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Resurrection (1980)





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In this film, Ellen Burstyn and her husband are involved in an auto crash. Burstyn alone survives, but not before enduring an "out of body" experience. Crippled in the accident, Burstyn heads to her hometown to recuperate. Here she discovers that she has acquired the power to heal people.
PG (adult situations/language)
Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Faith & Spirituality
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MCA Universal Home Video


Roberts Blossom
as John Harper
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Joe McCauley
Eva Le Gallienne
as Grandma Pearl
Lois Smith
as Kathy
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
William D. Wittliff
as Man in Bar
A.G. Zeke Mills
as Uncle Ely
Edith Mills
as Aunt Carrie
Tom Taylor
as Clyde
Sylvia Walden
as Louise
Tracy Wilson
as Lizzie Coldren
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Critic Reviews for Resurrection

All Critics (4)

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
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Audience Reviews for Resurrection

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

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★★★ (out of four) What an actress Ellen Burstyn is. She gave us some of the best performances from the 1970's with "The Exorcist", "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" and "The Last Picture Show", and in 2000 "Requim for a Dream" was one of the decades most memorable acting jobs. In 1980 "Resurrection" is one of her lesser known films, but her power and talent is very much present. Without her abilities, the film might not have been able to succeed as well as it does. Burstyn plays a woman who gives her husband a beautiful new car for his birthday. While they take it for a pleasure ride along the Pacific Coast Highway, her husband swerves to miss a kid in the road. He loses control and tumbles off the clear toward the ocean below. She survives. He doesn't. She moves back home to Kansas for her slow recovery. But she learns that after her near death experience she is different now. She is able to heal the sick. Soon everyone is flocking to her. Her new boyfriend (Sam Shepard) doesn't know what to make of her, however. The dream-like after life scenes are beautifully filmed and as mentioned Burtsyn hold the picture together even when it loses some coheransy on occasion. [IMG][/IMG]

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

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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