Manna from Heaven (film)

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Manna from Heaven
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Movie Poster
Directed by Gabrielle Burton
Maria Burton
Produced by Gabrielle Burton
Charity Burton
Ursula Burton
Written by Gabrielle B. Burton
Starring Shirley Jones
Cloris Leachman
Seymour Cassel
Music by Timothy Jones
James T. Sale
Cinematography Edward Slattery
Edited by Andy Peterson
Robert Tate
Mattie Valentine
Production
  company
Five Sisters Productions
Release date(s)
  • September 14, 2002 (2002-09-14)
Running time 119 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $505,675 (USA)

Manna from Heaven is a 2002 film written by Gabrielle B. Burton and co-directed by her daughter Gabrielle and her sister Maria. The film won awards at four film festivals.[1] It was actor Jerry Orbach's final film before his death from prostate cancer in 2004 and Shelley Duvall's final film before her retirement from acting in 2002.

Plot[edit]

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.

Principal cast[edit]

Actor Role
Shirley Jones Bunny
Cloris Leachman Helen
Louise Fletcher Mother Superior
Seymour Cassel Stanley
Frank Gorshin Ed
Austin Pendleton Two-Digit Doyle
Shelley Duvall Detective Dubrinski
Jerry Orbach Waltz Contest Announcer

Critical reception[edit]

Dave Kehr of The New York Times liked the film overall:

A product neither of Hollywood nor the New York-Sundance indie axis, Manna From Heaven is a true outsider film, and while it would be easy to fault its lack of technical polish, somewhat discursive script and uneven performances, it is also refreshingly sincere, gentle and good-natured.[2]

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