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Resurrection (1999)

Chicago homicide detectives John Prudhome and Andrew "Andy" Hollingsworth are assigned to investigate a gruesome murder, and both become entangled in the plot of a serial killer whose goal is to recreate the body of Christ.

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Russell Mulcahy

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Brad Mirman (story), Christopher Lambert (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Anscombe Mike Anscombe ... News Anchor
Jeff J.J. Authors Jeff J.J. Authors ... Paramedic (as Jeff Authors)
Patrick Chilvers Patrick Chilvers ... Officer
David Cronenberg ... Father Rousell
Jayne Eastwood ... Dolores Koontz
Darren Enkin Darren Enkin ... John Ordway
David Ferry ... Mr. Breslauer
Jan Filips Jan Filips ... Stanley Galloway
Rick Fox ... Scholfield
Silvana Gatica Silvana Gatica ... Mother of Baby (as Silvan Gatica)
Karen Glave ... FBI Receptionist
Barbara Gordon Barbara Gordon ... Judge Seers
Rothaford Gray ... Jailor
Robert Joy ... Demus
Robert Kennedy Robert Kennedy ... Hotel Clerk
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Detective John Prudhomme, a Cajun transplanted to Chicago, is assigned to investigate the savage murder of a man who has bled to death from a severed arm. A message, "He Is Coming", written in blood on the victim's window is a dark, forboding clue of his task. After two more victims with missing body parts are discovered, Prudhomme realizes he is on the trail of a serial killer who is using the missing body parts to reconstruct the body of Christ...just in time for Easter. As Prudhomme struggles to catch the zealot-murderer, he is haunted by the death of his son, his continued estrangement from his wife, and his wavering faith in God. Written by Adam Thomas <adam_g_thomas@yahoo.com>

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Be afraid. For he is coming. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence/gore, language and some nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

5 June 1999 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Resurrección See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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On the DVD commentary, director Russell Mulcahy notes that several scenes of violence and bloodletting have been shortened for the US version. See more »

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(at around 1h 28 mins) Takes place in Chicago, but the train station has many signs in French as well as English, giving away the actual Toronto location. You can also see the Canadian flag hanging in the main concourse of the train station in one of the scenes. See more »

Quotes

John Prudhomme: [about a flower] Where can I find it around here?
Botanist: You can't... is indigenous to Australia.
Det. Andrew Hollinsworth: We're not in Australia.
Botanist: I can see why the made you detective.
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Referenced in Les rivières pourpres 2 - Les anges de l'apocalypse (2004) See more »

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Parts of a Man
22 November 2008 | by sol1218See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** What the movie "Resurrection" shows is that religious nuts, from all dominations and cultures, are about as dedicated to their religious beliefs as those who try to suppress and eradicate them.

This deranged psycho is out on the streets of Chicago trying to replicated Jesus' Easter suffering by using unsuspecting persons, whom he kidnaps and brutally murders, body parts in his recreating Jesus' ordeal on the Cross. This wacko goes so far as seeking out his victim in that they have the same biblical names that connects them, in the Bible, with Jesus' Apostles! He also makes sure that his victims are also the same age that Jesus was when he was crucified: 33 years old!

It's transplanted , from New Orleans, Cajun Chicago police detective John Prudhomme, Christopher Lambert, who gets the jump on the killer by deciphering his notes, that he carved into his victims bodies, he left at his crime scenes. Det. Prudhomme's attempt to catch the elusive killer leads to his partner Det. Hollinsworth, Leland Orsen, ending up not only getting shot by the police, in mistaking him for the killer, but having his left leg cut off, by the killer, when he's left alone and under intensive care in his hospital room!

As things turn out it takes FBI profiler Agent Wingate, Robert Joy, to get Det. Prudhomme as well as the Chicago PD to finally get it straight in not just why this psycho is committing these ghastly crimes but who he really is! This revelation, on Agent Wingate's part, is by far the most shocking and surprising sequence in the movie.

What really makes the movie "Ressurection" go completely downhill is that after the killer's identity is revealed he walks right into a trap, that with his great intelligence and intuition he should have seen coming, that Det. Prudhomme and the Chicago PD set for him. With the killer being so smart as well as omnipresent during the first 75 minutes of the movie he then, after he's discovered, does everything in not at all bothering to prove his innocence that he easily can, by his manipulating the law and the courts, but goes out of his way in his death wish-like effort to prove his guilt instead! This has him going on a mindless and murderous rampage knocking off some dozen people by the time the movies over! Most, if not all, of those that he murders have nothing at all to do with his sick scheme in replicating the Miracle of Easter!

You have to have a really strong stomach to be able to sit through this movie that tries to outdo the film "Se7en" which has an almost identical storyline. "Ressurection" goes to show how unchecked religion, or religious fanaticism, can effect a disturbed and unstable mind who uses it for his own sick and maniacal purpose's. In the case of the movie "Ressurection" the sick person who's mind is effected uses religion, like the psycho in Se7en, to mask his dark and deep psychotic and murderous fantasies by having it justify not, what in reality it would do, condemn them!


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