Manna from Heaven
- Q&A with filmmakers
- Audio commentary with filmmakers
- Manna From Heaven: Traveling the Indie Road' featurette
- Deleted and extended scenes
- Photo gallery
Top Customer Reviews
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).Read more ›
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.
I'm certainly no Roger Ebert, but I did enjoy the story enough to give this a thumbs up.
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
and situations. I love that it was five sisters and their parents who weote and produced this gem. Even have parts in it. I bought two, tell people and lend my extra copy. One of my favorite lines is"
you"ve had too much Good Friday and not enough Sunday morning"
Brilliant Indie dilm.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great, sweet story. I'd recommend for "family" viewing. Amazing actors well directed.Published 13 months ago by Toni
Director Gabrielle Burton heads FIVE SISTERS PRODUCTIONS, a corporation her sisters Maria, Jennifer, Ursula and Charity are part of. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Annie Van Auken
This movie was made in Buffalo. That is primarily why I purchased it. As far as the movie itself, it was very amateur. The directing and editing left much to desired. Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by Buffalo Jack
Money comes around this family once. They go make their millions,
then give it away again.
It's like that well-known line on that antacid commercial: "I can't believe I ate the whole thing!" In this case, I can't believe I sat through all 120 minutes of this bland... Read morePublished on January 7, 2006 by Allisino