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80s Film Summary for Resurrection


A fantasy 80s movie about life after death. A woman experience after-life and gains strength from it.

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When Edna Mae McCauley’s (Ellen Burstyn) car accident claimed the life of her husband, she was able to experience the after-life for a brief moment in the movie Resurrection.

Edna returns from the after-life with a special power to heal others. Her boyfriend, Cal Carpenter (played by Sam Shepard), is all against her healing techniques since it does not employ religious teachings and Cal’s anger about this may just cost Edna her life in the movie Resurrection.


Edna Mae McCauley - Ellen Burstyn
Cal Carpenter - Sam Shepard
Esco Brown - Richard Farnsworth
John Harper - Roberts Blossom
George - Clifford David
Margaret - Pamela Payton-Wright
Joe McCauley - Jeffrey DeMunn
Grandma Pearl - Eva Le Gallienne
Kathy - Lois Smith
Ruth - Madeleine Sherwood
Earl Carpenter - Richard Hamilton
Suzy Kroll - Carlin Glynn
Don - Lane Smith
Ellie - Penelope Allen
Hank Peterson - Ebbe Roe Smith


The movie Resurrection was initially supposed to be a thriller movie similar to “The Exorcist.” but Ellen Burstyn had a problem with playing a role in a movie like that.

The film Resurrection was nominated for two Oscar awards.

Academy Awards:

Ellen Burstyn won for Best Actress In A Leading Role for the role of Edna May in Resurrection.

Eva Le Gallienne won for Best Actress In A Supporting Role for the role of Grandma Pearl in Resurrection.

80's Film Facts:

The Movie Resurrection was released to theatres on 09/26/1980 by Universal, and grossed $3,910,019 at the box office in the US.

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