MANNA FROM HEAVEN
Bob Garfield - NPR
“Capra-esque. Charming, charming, charming!”
Dave Kehr - NEW YORK TIMES
“Refreshingly sincere, gentle and good-natured.”
An intelligent, feel-good movie
about rediscovering hope at any age.
What happens when you get a gift from
God (a financial windfall)
but many years later, find out it was just
-- and it's due immediately!
Love, laughter, happiness...everything money can't buy.
- Academy Award winner Shirley
Jones ("Elmer Gantry," "Music Man,"
"The Partridge Family")
- Academy Award winner Cloris
Leachman ("The Last Picture Show," "Young
- Academy Award winner Louise
Fletcher ("One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest,"
"Star Trek:Deep Space 9")
- Academy Award Nominee Seymour
Cassel ("The Royal Tennenbaums," "Rushmore,"
- Tony Nominee Harry Groener ("Buffy The Vampire Slayer," "Patch Adams,"
"Crazy For You")
- Ursula Burton ("The Office," "Divine
Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," "Sgt. Bilko")
- Shelley Duvall ("The
Shining," "Popeye," "Three Women")
- Jill Eikenberry ("L.A.
Law," "Hide in Plain Sight," "The Manhattan
- Faye Grant ("State
of Grace," "V," "Internal Affairs")
- Frank Gorshin ("Batman,"
"Luck of the Draw," "12 Monkeys")
- Wendie Malick ("Just
Shoot Me," "Dream On," "The Emperors
- Austin Pendleton ("Oz," "Searching for Bobby Fischer" "Whats
CRITIC'S PICK, The Washington
WINNER Special Audience Award, Sarasota Film Festival
WINNER People's Choice Award, Ft. Myers Beach Film Festival
WINNER Audience Award, Big Bear Film Festival
WINNER NY State Filmmakers Award, Empire State Film Festival
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MANNA FROM HEAVEN
is a lighthearted 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.
A feel-good film with a star-studded ensemble cast, MANNA is a delightful
and refreshing comedy.
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" of relatives, friends,
and two permanent house-guests that the money is a gift from heaven
to split up. Years later, Theresa, who has become a nun, decides
that it is time to pay the money back, so she calls the eccentric
group back together to repay the "loan."
The problem is, nobody has the money,
nobody wants to give back the money, they don't know to whom it
belongs, and most of them can't stand each other. Theresa has some
tall talking to do to get this querulous group on board, but her
gift was always to see the best in everyone, and she eventually
wins them over. Each one of them starts doing it for selfish reasons
(Bunny and Ed are con artists who think they'll take the money and
run; Inez, a hard-nosed casino card dealer is going to have no part
in it until she starts falling for a secret service agent...) --
but in the process, get caught up in their community and something
larger than themselves.
What follows is an witty, intelligent,
feel-good comedy about rediscovering hope at any age.
Through the ensemble comedy's fun twists
and turns, the characters (played by an all-star cast) learn about
family, romance, reconciliation and redemption by overcoming the
personal obstacles that have been holding them back in life -- and
the city's community also blossoms in the process. By working together
they begin to realize their full potential and each, in a moment
of selflessness, finds the dreams they thought the money would buy
The heartwarming comedy is appealing
to a wide audience, including young viewers, who know the film's
talented cast through classic and/or currently popular TV shows
("The Partridge Family," "Batman," "Just
Shoot Me," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), as well as
to older audiences more familiar with the actors through their movies
("Oklahoma," "The Last Picture Show," etc.)
MANNA got the endorsement or strong support from:
Habitat for Humanity
The Conference of Catholic Bishops
Rabbi Gellman and Msgr. Hartman of THE GOD SQUAD
The United Methodist Council
the Bishop of Buffalo
What the critics are saying:
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Natalie Hopkinson - WASHINGTON POST
“CRITICS PICK! Two feel-good hours of old-timey family entertainment...
A much-needed reprieve from the angst, irony and mean-spiritedness
that is endemic to modern cinema.”
Liz Smith - NEW YORK POST
“A great little movie it is. Dig this cast... Several Oscar
winners and nominees and even a Tony citation are in this amazing
group. You'll be hearing more about the Burtons!”
Ain’t it Cool News
“This movie has it all: a good plot, great characters and
performances, hilarious moments, and genuinely touching personal
moments...I'm generally pretty cynical, but I still really enjoyed
this movie. I wish more good family movies like this came along.”
Patricia Finneran - IFP, NYC
“A wonderful testament to the generosity of the human spirit
- something we are all needing right now!”
Gary Groman, BRANSON COURIER
“MANNA FROM HEAVEN is an entertainment blessing... A story
of personal relationships and interactions involving some of funniest
and most entertaining characters you will ever meet, human goodness,
kindness, faithfulness, and, most of all, the miraculous wonder
of dreaming and achieving those dreams.”
Synapsis Digital Magazine
"A truly original comedy, which will have the whole family
laughing.... Delightful feel good comedy...[that] explores in a
delightful yet insightful way the dynamics of the 'modern family'...This
movie has witty and thought provoking dialogue...I recommend [Manna
From Heaven] as one...to raise the spirits."
Michael Moore, Delaware Gazette
“A gem of a movie that the big Hollywood studios only wish
they would get.”
Carl Gottlieb (JAWS, THE JERK)
“MANNA FROM HEAVEN is a marvel of ingenuity, character and
U.S. Congress Representative Karen McCarthy (D-MO)
“It is the perfect film for this moment in history. You'll
walk out of the film soaring.”
Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)
“We don't have enough of these movies. It says something wonderful
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What audiences are saying:
"An excellently crafted film and a thoroughly enjoyable
experience!" (IMDb): This film is a gem and a true piece of art.
On all points of skillful, tasteful filmmaking, "Manna from Heaven"
ranks high. The screenplay is superbly written, and it is difficult
to imagine a better cast than that utilized by the Burton team.
The cinematography and editing demonstrate a firm command of the
film medium. If you like your movie-going pleasure laden with charming
wit, beautiful scenery, and the right balance of sentimentality,
this is the film for you.
"A lovely way to spend an evening" (IMDb): I had a
wonderful time at the show, and my friends and I spent the rest
of the evening talking about Manna. Splendid performances, great
writing and cinematography: that's what I call a moving picture.
"An uplifting comedy with twists and turns!" (IMDb):
Extremely well written, cast and directed...Dialogue is witty, engaging
and funny with characters that are a bit out there. It's great to
see a feature film that has a backbone to it and a theme of doing
the right thing.
"Two Thumbs Up!" (IMDb): All in all, this film is
fabulous - RUN, don't walk, to go see it!
"Magnificent. # 1 Feel Good Flick"
"The Best - I cried with Joy!"
"Fantastic - See it again and again!"
"Reminded me a lot of a Woody Allen film. Great Stuff!"
"FABULOUS! BEST I've seen this year -- maybe ever!"
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