Resurrection (1980 film)

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Promotional poster for Resurrection
Directed byDaniel Petrie
Written byLewis John Carlino
Produced byRenee Missel and Howard Rosenman
StarringEllen Burstyn
Sam Shepard
Richard Farnsworth
Roberts Blossom
Clifford David
Pamela Payton-Wright
Jeffrey DeMunn
Eva Le Gallienne
CinematographyMario Tosi
Edited byRita Roland
Music byMaurice Jarre
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • September 26, 1980 (1980-09-26)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$3,910,019

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 film received two nominations at the 53rd Academy Awards; Best Actress (Ellen Burstyn) and Best Supporting Actress (Eva Le Gallienne). Burstyn was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Drama at the 38th Golden Globe Awards, while Gallienne won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress. It was further selected by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 1980.


Edna Mae (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. She becomes an unwitting celebrity, the hope of those in desperate need of healing, and a lightning rod for religious beliefs and skeptics.




Film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert gave the film a highly enthusiastic review on their weekly TV show Sneak Previews, with both critics praising Burstyn's performance and the handling of the subject matter. In his annual movie guide, Leonard Maltin rated the film 312-stars-out-of-4, and noted the story as "beautifully realized", while praising Burstyn's "moving performance" as the "centerpiece of a wonderful and underrated film".

Awards and nominations

Award Category Nominee Result Ref
Academy Awards Best Actress Ellen Burstyn Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Eva Le Gallienne Nominated
Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival Grand Prize Daniel Petrie Nominated
Special Jury Award Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Ellen Burstyn Nominated
National Board of Review Awards Top Ten Films 10th Place
Best Supporting Actress Eva Le Gallienne Won
New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress 4th Place
Saturn Awards Best Actress Ellen Burstyn Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Eva Le Gallienne Nominated
Best Writing Lewis John Carlino Nominated
Best Music Maurice Jarre Nominated

Home media

Resurrection was released on DVD in 2010 as part of the Universal Vault Series of DVD-on-Demand titles. A Blu-ray version followed in 2019.

In other media


A novelization was written by George Gipe and released in 1980.


The film was remade for television in 1999. Also titled Resurrection, it was directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and stars Dana Delany.

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