Resurrection is a 1980 film directed by Daniel Petrie, the story of a woman who comes back from temporary clinical death after a car accident, and discovers that she has healing powers. She becomes famous through her healings, attracting the devotion of those who need healing, the interest of a group of scientists, and knee-jerk fear from her religiously fanatical father and lover. Ellen Burstyn and Eva Le Gallienne were both nominated for Best Actress Academy Awards.
The film was remade in 1999 and novelised by George Gipe.
Resurrection contains examples of the following tropes:
- All Take and No Give: Cal.
- Back from the Dead
- Came Back Strong: Edna acquired healing powers after being clinically dead and then coming back.
- Cool Old Guy: Esco.
- Cool Old Lady: Grandma Perl.
- Equivalent Exchange: Edna's healings involve empathising with the other person to the point of taking on their disease * temporarily.
- Foreshadowing: Joe's carelessness, displayed in the opening scene, is what brings about the accident.
- The Fundamentalist: Cal, and Edna's father.
- Healing Factor: Edna learns to heal herself.
- Healing Hands: Edna's.
- Hello, Nurse!: Cal falls for Edna and she for him after she heals him.
- Knight Templar: Cal.
- The Power of Love: Literally.
- Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: The scientists take this approach.
- Western Terrorist: Cal becomes this.
- What Does She See in Him?: Cal is a moody and demanding Jerk Ass with no particularly likeable characteristics, yet Edna still cares for him.
- White Magic: Edna's.