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Manna from Heaven (2002)

PG | | Comedy | 14 September 2002 (USA)
What happens when you get a "gift from god" (a financial windfall), but, many years later, find out it was just a loan -- due immediately....

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Stanley
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Ed
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Inez
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Theresa
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Tony
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Rita
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Two-Digit Doyle
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Detective Dubrinski
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Patrick
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Storyline

Manna From Heaven is a comedic fable about what happens when you get a gift from God (a financial windfall), but many years later you find out it was a just a loan and it's due immediately. Once upon a time, many years ago, a neighborhood in Buffalo, NY is mysteriously showered with 20 dollar bills. Theresa, a young girl who everyone thinks is a saint, doesn't have much trouble convincing her loose-knit "family" that the money is a gift from Heaven. Years later, Theresa, who has become a nun, has an epiphany that it is time to pay the money back, so she calls the eccentric group together to repay the "loan." The problem is, nobody wants to give back the money, nobody has the money, they don't know to whom it belongs, and most of them can't stand each other. Along the way, the characters learn about family, romance, reconciliation and redemption, and by working together they begin to realize their full potential. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some sexual references
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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,340 (USA) (1 November 2002)

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$505,675 (USA) (30 September 2005)
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This is the third film from the five sisters of Five Sisters Productions. For this one, they optioned a script written by their mother, and asked their father to retire from his job to join them to work on the movie. See more »

Quotes

Ed: Did it ever dawn on any of you that there was something queer about that dough?
Inez: Dawned on me.
Dottie: What do you mean?
Ed: The cops didn't cordon off the neighborhood. They didn't pound on our doors and give us 24 hours to turn it in or charge us with theft. That was a lot of dough, and nobody ever came after it.
Helen: Well, if they show up now, they're thirty years late and thirty three hundred dollars short.
Inez: Double that. Every cent I got is tied up in "Ace Dealers School", the best dealers' school in ...
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Connections

References Camelot (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Agnus Dei
from MISSA BREVIS
Composed by Nancy Telfer
Performed by The Marlborough Chamber Chorus
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A lot of fun, and imperfectly perfect!
18 February 2003 | by (Buffalo, NY) – See all my reviews

It's not a perfect movie in the conventional sense, but then again so few are. I enjoyed it quite a bit in spite of the implausible plot - after all, what's a feel-good satirical comedy without some hyperbole? The casting and performances were generally delightful. The cinematography was very good in spite of what a few other uninformed reviewers have said. To capture the feel of Buffalo NY - old, out of touch, quietly desperate but always hopeful

  • the Sisters put together a montage of sights and sounds reminiscent of


the social and cultural hodge-podge that is the Buffalo area. It's a state of mind, not a geographical place!

The plot will, in its own way, lead you to the conclusion that the most common people can have redemption with a little effort and divine intervention. This was a great effort from a bunch of girls from Buffalo who have no money to compete against the digitized, schmoltzified crap dealers of Hollywood! A refreshing change of pace -go see it.


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