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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....


Gabrielle Burton (as Gabrielle C. Burton), Maria Burton
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Jones ... Bunny
Cloris Leachman ... Helen
Louise Fletcher ... Mother Superior
Seymour Cassel ... Stanley
Frank Gorshin ... Ed
Wendie Malick ... Inez
Jill Eikenberry ... Dottie
Ursula Burton ... Theresa
Harry Groener ... Tony
Faye Grant ... Rita
Austin Pendleton ... Two-Digit Doyle
Shelley Duvall ... Detective Dubrinski
Drew Pillsbury ... Mac / Bake
Maria Burton ... Ramona
Cameron Watson ... Patrick


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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The filmmakers are donating part of their proceeds from the film to the charity "Habitat For Humanity". See more »


Helen: Stay away from that big lug. He's been here for years. That's Two-Digit Doyle.
Two-Digit Doyle: I wasn't always like this. I used to be Five-Digit Doyle!
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References Camelot (1967) See more »


I'm Hobnobbin' With My Old Friend Robin
Written by Johnny Lange
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9 March 2003 | by achilliSee all my reviews

Charming, well-written movie with good character development. Off the beaten path, and I agree with many posters here who say that they found themselves thinking about the film long after seeing it.

The usual major-development-per-minute mainstream mindset for people with no attention span is nowhere in evidence here. A very interesting story - It's not built to a formula. I just had no recollection of having seen this all before when I was watching it, and that's so rare now in the movie-as-formula age.

Wonderful performances by some really wonderful actors - Frank Gorshin especially was so good, as were Jill Eikenberry and the hilarious Cloris Leachman.

It's good to see this movie doing well, and being picked up by distributors.

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Release Date:

14 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Manna z nieba See more »

Filming Locations:

Buffalo, New York, USA See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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