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Manna from Heaven (2002)

 -  Comedy  -  14 September 2002 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mother Superior
Ursula Burton ...
Two-Digit Doyle
Detective Dubrinski
Mac / Bake
Maria Burton ...


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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money | gift | heaven | manna | fable | See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some sexual references




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14 September 2002 (USA)  »

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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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The company who made the movie is helmed by the real-life five Burton sisters. See more »


Bunny: Theresa doesn't look a day older. How does she keep her youth?
Inez: I keep mine in the guest room.
Ed: I knew Stanley Stanley when he was Marvin Marvin. The only thing he ever gave anybody free was the finger.
Inez: What do you have on him, Dottie? How'd you get the Caddie?
Dottie: Just asked him.
Inez: Keep your secrets. I got my own.
Ed: You ever hear of sex appeal?
Inez: I gave already.
Bunny: Dottie has lady fluid. You never freeze in her house. We have a choice between an old folks home and an igloo.
Ed: I'll get you some warm clothes ...
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References Camelot (1967) See more »


Merry Widow Waltz
Written by Franz Lehár
Performed by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
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If Hollywood had the wellbeing of the audience at heart...
23 October 2002 | by (Alexandria, Virginia) – See all my reviews

If Hollywood had the wellbeing of the audience at heart we would see 20 films a year with the kind of wholesome fortitude that is behind this film. There are several experiences of personal growth in this movie and while the characters ARE still very human even the lessons learned are not that greed will profit you, or do-unto-others-whatever-you-want-as-long-as-you-are-okay-with-it, no, this is what our sad, desensitized lives need, more sense... more love... more do-unto-others-as-you-would-have-done-unto-you... more HOPE. (thanks Ursula!) This movie has an intelligent wit, not "yo' mama" cracks that run rampant in the so-called comedies. People need to feel good. This movie will make you feel good and possibly inspire you to better your life, and the lives of others. sidenote Every person counts in ticket sales. This is a truly independent film. If you want more quality films you have to support them.

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