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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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Rated PG for language and some sexual references
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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,340, 1 November 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$505,675, 2 October 2005
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Trivia

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

Inez: He walked in at three twenty. Right on the button.
Dottie: Seven nights in a row. This is pretty serious. Did you find out his name yet?
Inez: He knows how to gamble. He knows how to drink. He knows how to smoke. There's something wrong with this guy.
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References Camelot (1967) See more »

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Merry Widow Waltz
Written by Franz Lehár
Performed by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
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One of the Best Films I've Seen in Years!
26 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

`Manna From Heaven' is a delightfully compelling film.

Within the shifting paradox of values in middle-class Americans from 40 years ago to the present day, the plot tweaks the concerns and hopes of an interesting range of `Damon Runyonesque' characters.

Their struggles with moral dilemmas, dotting on `what might have been,' hopes to yet fulfill youthful dreams, romantic yearnings, and `hit it big' combine to make a most entertaining film. Rather than relying upon `in-your- face' sexual explicitness, the burgeoning relationship between Inez and Mac/Bake is classically subtle but clear. His untying the knot in her shoelace at the Art Gallery and their heat in their poker game is outstanding

The script's crisp writing is skillfully interpreted by an outstanding star and supporting cast. One of the few films I have ever fone to see twice in its opening run, `Manna From Heaven' definitely warrants national distribution.

Conrad F. Toepfer


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