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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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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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Love, laughter, happiness ... Everything money can't buy. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some sexual references




Release Date:

14 September 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Um Presente de Deus  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$505,675 (USA) (30 September 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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Jerry Orbach's final film. See more »


Helen: Aren't you two forgetting a little something?
Rita: Please, Ma, just keep Ramona for a little while. This is our chance for the bigtime. You know how good we are.
Helen: Good for nothing is what you are. You gave up your chance for the big time when you got in the back seat with Mr. Hotblood Italian, can't control himself. Why couldn't you have dated some nice Irish boy...
Rita: Like the nice Irish boy who knocked you up and took off...
Helen: I wanted more for you!
Rosalie: You have to give the money back.
Tony: Momma, I am not ...
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References Camelot (1967) See more »


Just the Way You Look Tonight
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15 November 2003 | by (Buffalo, NY) – See all my reviews

When I first saw the movie, I thought it was sweet - a family movie. For the rest of the night and over the next couple of days, though, clever moments and funny lines kept creeping back into my thoughts and our conversation... There's a lot going on, classic elements of farce, good character acting, and Wendie Malick's story line is just hysterical. Labelling it a "feel-good movie" belies the wit and fun - it's smarter than it seems, just like "It's a Wonderful Life" is.

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