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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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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

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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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

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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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

Featured in And the Oscar Goes To... (2014) See more »

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Polly Wolly Doodle
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Traditional
Played on a harmonica
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Feel the power
17 April 2001 | by jaykay-10See all my reviews

Like numerous stories dealing with the (supposedly) supernatural, this one requires the audience to take on faith that which cannot be justified "scientifically." So there are loose ends, and matters that will leave some of us asking, "How could that happen - even in this story?" But to accept the premise and the events on their own terms is to provide oneself with a powerful emotional experience of the sort that few pictures even try to create.

Especially effective was the Ellen Burstyn character remaining her low-key, unassuming self even after she becomes aware of her power. Along the same lines is her admission that she fails about a third of the time, and her altogether plausible attempt to explain it.

Less convincing was her inability to resist romance with someone obviously unsuitable. Was this to show us that she was, after all, only human? That she would want a man in her life we can easily accept. But him? She turns away repeatedly until his sheer persistence overcomes her better judgment. It doesn't ring true.

The performances are excellent throughout. And could anyone have come up with a more appropriate, satisfying ending?


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