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

Full Review… | October 23, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 8, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

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

April 7, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

April 4, 2003
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

April 3, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 3, 2003
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Manna From Heaven


A strange little film that has a great cast, but the story is kind of stupid. It's an alright film, but I had a difficult time staying interested at times and I was not particularly inspired by it.

James Higgins
James Higgins

awww... it's cute! I don't know what it is about it, but it's a slow moving and lovable comedy. Also, by the way, "manna" is what God sent to Moses and the hebrews in order to keep his people fed as they escaped from Egypt to the promised land... it implies money, or something that will save people... (just in case the other person who asked in their comment below me still wants to know)

Joanna H...imnotgunnasay
Joanna H...imnotgunnasay

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