Resurrection, an unusual supernatural drama about a faith healer, gives Ellen Burstyn a shot at a tour-de-force performance, but never comes into strong enough focus dramatically or philosophically.
The overly prosaic style of director Daniel Petrie and the underdeveloped screenplay inhibit her from exerting her full range of emotions.
She begins as a housewife who gives her husband a sports car, only to have it cause his death in a crash which leaves her legs paralyzed. During her laborious recovery period, she discovers that her close brush with death has given her the power of healing by the laying on of hands.
There is commendably little sensationalism, but not enough thoughtful exploration. Petrie’s filming makes the pic resemble a soap opera.
1980: Nominations: Best Actress (Ellen Burstyn), Supp. Actress (Eva Le Gallienne)
Universal. Director Daniel Petrie; Producer Renee Missel, Howard Rosenman; Screenplay Lewis John Carlino; Camera Mario Tosi; Editor Rita Roland; Music Maurice Jarre; Art Director Paul Sylbert
(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 103 MIN.
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