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Manna from Heaven (2005)

Louise Fletcher , Shirley Jones , Gabrielle Burton , Maria Burton  |  PG |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Louise Fletcher, Shirley Jones, Cloris Leachman, Seymour Cassel
  • Directors: Gabrielle Burton, Maria Burton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009KA7AE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,280 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Manna from Heaven" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Q&A with filmmakers
  • Audio commentary with filmmakers
  • Manna From Heaven: Traveling the Indie Road' featurette
  • Deleted and extended scenes
  • Bloopers
  • Photo gallery

Editorial Reviews

What if a "gift from God" was just a loan? OscarÂ(r) winners* Shirley Jones ("The Partridge Family"), Cloris Leachman (Spanglish) and Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) lead an all-star cast including Seymour Cassel (Rushmore), Frank Gorshin (Batman), Wendie Malick ("Just Shoot Me"), Jill Eikenberry ("L.A. Law") and Shelley Duvall (The Shining) in this feel-good comedy about faith and family.When a blizzard of cash falls mysteriously from the sky into the hands of a family in Buffalo, New York, young Theresa declares it a miracle. Now, years later, Theresa (Ursula Burton) has become a nun and decides they must pay it back! Calling her eccentric and bickering family back to Buffalo, she announces that they must find a way to raise the money. The best idea yet? A dance contest!*Jones: Supporting Actress, Elmer Gantry (1960); Leachman: Supporting Actress, The Last Picture Show (1971); Fletcher: Actress, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, down-home realistic fantasy August 20, 2005
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This is a great movie about real people from a real neighborhood. It showed what can happen when a bunch of ordinary people pool the skills - and their love - to work on a common project (raising the money) that most of them thought they no longer had the drive/passion/whatever to do because they had become resigned to living in their limited ways.

As for for the reviewer who said it was unrealistic, they probably don't understand a few things, such as:

1. In real life, a lot more money ($1 mil plus) fell out of the back of a Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia truck and was recovered in a neighborhood. They also made a so-so movie out of that story.

2. If you're 57 like I am, you know that $3,300 apiece could have bought you a new Cadillac in the late 1950s-early 60s, so it was enough to finance educations or trade school tuitions. And a doctor's visit did cost under $20.

3. The emotional parts were very realistic. Some of the people argued to keep the money and some argued to give it back to the police -a realistic difference of opinion. I can't say more or I give away too much of the story.

4. The opening scenes showed people who were taken in to another's home. People did take in other people to their homes more often in those days, helping one another altruisticly. Everyone didn't live 3 superhighway exits away in the suburbs. For example, when my own mother had a gall bladder operation in the 1950s, a woman friend of the family took me into her home for a few weeks one summer.

The writer is a real, middle class person from Buffalo, where the story is set, who raised 5 daughters. She speaks naturally in the DVD special features (and is in the movie as one of the dance school clients with her real husband).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of heart .... October 16, 2005
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Most of the criticisms aimed at this movie are probably accurate, as far as they go. Yes, this isn't a great movie. It's the film equivalent of watching a high school drama club put on a play -- it's not going to be a top Broadway production, but it can make up for its lack of professionalism with a great deal of heart and good intentions.

If you judge this film strictly by technical or artistic merits, it's not going to rate very high. But if you can set aside your regular standards a bit and just sit back and enjoy it, you'll have a good time. If nothing else, it's got a great cast and is a sweet natured tribute to those old "Let's put on a show" movie!

Not all movies have to be Cannes film festival winners. Some just have to make you smile, and this one did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse of familiar territory December 12, 2009
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I grew up in WNY, so it was especially fun to watch this movie, which was filmed in Buffalo.
I'm certainly no Roger Ebert, but I did enjoy the story enough to give this a thumbs up.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I suppose that you could say that this is a simple movie. It doesn't pretend to be some big budget, over the top, award-winning film. It also is not pretentious. It is a movie that simply tells a story of a family that comes into some money in an unusual way, and has to deal with the consequences of that windfall in the future. I enjoyed the story - even when the story seemed a bit farfetched. In fact, I found it to be a charming family-type movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's raining Jacksons August 21, 2014
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Director Gabrielle Burton heads FIVE SISTERS PRODUCTIONS, a corporation her sisters Maria, Jennifer, Ursula and Charity are part of. Maria co-directs; all appear in this film, as do their parents. (Mom wrote the script.)

In the Burton family's MANNA FROM HEAVEN, a bundle of counterfeit cash blows out the back door of a step van and onto the lawn of a dysfunctional extended family. Years later one of the recipients (who's now a nun) convinces the others they must somehow replace their windfall. To do so, they get involved in various money-raising schemes, including a less-than-honest raffle and a dance contest.

A good cast is unable to save this not very amusing comedy.

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.

(6.0) Manna from Heaven (2002) - Shirley Jones/Cloris Leachman/Louise Fletcher/Seymour Cassel/Frank Gorshin/Jill Eikenberry/Austin Pendleton/Shelley Duvall/Jerry Orbach
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars some heart at last July 30, 2005
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It's rare that an indie film can leave you smiling. This one has that thing you don't see often in the art houses, let alone the multiplexes -- heart. A movie about families and about doing the right thing.
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