DVD - 2009
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A woman who experiences clinical death as the result of a car accident returns to life with the amazing ability to heal others. Attributing her powers to human love rather than divine intervention, she begins to aid the residents of her childhood town.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2009
Branch Call Number: DVD RESURRE 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in


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Feb 14, 2020

At best - I could only rank "Resurrection" (from 1980) with just an average 2-star rating.

This film's story concerns an unexceptional woman who, following a serious car accident, dies at the hospital only to quickly return to life, discovering that she can now heal others simply by her touch.

Unfortunately, I found that "Resurrection's" story left far too many questions that start with either the word "Why?" or "How?" left unanswered.

And, with that said - I clearly felt that there was something truly unfulfilling about this film's story which inevitably rendered it as being unsatisfactory entertainment.

Feb 10, 2020

I'll tell you one thing for certain - 1980's "Resurrection" would never get my vote as being a great cinematic experience. No, it wouldn't.

"Resurrection's" decidedly awkward story about one woman's discovery that she can actually heal ill and injured people by just laying her hands upon them certainly had plenty of potential to really shine and draw the viewer right into her fascinating experiences.

But, unfortunately, (under the self-conscious direction of Daniel Petrie) - "Resurrection" was a pretty shallow bit of storytelling that really copped out, big-time, in its final, closing sequence.

Mar 08, 2019

This was a good looking film with an adorable dog, a young Sam Shepard (looking like Luke Wilson) and a delightful death visualization. Ellen Burstyn will help you believe in the power of love.

I recently watched an old Dick Cavett interview with Ellen Burstyn while she was promoting this film. It intrigued me so I was glad the SPL had a copy (and a well transfered DVD release, at that). Burstyn stars as a woman who is involved in an auto accident with her husband in which he is killed and she is severely injured. She moves back to the small town she grew up in (but apparently left many years before) to convalesce. She discovers that she has a newfound power to heal people. And while the power is in the faith-healing tradition (mostly laying on of hands) she does not ascribe the capability as being faith-based (she says it is love based). This causes issues with her father, a local evangelical pastor and - as portrayed by Sam Shepherd - his son, with whom Burstyn begins an affair.
It's a bit hippie in it's approach to the subject matter, making Burstyn's following behaving more like a commune (holding gatherings out in fields, for instance). And Shepherd's character never seems to develop beyond two dimensional good/bad behavior. His questioning of faith and love never really gets much depth with the script/filming or his performance. And the ending is rushed and confusing. To his credit, Richard Farnsworth (uncredited in the SPL listing) is wonderful in a small (but fundamental) part early on in the film.
The film is well shot, the dream sequences evoke a timeless space without getting sci-fi-ey, but I came away feeling like the treatment of the topic was shallow and could have benefited from a deeper exploration of the subject.


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