Resurrection (1980) - full transcript

Edna Mae Macaulay experiences the afterlife for a brief time after a car accident that kills her husband. As she begins her long process of physical healing, she discovers that she has the ability to heal physical infirmities. While most people simply accept her gift, her lover (Sam Shepard) becomes mentally unbalanced and dangerous because she does not place the healings within a religious context. - stop by if you're interested in the nutritional composition of food
Hey, y'all!

Come on over here.
I wanna show you something.

What do you got?

A little surprise.

What is it?

It's one of them, uh...

I don't know... Sea "enemies."
See enemies...

Oh, yeah.
We were looking for those over there.

Under there.

SUZY: Yeah. You know,
I've seen those things on those

Jacques Cousteau
television shows.

JOE: Weird, isn't it?
SUZY: Yeah.

See, a fish gets attracted to them wiggling arms,

and then
he gets stung.

And then the arms feed him slowly into the mouth to be digested.

Very interesting.

Watch this.

No, don't put your
finger in there, honey.

Don't worry now.
I done this lots of times.

(LAUGHS) There. See?

It's nothing.

What's the matter?

Yeah, I don't know.
I just felt this kind of a...

Hey, I can't
move my hand!

It's eating my finger! Hey!
Hold on! Oh, my God!

Hey, Edna, get a knife.
A knife?

Wait a minute.
I think he's letting go. What...

(GROANING) He... Oh! Ow!



Hey. You know,
that's real cute.

Very cute.

You're so full of shit.

Hey, Edna.
Where are you going?

JOE: Come on.

EDNA: Boys will be boys.

You know what I'm gonna
get Joe for his birthday?

A new car.

SUZY: What kind is it?

It's a Triumph TR7.

It's burgundy.

Hey, Ed, those are
really expensive.

Well, I have this
insurance policy, see?

And I saved some, too.

And the rest only comes
to $237.45 a month,

and I can make that easy out of my salary.
So... (LAUGHS)

He's just gonna flip.



JOE: Hmm.


EDNA: We should go to
the beach more often.

It does something to you.

JOE: Yeah, you too.



The time is 12:20.

KLAX radio continues
with music out of the past.

Hey, it's tomorrow.

Happy birthday.


Don't remind me.

That's another
one down the tubes.



Why don't you turn back
over here and give me a kiss?

No. I'm all kissed-out.

You are?

I'm not.

Well, you know,
you can't beat a dead horse.


Are you sure?

Well, let me see now.

Oh. What is this?


I definitely feel
life in that horse.

Think there's a little bit
left in there?

Uh-huh. I think so.

(CHUCKLES) Oh, yes.
And that is not a dead horse.


Come here, you.

Oh. Look at all that.

Happy birthday.

MAN: No way.

MAN: Whoa! Look at that!

Oh, you gotta be kidding, babe.

Why don't you
get in and find out?


Come on.
Wanna get in the back?

You sure got it.


Oh, I don't believe it.

How can we afford
to pay for this?

Now you let me
worry about that, okay?


Happy birthday, honey.

JOE: Yee-haw!

EDNA: Do you love it?
JOE: Love it. Love it. Love it!

It's got a synchromesh box.

JOE: I could say
something now, but I won't.

You just keep your eyes on the road.
Oh, yes, ma'am.

Isn't it great?

Oh, is a pig pork?

Is Paris a city?
Do fat babies fart?

Oh, honey.

EDNA: Hey,
we'd better go back.

Don and Suzy
are coming at 7:00.

JOE: Oh, great. That is great.


JOE: What a great day.

What a great present.
What a great birthday.

What a great wife.
I mean it, babe.

You... You really
are great.


Well, that's great.
I think you're great, too.


Joe, watch out!



















I'm Dr. Herron.

Welcome back.



I'm sorry.

You won't be able to do that for a while.

You've had some damage
to your lower back.

We had to operate.

The bandage on your head...

Well, that's mostly scrapes and bangs.
Nothing too serious.

Why can't I move my legs?

HERRON: There's a blood clot on your spinal cord.

We've relieved most of the pressure,
but it's still there.

In time, it may go away on its own,
but there's no guarantee.

And the main nerves
in both your legs

have been severed
just below the knee.

A piece of the car frame.

Done some patchwork, but...

EDNA: That won't go away?



I'm sorry.
EDNA: So am I, pal.

Hello, Dad.

Edna Mae.

How's Grandma and Uncle Ely
and everybody?

Fair enough.

They all send their best.

Oh, thank you.

We had,
uh, a good harvest this year.

That's good.

But the price of fertilizer and diesel set me right back even.

Hardly worth
the effort no more.

Them friends of yours,
the Krolls, nice folks.

They helped me
with the funeral and all.

Figure what you'll do
when you get outta here?

There's a lot to think about.

Country's a good place
to think.

Why don't you come back home?

If you don't
wanna stay with me,

plenty of kin be
glad to have you.

You're gonna need
some looking after.

It's just an idea.

Suit yourself.

Ah, I best be going.

Let you get some rest.

Maybe I will come home.

For a while anyway.

Heck, I still had all kinds of things to say to you.

Suzy was helping me
clean out the closets,

and she handed me
that old peat coat of yours.

I started smelling
that old coat, Joe, and...

It was you.

You know, everybody has their own smell.
You know, just their very own.

Do you know what I mean?

Yours is kind of
a combination of, uh,

apples and...

That old army pup tent
we used to go camping in.

(SOBBING) I'm glad
you liked the car, honey.

I'm real sorry
it turned out like this.


I haven't cried very much.

It's really got me puzzled,
'cause I...

Love you so much.


Goodbye, sweetheart.


Where are we?

Just east of Needles.

Coming into Oatman.

I had this crazy dream.






MAN: Yeah!
Yeah, I can hear ya!

I'm a-comin'.
Just hold your horses.


Get down, boy.
Get down. Ruff, get down.

Howdy, folks.
What'll it be?

JOHN: Fill it with regular.

Well, coming right up.


Kansas, huh?

That's a long ways.

I never been
to Kansas, but,

of course, there's a lot
of places I never been.

I'll get there. Someday.

You ever been
to Machu Picchu?

I don't think so.

It's in Peru.

I seen it in
the National Geographic.

This whole city's built
on top of a tall mountain.

You wake up in
the clouds every morning.

It's really something.

Well, I hope you get there.

Oh, I'll get there.
It's just a matter of when.

You really got
a two-headed snake?

I sure do. Wanna see it?


Cost you a dime.



You just step right
in my office here.

Um, I have a little
problem here.

No problem at all.
You just sit right there.


Hiya, Ruff. You dog.

Get down, Ruff.

I've only had her
a couple of months.

She come a-crawlin' out
from under the porch there.

It's a miracle.
I call her Gemini.

Both them heads can eat.


Mmm-hmm. You can pet her.

She ain't poisonous
or nothin'. Go ahead.

Go ahead.


ESCO: The Hopis say the snake's a symbol of mother earth.

EDNA: Uh-huh.

Ain't she a sweet thing?



Get down, Ruff.

I think she's getting nervous.
I... I best put her up.


Thank you.
My pleasure.


JOHN: How much do I owe you?

Well, uh, let's see.

$12.90 and 10 cents
for the snake.

ESCO: Hey, I got a humdinger
of an Indian story.

It's guaranteed to curl your toes and keep you awake for a week.

Fifteen cents.

We got a lot of
driving to do.

Yeah. Don't we all.

Well, it was nice
meeting you folks.

You come back and see me.

My name's Esco Brown.
I know I'm a little gabby, but interesting.

Bye, Esco.

Arriva derri.

"Go purefully with
peace in your heart,

"love in your eyes
and laughter on your tongue.

"And if life don't hand you
nothin' but lemons,

"you just make you
a bunch of lemonade."


Book Brown, chapter one,
verse one. (ENGINE STARTS)

Thank you, Esco.

Bye, Ruff.




Here, chick, chick,
chick, chick, chick, chick.

Here chick...

Crazy old coot.

Joe and I came through here
on our way to California.

It's pretty.

It's still hard
for us to talk, isn't it?

What would you
like to talk about?


Edna! Is that you?

It's me, Grandma.
Hi, Edna.

Let me look at ya, child.

Open the door, you idiot,
so that I can get at her.

Yes, ma'am. (LAUGHS)

My, oh, my.

Just look at you.

You get the chair
in the back.

Why don't I carry her in?

Oh. Okay. Fine. Thanks.

You wanna take those, Granny?

Don't you drop her!

Oh, look. There's Mom.

Yes, that's my oma...

When she was 18.

God rest her sweet soul.

She was so beautiful.

Inside and out.


Wait a minute. Who's this?

Let me see.

That's Bill Condon
and Don Stratton.

Bill had
the grocery in Goliad.

Used to give you free candy
every time I took you in.

was the blacksmith.

Used to come here to shoe
before John got tractors.

They was great friends.

Used to go huntin'
up in Nebraska way.


Got caught in a flood...

Just outside Ogallala.


EDNA: I know them.

you couldn't remember, child.

You was only two and a half

at the time...

Oh, there's your
brother Sam...

When he come home
on leave.

Just before going
over to Vietnam.

So many crossed over.


I'm dumb to bring this out.

Plain stupid.



EDNA: They do this sometimes.
It doesn't mean anything.

At first, I thought
they were coming back...


There, there, child.

That's... That's the way.


EDNA: So, sure enough,
he brought it out

and it was a real
two-headed snake.

It really was.
I never saw one before in my life.

I even petted it, you know.

Then he put the top back on the box,
and that was that.

Aw, you're just kidding us.

Uh-uh, Lester.

I never heard tell
of a two-headed snake.

Yeah? You don't believe me,
go ask Grandpa John.

That's a good story.
Thank you.

Go on, both of you! Go ask him!
You'll see. All right.

Hey, cousin. How doin'?

Okay, Kathy.

You know,
I've been away so long,

I just don't even know
who anybody is.

What a brood.


I'll have a seat.


KATHY: That's Doc Lurkins.

He's playin'
horseshoes all by himself.

'Cause he cheats so bad,
nobody'll have anything to do with him.

Beaulah Hamby and Serina Garland,
the gossip sisters.

Do nothin' all day
but suck coffee and dish dirt.

Ada and Earl Carpenter.

They bought the Foley place
about 10 years ago.

They're from West Virginia.
Holy Ghosters.

She's nice enough, but...

He's hell on wheels.

He's kind of a...
Self-styled parson.


Fire and brimstone, hell and damnation.
All that kind of stuff.


Doesn't seem to affect
their son Cal though.


Now there's a piece of work.


EDNA: And who is that?
KATHY: Clancy.

What's the matter with him?

KATHY: Last year,
Grandpa John strung up some jerky,

Clancy pulled it down
and ate it all.

Grandpa John whupped him
with some harness

and he's been
like that ever since.

Grandpa John says it's so.
Yeah. He says it's so.

See? I told ya.

I've even heard tell
of a two-headed cow.


Bull, bull, bull, bull, bull.

KATHY: Oh, my God!

Jack! Jack!

She's got one!
Jack, she's bleeding! Doc!

JACK: It's Lizzie!

Look, bring my bag.

Kathy, it's just
a nosebleed.

No, she's had it before!

It doesn't stop and we've had her in the hospital!

She's a bleeder!
Now, now, now, now, now!

Lizzie, you're gonna be all right.

Honey, the doctor's here now.

DOC LURKINS: Get her feet up.

Put some ice on her neck.

Put some cotton in her nose!
She's gonna be all right

as soon as I get
some coagulant in her.

Damn! Damn!
I don't have any with me.

All right.
Let's get her into Ellsworth.

Jack, you drive my car.
Buck, you follow us in.

Kathy. Kathy,
let me have her a second.

Now, Edna,
you can't help her. Please?

Let me just
hold her a second.

Yeah. Come on.
For just a minute.



Hey, Lizzie.
Now that's just a little ol' nosebleed.


That's all.

Hey. Do you know,
"One, two, button my shoe"?

Do ya?

I'll tell ya what.
We'll say it together,

and I promise you,
by the time we get to the end,

this nosebleed's
gonna be all gone.

What do you say?

I'll make a deal with you.

If we get that far,
I'll give you 50 cents.

Okay? All right.
Let's go now.

One, two, button my shoe.

Come on. No 50 cents.

Three, four, open the door.
Three, four, open the door.

Five, six, pick up sticks.
Five, six, pick up sticks.

Seven, eight,
we're at the gate.

Seven, eight,
we're at the gate.

Could I have
a handkerchief, please?


Thank you.

Nine, ten, you big, fat hen.
Nine, ten, you big, fat hen.

Here you go.
Look at that. No blood.

(CHUCKLES) What do
you think of that, huh?

Here you go.
Go to your mama.

Uh, Daisy,
would you go get 50 cents out of my purse

on the dresser
in the bunkhouse?

What's the matter?
What did you do?

Oh, she was scared is all.
She's okay now. Aren't you, sweetheart?

Damnedest thing I ever saw.

Aw, come on.
You make me feel like some kinda bug or somethin'.

Why don't y'all go back
to what you were doin'?

Give me your hands.


Do like I say.
Give 'em here.

They're hot.

Hot as a stove top.
Feel 'em.

Now mine are, too.

What's it mean?


I'd best go and see
if Kathy needs me.

ALL: Bye!

Bye, Grandpa! Bye, Grandma!


It's so beautiful
seeing those kids.

Hurts a little, too.

You know, it's just
a terrible thing, Grandma,

wantin' them so bad,
and not being able to have 'em.

John told me you kept havin' this dream on the way here.

Tell me about it.


I'm in this
dark tunnel, and...

And there are other
people in there with me,

but I can't really
see their faces.

And there's
bells and chimes.

And then, all of a sudden,
I'm moving backwards.

Is there a bright,
beautiful light at the end of the tunnel?


And the people, they...

They seem like they're
helping you toward it?


And then,

when you're a-movin' back,

away from it,
you start to feel bad...

And there's this,
this buzzin' starts,

and suchlike as that?

Wait a minute.


Yes, that's right.


Just before we come
here from Georgia,

I knowed a woman from Macon,

Harriet Eller.

Got pneumonia.

She upped and died.

For more than 10 minutes,
nary a breath outta her.

And then,
just as they's ready to...

To carry her
down to the ice box,

she comes back to life.

Child, it was just
like you been sayin'.


not long after that,

she started curing
folks thereabouts.

Maybe... (SIGHS)

This here accident
of yours...

Don't know.

Could be the power

done opened itself to you.

I can't believe that, Grandma.

Oh. Don't matter
what you believe.

The Lord moves in
mysterious ways.

We don't have
nothin' to say about it.


Now that's a mighty
pretty sunset, ain't it?

Pretty as a picture.

Well, what the hell, Edna Mae.
Crazier things have happened.



Feel that?

Now, tell you
what we're gonna do.

Why don't we stand up?

Huh? What do you say?

Why not?





So what we're gonna do now
is we're gonna take a step.

All right. Easy does it.

Just... Now. (GASPS)

Hold on now.

Oh... Oh!

Ow. Shit.

Serves me right.



Well, look who's here.

I was just needing
a friend right about now.

Come on in.

Hey, you wanna stick around for a while?
I could use the company.


Might get a little weird around here,
but the couch is comfortable.

I make a hell of
a bowl of chili.

How 'bout it, pal?

(GRUNTS) I gotta make
all the parts strong.

Especially the gut.

(GRUNTS) Gut's
real important, Clance.

All right. That's one.

That's one.


And one.




JOHN: Edna! Edna!

I'm okay.

I just fell. I'm fine.

If I get in any trouble,
I'll holler. Okay, Dad?


(SCOFFS) What are you
doin' under there?

Listen, buddy, you can't be
chicken-shit about this.

It could go on
for a while, you know.


I can heal myself.

I can.

I can. I can.

I can. I can.



(GASPS) I...





Okay. Now move.

That's it.
Come on now. No more...

No more foolin' around.

Just... Move!



(VOICE BREAKING) That's it, Clancy.
I give up.

I can't do it.

There's not
enough juice, I guess.



Go on. Fly.


Do that again.

I dare ya.

I double-dare ya.

It did it!
Come here, Clancy.

Come on. I need a witness.

Now watch.

See. You tell me if you
see what I see. Watch.

There! Did you see that?

Did ya?

You did? I did!






Yahoo! My toe moved!

If that's you, God,
thank you.


Or whatever great,
wonderful power that you are

in the universe, thank you!

I can move my toe.

Doc, you're gonna
love this.


Now I want you to notice that I'm not wearing my braces.

And, Jack, when I stand up,
you pull the chair back.

Okay. Give me
my canes.

Thank you.

Okay. Here we go.

All right.
Pull 'er back.


All right, Doc.

Now you take that cane
and give me room.

Okay, now the leg to watch,
folks, is the right leg.

The right leg, right?

Here we go.


Okay. Now wait. That wasn't the hard part.
Here's the hard part.

Okay. Take it, Doc.





Oh, my! Hey, Doc,
you wanna dance?


Carrie, give me that pin.


Now you turn your head away.


You feel that?





Yes, yes, yes! They're comin' back!
Aren't they, Doc?

I believe they are, Edna Mae,
but I'm damned if I know how.


Dad, it's wonderful,
isn't it?

I expect if you get to walkin',
you'll be leavin' again.

Well, that thought isn't on my mind right at this moment.

PEARL: The power's a gift, child,
to be used and shared.

It's God's work, Edna Mae.

You know,
when we were driving here,

Dad and I passed this gas station that had a sign that said,

"God is love
and versa visa."

I don't think I really
know anything about God.

But if love is God,

guess I could
try, Grandma.

Doc Lurkins says it's spread to my spine and hip bones.

Aw, heck, Kelly.
What's the use?

Ain't gonna do
no good.

Oh, Papa.

Ain't gonna do
no harm neither.

Is it?


MAN: Edna?

Edna, it's Buck.
I got Cal Carpenter outside.

He got in a fight with Buddy Jones down at The Red Gap and

Buddy pulled a knife.

We was headed for Ellsworth,
but the way he's bleeding,

I don't think
Cal would make it.

CAL: * We are on the wind-swept desert *

I thought since you stopped
Lizzie's bleedin', maybe...



Give her a hand, Clyde.

We wrapped him up
as best we could.

He won't stop bleeding.
His stomach's cut bad.

Hey, Clyde, old buddy.
That's real neighborly of you

to get your old buddy
a date like that.

Hello, sweet stuff.

Hey, Buck.
Get a bottle and give her a drink.

Shut up, Cal!
Edna's gonna try to help ya.

Oh, is that a fact?

Well, come here, darlin'.
I can help you, too.

You know, we can
sort of help each other.

Can't you hold him?


BUCK: He's fainted.
Thank God.

BUCK: Edna, you think
you can do anything?

Shh! Hush up, Buck.


Can you get me a towel?


It stopped.
Yeah. For the moment, anyway.

But get him to Ellsworth
as quickly as you can.

My God, Edna.

Just get going, huh, Buck?

Could I wash up?



How long has he been deaf?

WOMAN: Twenty-one years.

He had a throat infection.

And the doc gave him

and it just went.

EDNA: You know, Harve,
I think it did some good.

Can you hear me?


I can hear! I can hear!

I can hear!

Oh, it's a fake.
She rehearsed him.

No! No, it isn't!
I heard her. I can hear you!

Attaboy, Harve!
Hey, Harve...

If you can hear me,
what's the best thing to put into pies?

Your teeth.

What's the worst
weather for rats and mice?

When it rains cats and dogs.


Thank you. (SNIFFLING)

Thank you.

Good night, everybody.


Stop right there, Edna Mae.
Earl, don't.

Sit down, woman.
Be silent.

EDNA: Yes, Earl.
What is it?

EARL: I've been watchin'
these healings of your'n,

and you ain't never mentioned scripture,
nor the Holy Ghost once.

Now what is the source
of this power?

I don't know.

Oh, I think you do.

And maybe the reason
you don't name it

is because it comes
from another place.

And where might that be?

Hell itself, Edna Mae!

Because if this were
the work of the holy spirit,

you would speak his name.

You couldn't hold back,
because he'd be speakin' his own name through you!

I tell you this, woman.

Even though you heal
100, 1,000, 10,000...

These works are damned!

Isaiah speaks it plain!

Your hands are
defiled with blood.

Your lips are spoken lies.

And Matthew says...

"False prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders,

"so as to lead
the people astray."

Good night, everybody.

"But only in my name...

"My name...

"Will the true believers
cast out demons."

"Your hands are
defiled with blood!"

That's cute.

Well, Pop is really
something, isn't he?

Oh, yeah.
You two make a great pair.

Well, you should've stayed.
He was just gettin' warmed up.

He still had
Jeremiah and Ezekiel to go.

I heard enough, thanks.

Hey, I gotta ask you.

Did you really do that?
What's that?

Stop me
from bleedin', I mean.

Well, let's put it this way,

you stopped bleedin'
and I happened to be there.

If you wanna connect up the two,
that's up to you.

Fair enough.

How's about
havin' a drink with me?

(SCOFFS) No, thanks.

I've had enough of your
family for one day.

Hell, that ain't fair.
You blamin' me for old hellfire in there?

I just came here
to say thank you.

Come on. One drink.

Unless you're afraid of hurtin' your image or somethin'.

My image?

You're not afraid
of me, are ya?

Why don't you tell me
about that fight you had.

Nothin' to tell.

Turkey's doin'
two-to-five right now.

Well, was it over a woman?

(CHUCKLES) Now why would
you wanna know that?

I was just curious.

Curious, huh?

Look, come on.
Let me buy you a drink, okay?

Just so as I could say
thank you. Won't kill ya.

Okay. One thank you.

Good. I'll meet ya
at The Red Gap, okay?


Was he always
like that?

Yeah. When I was 13,

I had to learn Matthew,
Luke and John, chapter and verse,

to the tune of
his razor strap.

No wonder you get
into fights.


Yeah. The old boy
is really something.

They broke
the mold after him.

In fact, they broke it
over his head.

Hey, you know
I got 52 stitches?

Really? That's just on the outside.
You wanna see?

Not particularly.
Here. Let me show you.

I don't wanna see.

Hey, fellas!
Ol' Cal is showin' his stitches again.

Hey, Buck.
Ol' Cal is showin' off his stitches again over there.

(LAUGHING) Hey, shut your faces,
you ignorant clowns.

This is what comes from
mingling with lowlifes.

You said it.

You know, I got a theory
about all this healin' stuff.

Oh, yeah?

Yeah. I seen a lot of it.

The old man was
haulin' me and Ma around

to tent meetings
before I could even walk.

You know,
West Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma.

See, my theory is that...

Them that's cured has got
the sickness in their minds.


And then somebody comes along and prays over 'em,

and lays the hands,
you know?

And if they believe
that person

can make 'em well,
well, then they're cured.

They cured themselves...

By believing,
by telling their minds that they're better.

You know, the real sick ones,
the germ-sick and the cripples like that,

they stay the same,
no matter what.

That's my theory.

Very interesting.

My old man's right
about one thing though.

What's that?

You gotta give folks a little scripture with your healing.

Makes it easier
going down.

You best dust off
your Bible, darlin'.

Well, I'll keep
that in mind.

Hey, I got an idea.

Since I'm such an expert
on the good book...

Well, I could help you out.


Well, we can work out
at your place or mine.

I got a little room right here in town,
just down the street.

You know,
we could start tonight.

What do you want, Cal?

What can I get?

The check,
for one thing.

Oh, yeah.

Then you can get lost.

Hey! Hey!

You never got
to see my stitches!

Yeah. I know.

MAN: Whoo!

EDNA: Before we get started,

there's something I'd like
to talk to you about.

Last week,
Earl Carpenter asked me

in whose name
I do this healing.

And, uh, I've been
thinking a lot about that.

And I thought
I'd just tell you

what happens to me
when I do it.

There's this person
standing in front of me, see?

And they're sick
or hurtin', scared.

And, uh, somehow...

And don't ask me how...


I just kind of become them.

I... I start feeling
hurt and scared and sick.

It's like I feel them.

But there's this
other me that's outside,

that wants to reach out
and make the pain go away.

You know,
kind of the way a mother does when her little one gets hurt.

It's a kind of "kiss and make it better" sort of thing.

Now, I don't want
any of you to think

that I deny Jesus in any way,
because I don't.

So if you ask me
how the power comes to me,

I have to tell you,
I don't know.

I just know that it does.

And I offer it to you

in the name of love.

This Wednesday...


So bring all your
little buckaroos

to the Kansas
championship rodeo.


I'm not home.

Well, in that case,
I won't come in.



Hiya, mutt.

His name's Clancy.

Oh, excuse me, Clancy.

Gee, this is comfy.
This is real comfy.

What do you want?

No, wait, I asked you
that already, didn't I?

I don't suppose
it's changed any, has it?

(SIGHS) You know,
it does surprise me, Edna Mae,

after that little speech
you gave today,

how you can still
think the worst of people.

that smells good.

You know,
it's a real coincidence,

'cause I plain
forgot to eat today.


Make yourself at home.


Hope you like beefaroni.

I love beefaroni.
It's my all-time favorite.


Mmm! This is delicious.

I mean, you could probably open up a restaurant with this,
I'm not kiddin'.

MAN: * Do you see a trace of love on my face?

* I notice you held on to mine

* Look in my eyes

Mmm, this is real comfy.

You said that.

You're a hell of a long ways from town, though.
It must get lonely.

I like it that way.

Is that a fact?


You know,

I can remember how god-awful quiet it used to get

when I was
livin' with the folks.

Especially when you
turn the radio off.

Here, listen.


Now, that's quiet.

I can hear you breathin'.

Is that a fact?

Now, that was real good.

Well, I know it's impolite
to eat and run,

but I'll forgive you
this time.


What are you doin', Edna Mae?

Well, Cal, it looks like
I'm askin' you to leave.


I think you know why.


Seems to me that's more
of a reason for stayin'.

No, I would really
like you to leave.



Well, heck, you know,
we can shake hands and be friends.

(WHISPERS) Goodbye.

Looks like
an ordinary old hand to me.

Let me see the other one.

You know, you've got
a long lifeline right there.

You know,
you say you can feel the sickness and the hurt in folks.

What else can
you feel, Edna Mae?

You don't want that.

Clancy, scram.
This is private.


CAL: I'm with you, buddy.

I feel the same way.

I expect you to say
something like that.

It wasn't bad, was it?


Super Stud strikes again?

I didn't mean it like that.

I mean, it was remarkable,
wasn't it?


It's been a long time.

Well, the drought's
over, girl.

Is it?

Isn't it?


EDNA: Kathy and I used to come here when we were kids

and go skinny-dipping.

Is that an invitation?

Don't you think
you wanna give it a rest?

No, it's been
hours and hours.

I need some healin'.
Oh, really?

Yeah. I got this problem.
Oh, yeah?

How big a problem
you got?

I don't know,
but I think you better lay your hands on it.

Are you sure
you can take it?

I got faith in you, sister.

Okay. You asked for it.

I'm sorry,
I can't help her.

Not right now anyway.

I'm sorry.
Best you take her home now.

Edna Mae, we have one more.
All right, Doc.

Couldn't you help her?

(SIGHS) Oh, Grandma Pearl,

some people need their sickness to get love and attention,

and some people need it
to give those things.

It's not up to me to judge
the right or wrong of it.

Edna Mae,
I have seen her X-rays.

She has nearly complete degeneration of two lumbar vertebrae.

Well, I haven't seen her pictures, Doc,
so I'm a little ahead of you.

EDNA: Is there much pain?

WOMAN: All the time.






Ah, that's better.


Would you like
to try and sit up?

Oh, no, no, no.

You can do it.

Yes, you can.

No, no. No.
(SOFTLY) Come on.

No... No, no.
Just take my hands.

Look in my eyes. Look at me.
You can sit up now.

You don't
have to be afraid.


That's not too much pain for us,
is it? No.


You can take that,
can't you? That's it.

Come on. Come on.


That's it. You're up.

You're up.

Okay. Here you are.



WOMAN: Okay.

Would you like
to stand now?

Yes. You can do it.

Come on. You can do it.
Stand up?

Stand up?
That's right.

Oh, I...
You can stand.

I think so.

No... Stand?
I think you can.

(PANTING) Oh, no, wait.

You can do it.
Nice and easy.

Be careful.

Right there.

Okay, give me your hands.

Give me your hand.

Look at me.
You can stand up now.

You can.

Come on.
That's it. That's it.

A few inches now.

You're almost there.

EDNA: You're doin' it.

EDNA: You're standin'.
Oh, good. Ooh!

You got it.
You're up. (GASPS)

You're standin'.
You're standin'.

MAN: Lord, have mercy.



Oh, you're just wonderful.

Thank you, dear.

Bless you.
Thank you.


(SOBBING) Grandma!


WOMAN: Isn't it wonderful?

EDNA: Would you like
to take a few steps?

You can walk,
you know.

(SIGHS) I can walk?

Oh, dear.
Take my hand, Carla.



Oh, I can walk!


I can walk! I can walk!

I can walk! I can walk!


That's enough
for one day.

Why don't you make a chair out of yourselves and carry her out?

Isn't that wonderful?
Isn't that wonderful, Carla?

You can...
You can come with Grandma

for a walk in
the woods now, huh?

Oh. Ooh! What are
we doin' here? (LAUGHING)

Oh, my,
just like a throne!

Isn't that beautiful?
Bye-bye. Bye-bye.

You better take
some new pictures, Doc.


PAUL: Mrs. McCauley?

I'm Paul Hankins,
and this is Joyce Baxter.

We're from the California
Institute of Psychology.

Oh. How do you do?
This is Cal Carpenter.

Hi. Can we talk to you for a minute?
How you doin'?


We've been
watching your healings,

and we're convinced what you're doing is absolutely genuine.

Well, that's a load
off my mind.

For us, that's
saying a lot.

Why is that?
Well, we're scientists.

We've seen a lot of people
who claim to do what you do,

but in our follow-up investigations,
most of it falls apart.

Your healings don't. The...
The effects seem to sustain.

There are people who can heal as you do, though.

They seem to be
able to harness

and focus
the same kind of power.

What kind of
power is that?

We don't know.

Bless you, honey.
There are all kinds of theories.

Cold electron emission,
bioplasmic energy, etheric energy.

Ooh, that sounds

What does it matter
as long as it works?

But it doesn't always.

You haven't been 100 %
effective, have you?

No, I miss about
30 % of the time.

We've got some machines
back at the institute

that can measure and record
this thing in different ways.

We'd like you to come back
and do some tests for us,

at our expense, of course.

Kind of like a guinea pig?

Kind of.

No, thanks.
Why not?


Well, because
what's going on here

seems to have to do
with people and feelings,

not wires and machines.

I don't know, it just
doesn't feel right to me.

Uh, I just wish
you'd, uh...

You'd think about it.

It would mean a lot to us
and to a lot of other people.

Okay, I'll think
about it, I really will.


EDNA: Uh-uh.

Like a Frankenstein movie.

Me all wired up
like some kind of freak

with a bunch of scientists runnin' around pokin' me and saying,

"Oh, how extraordinary!
How strange!"

No, thank you. Not me.

Is something the matter?

I don't know.
Every time I let you come with me to one of these things,

you start... Yeah, just let it go,
all right, Edna Mae?

I don't feel like
talkin' about it right now.

Fine with me.
I don't care.



Cal, won't you
talk to me?

Come on!
How bad can it be?

Huh? Please?

It's just when I see the way
the people come to you,

you know, and what you do for them,
it just don't...

Fit into your theory?

No, it don't.

It ain't like them
tent shows.

You know,
I watch you healin',

makin' the pain go away,
and the whole thing

feels like it's somethin'...



Honey, if there's
anything holy here,

it's just the simple
holiness of love, that's all.

Believe me,
I'm not the Holy Ghost.

And I'm not exactly
the Virgin Mary either.

You oughta know that
better than anybody.

Shut up! Don't you
be talkin' like that!

Hey, I will talk any way
I damn well please!

What's the matter
with you?

I don't understand
you at all.

Yeah, I guess you don't.

Well, you know,
you're not exactly much help.

I'm sorry about that.
It's just somethin' I can't...

You can't what?
I'm listening. What?

I'll see you.


See you later, Edna Mae.






You ain't nothin' but trash.

Always been,
always will be.

Oh, we're back to
that again, are we?

You got a lot of folks
fooled around here,

but I see what's been
goin' on here!

I thought
you might've changed.

Not you, though.

Now, you're bringin' your
whorin' home, are you?

You're the same
old bitch in heat!

Now, you listen!

I want you gone!

I don't care where...

I just want you
out of my sight!

And I don't ever
wanna see you again.

Am I makin' myself
clear enough for ya?

You are.

And the sooner, the better.

I'll go...

And I don't ever wanna
see you again, either!

You're a hard,
stupid old man,

without an ounce of love
or understanding anywhere!

And I am sick to death of...


...trying to get
you to love me.


"The Lord God
said unto the woman,

"'What is this
that thou hast done?

"And the woman said,
'The serpent beguiled me and I did eat.'

"And the Lord God
said unto the serpent,

"'Because thou hast done this,
thou art cursed above all cattle,

"'above every
beast in the field.'"


Who is it?

EDNA: It's me.


I'm leaving for Los Angeles.
Want to come?

MAN: Just concentrate
on the beam, Edna,

and see if you can influence
its direction in any way,

any way at all.


It's okay.

Is it?

It happens
that way sometimes.

How about every time now?

I used to have
this friend...

(CHUCKLES) Who always
used to say,

"There's no such
thing as a bad lay.

"It's either good
or better."

I told you I don't like
you talkin' like that.

Why not?
'Cause it don't suit you.

Well, what does? What do you want?
Hallelujahs and amens?

I wanna know
what's happenin' to you.

I'll tell you
what's happening to me.

Somebody I care about
is going very weird on me.

I can't even touch you anymore without you getting all cold and funny.

Look what you've been doin'.
You call that normal? Natural?

Yes. Yes, I do.
What do you call it?

God, you're beginning
to sound like your father.

Well, if I do,
it's 'cause you're scarin'

the hell outta me
with this stuff.

But why?
Why does it scare you?

It's too much power.
Can't you see that?

There's somethin' else
workin' here.

What? What is it?
Just say it. Spit it out.

Tell me. What?

It's for you to tell me,
Edna Mae, and you know that.

Now, I ain't got nothin' more to say about it until you do.



Real nice talkin' to you.

You keep in touch,
ya hear?

We have a unique experiment
to conduct today.

Our colleagues on
the research staff,

Doctors Joyce Baxter
and Paul Hankins,

have brought Mrs. Edna McCauley,
a bona fide healer,

here to the institute
for testing.

Today, she has
agreed to attempt to deal

on an experimental level
with a human subject.

A Miss Louise Kaufner,

who's suffering from
dystonia musculorum deformans,

has volunteered
to participate.

Now, with this disease,

stereotaxic cryosurgery
has produced some relief

in some cases.

But, although Louise has had the surgery,
no relief has been evident.

McCauley, would you like to say anything?

No, thank you.

Uh, Mrs. McCauley will begin.

Louise, I don't know if I can help you,
but I'm gonna try, all right?

It's all right
if you can't.

I've never known
anything else. (CHUCKLES)

I'm just gonna
lift your head.

All right. Okay.

Okay, you'll just feel my hands getting a little warm.

That's part of it.
They won't burn you or anything.

Let me get up there
with you.

I'm gonna move you.
Don't help me.

Let me do it all, okay?

All right.


I'm sorry. All right.

Just give me your head.

Lean on me. That's it.

Give me all your weight.

Okay. Now try and relax.

Try and relax.

That's better.


All right.











Has anything like this
happened before?



Look! Look!



Get away from her!
Just stay away!


Oh, my God!

Oh, God, what did you...

Oh, God,
what did you do?



CAL: You've been
out for two days.

How you feelin'?

How's Louise?

She's well, Edna Mae.

They don't know how,
but she is.

(SOFTLY) That's wonderful.

There's some reporters outside
who want to talk to you.

My father's dying.

They called yesterday about your father.
How could you know that?

Would you get the nurse
for me, please, Cal?

Come on. I wanna see him
before he goes.

I wanted that baby, Daddy.

I didn't feel any shame
for not being married.

God help me, I let you bring
that old horse doctor in here

to kill that little girl.

And scrape me out so that nothing would ever grow inside me again.

What happened that
made you so hard?

What hurt you?

What made you
stop loving?

Daddy, you drove us
all away from you.

All of us.

Mama into her silence,
where she stayed until she died of grief.

Sam to Vietnam,
where they killed him.

(SOBBING) Daddy, listen.

I want you to know
that I still love you,

and I can help you now.

Honest, I can.

I know that
you know you're dying.

And I know that you're afraid,
but you don't have to be.

See, when I had
that accident, I died...

I mean,
just for a few minutes.

But I saw it,

and it's beautiful!

It is. Everyone's there.

Mama and Sam and Joe...

And Mr. Condon,
the grocer and

Mr. Stratton...
Do you remember him?

And, Daddy, there's music.

Bells and chimes.

And you...
You begin to feel like...

Like you
understand everything.

And you don't feel
your body anymore.

And there's
this light,

and it's so bright
and loving.

And you can feel it
reaching out for you.

And everybody that's there...
Mama and Joe and Sam...

Everybody is
helping you to it.

And then pretty soon,

you begin to understand...

(HARMONICA PLAYING) That you're made of the same light.

EDNA: Grandma Pearl is here, and Uncle Ely,
and Aunt Carrie and everybody.

And I've been
telling them about it.

And they wanna come
and say goodbye to you.


Oh, Edna.

What is it, Daddy?

Tell me.

Light, Edna.


Yes, Daddy.


Oh, my...


"And there appeared
a great wonder.

"A woman clothed with the sun
and the moon under her feet,

"and upon her head
a crown of 12 stars."

"In that hour, he had cured
many diseases and plagues.

"And he answered,
the blind received their sight,

"the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear."

You can't deny him
any longer, Edna Mae.

You got to declare
his comin' now.

You have his power.

I've seen it.

You are his power.

"And the woman was bent
and could not straighten,

"and he laid his hands on her,

"and immediately
she was made straight."

Now, the Christ is makin' hisself known to us through you.

How many proofs
more do you need?

You heal, you die,
and you live again.

You have
the power of prophecy.

You knew your Pa was dyin'.

You knew that.
Cal, stop it.

Look, Edna, I denied him

and I almost died,
and he saved me through you.

Now, the power is here.
It's you.

Say it, Edna Mae!
He is makin' hisself known. You say it!

I want you to get out
of here right now, Cal.

You are the living Christ.

You are the resurrection,

the fulfillment of
his promise to us.

I'm not the living Christ.

Believe me.

I'm not.



"If thy law had
not been my delight,

"I would have perished
in my affliction.

"I will never
forget thy precepts,

"for by them...
Thou hast given me life."

(CHUCKLES) "I am thine.

"The wicked deny you,

"but I consider
thy testimonies.

"I will make clear
the way of your coming."

EDNA: So he went to the doctor
and he said,

"Doc, my right foot hurts."

And the doctor said, "Heck, Zeke,
that's just old age."

And he said, "Oh, yeah?
Well, my left foot's just as old.

"How come
that doesn't hurt?"


Then there was the inscription
on the tombstone

of the hypochondriac
that said,

"See? Now will you
believe I'm sick?"


He shall be revealed!

My God, he's got a gun!



It's all right. I'm all right.


Oh, don't hurt him!


Please! He didn't mean it!

He didn't know
what he was doing!

Don't hurt him, please.
Oh, God!



That's the last of it.

KATHY: I wish
you'd change your mind.


PEARL: Seems like
you're always leaving.

EDNA: It does, doesn't it?

Can't you tell us
where you're goin'?

Well, I don't know.

I just wanna drive around
and see what I can see.

And I'll call you
when I light somewhere.

Bye, Jack.


Buck, thanks for everything.

None needed.

Goodbye, cousin.

Bye, Kathy.

You take care,
you hear?

You, too.

You all go on.

I want my goodbye private.

Well, seems like you had your own cavalry here, child.

Seems like.

They let you see him?

He didn't want
to see me.

I tried to see him,
but he didn't want to.

Well, I expect he has some time to think about all this for a while.


You know, when I was
in high school, I...

I read about Joan of Arc.
Remember her?


I was just thinking
how crazy everything is.

That she was burned for hearing voices,
and I was almost got for not.

Can't win for losin', huh?

You ain't lost nothin'.

God bless you, child.


What? What is it?

Well, I...

I just got this here feelin',
this'll be the last time we...

We saw each other.

In this world, anyways.


Well, you save me a good place on the other side.

I'll save it.


I love you, Grandma.

Yes, that's it, ain't it?

If we could just

love each other

as much as we say we love Him,

I suspect there wouldn't be the bother in the world there is.

I suspect.

PEARL: You write,
you hear?

I promise.

Drive careful.
I will.



Okay, Clancy, come on.

Come on.

That's a boy.

WOMAN: Oh, my,
is your granddaddy gonna be glad to see you.

Let's see. The last time you saw him,
you were four.

And after we see
the Grand Canyon,

we'll go over to the Navajo reservation and see the Indians.

Real Indians, Bobby.

They do war dances
and everything.

Won't that be fun?

MAN: And you know what, Bobby?

Right near there,

we can see dinosaur tracks
from millions of years ago!

Won't that be great?

What a funny place.

MAN: Hello?


Anybody home?

Yeah, yeah, I'm here.

Can't get that
darn wheel off.

I used to have a gear puller,
but I broke it about six...

Was it six?
No, it was seven years ago.

You know,
they don't make things like they used to,

you know what I mean?

They sure don't.
Um, I'm gonna need some gas.

Do you want me
to fill it up?

No, I'll fill it up.

Hello. How are you?

Hi, there.
What's your name?


Ma, could I have
a cold drink?

EDNA: There's some drinks right there.
Help yourself.


Looks like
a pretty sick little boy.

He is. Uh...

It's cancer.

Hello, little puppy.

His liver and...

Uh, nothing we can...

We thought we'd take him
on a trip, you know.

Let him see some things.

He's got relatives in Utah
he's never even seen.

Lake Powell is nice.

They have some boat rides there that just go for miles.

MAN: That sounds great.

What's his name?

Who, him?
That's Clancy III.

Hey, you folks aren't
in a hurry, are you?

No, not really.

Do you like plants?

I mean, like,
desert plants? Yeah.

Guess so.

Well, I have
a rock garden over there

with the most fantastic assortment of desert plants

you ever saw in your life.

Why don't you go
take a look at it

while Bobby and I
chew the fat here?

Yeah, I guess
we could. Thanks.

It's free.

It's really beautiful.

I think he likes you.

Well, he doesn't snuggle up to everybody that way.

Oh, look.
He's kissing you.

Have you ever seen
a two-headed snake?

No? Would you like to?

EDNA: I was here a long time ago when she was alive.

The man who owned her
called her Gemini.


He charged me 10 cents
to see her, too.


I was gonna charge you,
but figured it wasn't fair,

her bein' dead and all.


So Engine Joe woke up,

and he saw the scalps
hanging from the lodge pole.

And he heard this
terrible screaming,

and he saw the faces of the dead men coming toward him.

Well, he got outta
there and ran away,

and we've never heard
from him since around here.

But you know what?
Some folks say

that on some nights
up in Black Mesa,

you can hear
that screaming,

and see the faces
of the dead men

floating around
without any bodies.

Boy, I wouldn't go up there
for a million bucks.

Me neither. Uh-uh.

I wouldn't. (GROANS)

It hurt?


They give me pills for it.

I guess I'm dying.

I hear them talking about it.

Sometimes they
don't know I hear 'em.

I just wish

it wouldn't make them so sad.

Hey, would you
like to keep him?

Sure, but...


I don't think I'll be
around to take care of him.

Ah, I wouldn't worry about that.
Not one bit.

Absolutely wonderful!

They really are.
But how come they're blooming in September?

Ain't that the darnedest
thing you ever saw?

She said I could have him.

Could I? Could I?

Oh, son, I'm afraid...

Listen, I think
that boy and dog

are just about
stuck together now.

He won't be
any trouble.



Why, sure.


Could I pay you
for him?

Oh, no.

But you can pay me
for the gas.

Oh, gosh.
I'm sorry, I forgot.

That's all right.

Good. Thank you.

Thank you.

However, you can pay me
for that dog.

I'd say the price
of that dog is, uh...

One big hug,
what do you say? (CHUCKLES)




Thank you.

Thank you.