A Guide to the Amphibians
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Snakes In Movies

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Snakes in Movies
Lizards in Movies
Turtles in Movies
Amphibians in Movies
Alligators and Crocodiles
in Movies
Snake Face
All Movie Snakes
Must Die!
All Movie Snakes
Want to Kill You!
Snake Bites
Snakes Used
as Weapons
Giant Monster Snakes with a Taste
for Human Flesh
Pet Snakes
Snakes Used
to Shock Us
Dancing With Snakes
Snake Charmers
Snake People
Snakes Used Realistically
Snakes Used for
Food or Medicine
Snake Fights
Throwing and
Whipping Snakes
Black Mambas
Boas, Pythons,
and Anacondas

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Resurrection (1980)
Spoiler Alert !

Some of these pictures and descriptions may give away plot details that you might not want to know before watching the film.
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This is a tear-jerker with people saying things like "the Lord moves in mysterious ways" and talk about seeing a "light at the end of the tunnel" when you're dying, and nobody gets too freaked out when a faith-healer fixes a broken back. The snake scenes are at the beginning and the end so I'm going to have to say too much about the plot for anybody to read who hasn't seen the movie so you have been warned.

Ellen Burstyn was nominated for an Oscar for her perfomance as Edna, a woman who lost the use of her legs when her car crashed over a cliff killing her husband. After a hospital stay she moves from LA back to Kansas with her father. Along the way they stop at a gas station in the desert somewhere east of Needles. The attendant asks her if she wants to see a two-headed snake for 10 cents. Of course she does, who wouldn't? So he brings the snake to her telling her its name is Gemini and that it just crawled out from under his front porch one day. He also tells her that the Hopis say the snake is a symbol of Mother Earth. She pets the heads and drives off to Kansas. After considerable effort she heals her nerve-damaged legs and starts to walk again. Then she starts healing others of their afflictions including nose-bleeds, stab wounds, fused vertebrae, and deafness. She is sent to a scientific institute in Calfornia where they wire her up and test her faith-healing abilities and confirm that they are real. She can even bend a laser light with her power. She doesn't know exactly where the power comes from - some say God, some say the Devil, some say it's from the psychology of those she is healing, but she thinks it is from the power of love. She gets involved with Cal (Sam Shepard), the young son of a fanatically religious man who tells Edna that she is doing the Devil's work. Cal is no longer religious but after watching Edna heal people, he becomes religious again and tells her she's "the resurrection - the living Christ." She denies it so he tries to kill her. That convinces her to leave Kansas and we don't see her until many years later when her hair is completely gray and she's running the same gas station where she saw the two-headed snake. An RV drives up with a young boy who is dying of cancer, so she takes him inside to see the snake, which is now dead and pickled in a jar, then she apparently heals him.

The moral of the story, as I see it, is - be nice to snakes and you might get superhero powers, but I suspect others will see it a bit differently.

The live two-headed snake we see looks like it could be a Bull Snake. The pickled snake in a jar is the same species but one of the Gopher Snake subspecies.

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