Manna From Heaven (2002)


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Sisters Gabrielle C. and Maria Burton direct the independent comedy Manna From Heaven, written by their mother, Gabrielle B. Burton, and produced by their siblings at Five Sisters Productions. In Buffalo, NY, during the '50s, the wind blows in cash money to the tune of 20 thousand dollars. Believing it was a tangible gift from God, Sister Teresa (Ursula Burton) tries to gather up the money and pay it back 30 years later. However, her family members don't want to give up their free money and can't even get along, including card dealer Inez (Wendie Malick) and con artists Bunny (Shirley Jones) and Ed Burns (Frank Gorshin, in his final film role). Also starring Seymour Cassel, Shelley Duvall, Cloris Leachman, Harry Groener, Faye Grant, Jill Eikenberry and Louise Fletcher.


Louise Fletcher
as Mother Superior
Austin Pendleton
as Two-Digit Doyle
Shelley Duvall
as Detective Dubrinski
Robert Vincent O'Neill
as Monsignor Dailey
Maureen Porter
as Rosalie Annunciata
Jennifer Burton
as Young Helen
Buddy Bolton
as Young Ed
Kate LoConti
as Young Inez
Abby Royle
as Young Rita
Neal Moeller
as Young Tony
Hallee Hirsh
as Young Theresa
Amy Wieczorek
as Mrs, MacNamara
Carolyn Ferrini
as First Dance Couple Woman
Gabrielle B. Burton
as Second Dance Couple Woman
Roger V. Burton
as Second Dance Couple Man
Michael Dugan
as First Dance Couple Man
Al Dinneen
as Casino Mgr., Winnemucca & Buffalo
Phil LaMarr
as Asst. Casino Manager
Eric Ronis
as Homeless Man
Aniruddh Patel
as Print Shop Manager
Charity Burton
as Runaway Teen
Steven J. Tasker
as Man Hustled by Helen
Paul Todaro
as Freddy, Freddy's Fresh Fish
Joey Giambra
as Clifford
Susan Rossetti
as Battered Woman
Kristen Gasser
as Annie MacNamara
Jerry Orbach
as Waltz Contest Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Manna From Heaven

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8)

You can tell what Manna wants to be -- a light-hearted-yet-profound, feel-good flick in the same vein as It's a Wonderful Life -- but it falls woefully short.

Oct 23, 2003 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

It's shot like a Lifetime-influenced student film, and the overall artlessness makes the spoony dialogue all the more glaring.

Apr 8, 2003 | Full Review…

Too cute by half and at least a half-hour too long.

Apr 7, 2003

The five sisters responsible for the old-fashioned fable 'Manna From Heaven' have a lot of plates spinning in the air -- but even their 10 hands aren't enough to overcome the hokey, overstuffed plot and a messily hand-stitched, often illogical script.

Apr 4, 2003 | Rating: 2/4

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.

Apr 3, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

The Burtons' hearts are in the right place, but they need to get more tough-minded.

Apr 3, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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