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Resurrection (1980)




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Ellen Burstyn plays Edna McCauley, the wife of a man (Jeffrey DeMunn) who is killed in an auto crash. Edna herself survives, but not before enduring an "out of body" experience. Crippled in the accident, Edna heads to her hometown in Kansas to recuperate. There she discovers that she has the power to heal people, presumably a byproduct of her brief trip into the beyond. She accepts her gift, but resists the notion that she has been blessed with divine powers. On the other hand, her young lover (Sam Shepard) believes that she is the embodiment of Jesus Christ. It is his method of proving his hypothesis that brings the film to its startling conclusion. Both Ellen Burstyn and Eva Le Gallienne (as Burstyn's grandmother) were nominated for Academy Awards.more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Faith & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Lewis John Carlino
In Theaters:
MCA Universal Home Video


Roberts Blossom
as John Harper
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Joe McCauley
Eva Le Gallienne
as Grandma Pearl
Richard Hamilton
as Earl Carpenter
Carlin Glynn
as Suzy Kroll
Ebbe Roe Smith
as Hank Peterson
John Tillinger
as Dr. Herron
Trazana Beverley
as Dr. Ellen Baxter
George Sperdakos
as Dr. Hankins
Bernard Behrens
as Dr. Fisher
James Blendick
as Scientist #1
Vernon Weddle
as Scientist #2
David Calkins
as Man in Bar
Therese East
as Ada Carpenter
Lou Fant
as Harvey
David Haney
as Jack Coldren
Claudette Harrell
as Woman in Dance Hall
James N. Harrell
as Doc Lurkin
Shane Sinutko
as Skateboard Boy
A.G. Zeke Mills
as Uncle Ely
Edith Mills
as Aunt Carrie
Tracy Wilson
as Lizzie Coldren
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Critic Reviews for Resurrection

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

This rural tale is beuatifully acted by Ellen Burstyn and other, but its narrative is incoherent, trying to fuse new feminist ideas with sentimental conventions about the healing power of love.

Full Review… | December 24, 2006

Resurrection is an extraordinary film about a healer and the power of love.

Full Review… | January 29, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

January 25, 2006
Atlantic City Weekly

Audience Reviews for Resurrection


one of ellen burstyn's very best performances and an interesting premise. Eva Le Gallienne does a beautiful job as the grandmother.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A rural not so tall tale told with remarkable performances by Ellen Burstyn and her literally worshiping husband Sam Shepard. Very compelling.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Very good character-driven supernatural drama. Naturalistic approach to "healing powers" that isn't overly religious or New-Agey. Burstyn gives a fantastic, Method-driver performance (she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar). No official American DVD release but it does turn up on cable now and then. Worth a watch if you like quiet 1970s dramas like FIVE EASY PIECES, COMING HOME, or SCARECROW.

Will Errickson
Will Errickson

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