzed in a car accident that left her husband dead, drives with her father through the California desert and meets a wily, warm old coot running a service station; he introduces her to his two-headed snake and then, without provocation, touches the top of her head affectionately. Soon thereafter, she finds she can heal the ailing--including herself--which frightens her distant father as well as 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 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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