Resurrection is a 1980 American drama film directed by Daniel Petrie, written by Lewis John Carlino, and starring Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth, Roberts Blossom, Lois Smith, and Eva Le Gallienne. It was produced by Renée Missel and Howard Rosenman. The plot involves a woman who returns to life after dying momentarily in a car crash and finds that she has the power to heal people.
Edna Mae McCauley (Burstyn) survives a car accident that kills her husband and nearly kills her, but her brief out of body experience gives her the power to heal people. Paralyzed from the waist down, Edna returns home with her father to be cared for by family. At a party, she unwittingly heals a little girl with chronic nosebleeds, to the bewilderment of those around her. Edna eventually heals herself and slowly begins to walk again. She becomes an unwitting celebrity, the hope of those in desperate need of healing, and a lightning rod for religious beliefs and skeptics. Enda eventually begins a relationship with Cal Carpenter (Shepard) after she heals him from a stab wound he sustained in a fight, but Cal slowly becomes unstable because she does not place the healings within a religious context.
|author||Lewis John Carlino|
|award||National Board of Review: Top Ten Films|
|keywords||car accident heal lightning rod little girl nosebleed paralyze religious belief skeptic skepticism|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Actress Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress|