Heaven Audience comments
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Angeles, Buffalo, Kansas City, Branson, Florida, and other areas:
Summary: This is the most
remarkable film I've seen all year.
This is the most remarkable film I've seen all year. Why? Its intrinsic
merits speak for themselves; the snappy writing, clearheaded direction
and pacing and first rate acting. But what makes it remarkable is
its heart. There are no explosions, car chases, serial killers or
eardrum-smashing Aerosmith songs. Bravo to the sisters Burton for
defying the Hollywood zeitgeist and delivering a film that celebrates
the goodness that can be found in all of us. Think you're just too
hip to see an indy film about redemption and the goodwill we all
should cultivate? Think again. If David Mamet took his acidity down
a notch and wrote a script for Frank Capra, the result might be
something akin to "Manna From Heaven." The cast is filled
with Oscar winners, Oscar nominees and selected Burtons. The five
sisters do it all -- write, direct, produce, act, and they've come
up with a truly daring film. Daring in that it eschews the one commodity
the media tries relentlessly (and pointlessly) to exploit: "Edge."
Go elsewhere for your "edge." This is a movie about goodness
and the fact that you can find it anywhere ... even in Hollywood!
Summary: Charming! Delightful!
I enjoyed this movie so much on first viewing that I took several
different people to see it with me two more times, sharing the word
and loving it just as much each go-around! I highly recommend MANNA
FROM HEAVEN and am certain you will love it if you like a good ol'
story and cast of characters who you just may "know" from
your past! (Of course, not in your family - they lived down the
With witty dialogue, well-developed characters and ethical dilemmas
still so apropos for our third millennium, this independent film
is a winner! An impressive star-studded ensemble seems perfectly
cast charming the audience throughout and the Sister Theresa character
was a breath of fresh air for movie-watchers! Warning: Don't leave
until the credits stop rolling because the cinematographic tapestry
woven at the end dances with the spirit of the film in outstanding
fashion! A perfect 10 if you like leaving a movie feeling good!
Summary: A lot to like
I went to this film based on newspaper reviews. I love art house
type films and independent films. It was a clever device to use
the church's font to link a person from the past and what they look
like today. It was religious without throwing religion down your
throat. I've thought of the film many times since seeing it, unlike
so many of the action types forgotten shortly after leaving the
theatre. I liked that each person grew. I liked that when each became
selfless, a kind of magic happened. I liked that things turned out
well for everyone. I liked that couples in their 30's, 40's, and
older either had love or found love. I liked that these people seemed
more real than many of the hottest actors around. Manna From Heaven
has a lot of charm. I liked the quirks and I liked seeing the locality
of a real Buffalo. I appreciate films that are made where they happen,
rather than in the less expensive Canada. And frankly, I enjoyed
meeting one of the participants in the film. How many times in your
life will you get to meet a movie director or actress? The music
was a delight, especially the last piano jazz piece over the end
credits, which most people aren't around to listen to. The very
best music of many films will be at the end.
Summary: Good movie
Saw the movie last night w/o knowing anything about it (nothing
else out seemed interesting and I had a Buffalo connection to this
movie - UB grad). It was a very enjoyable movie. Liked the pace
and story. Well written plot and good character development and
relationships. Highly recommend it to anyone who likes to see movies
that have interesting stories. Found myself talking about this movie
afterwards over a few beers - most discussions don't last more than
a few minutes.
Summary: Terrific Movie!
Clean and enjoyable.
My wife and I struggle to find movies like this that are clean and
yet enjoyable for adults. If you can't find a cinema that is playing
it, call your cinema and request it. Bravo, Five Sisters Productions
for courage, tenacity and creative endeavor!
I thoroughly enjoyed Manna from Heaven. The hopes and dreams and
perspectives of each of the characters is endearing and we, the
audience, get to know each and every one of them, warts and all.
And the ending was a great, wonderful and uplifting surprise! Thanks
for the experience; I'll be looking forward to more.
Summary: Funny, feel-good
film filled with fine acting.
Manna from Heaven is heavenly. This is a movie for the family --
teens and grandparents can enjoy it together. But it isn't syrupy
sweet or silly. The characters really are "characters".
The plot is somewhat complex and you have to pay attention, but
it's like putting a puzzle together as it all falls into place bit
by bit. The period beginning is like watching an old photo album,
or remembering back when. It's extremely well done with very accurate
hairstyles and costumes. The story moves along quickly with twists,
turns and lots of fun.
A special treat is to watch the large cast of familiar
faces, many of whom we haven't seen in much too long a time. Part
of the fun is to recognize and name them mentally as they appear,
though this can be distracting. Cloris Leachman by the end of the
film looks as if she's had a make-over on "Oprah". I had
never seen Faye Grant in a movie -- only knew her as Grace's mother
in the TV series "Saving Grace". She was great, even minus
the southern accent. And I didn't even recognize Shelly Duvall.
The five sisters who created this very lovely film are a very talented
quintet and Sister Theresa is a heavenly treasure.
Summary: A REAL independent
film--Go see it --it makes the prospect of getting older a lot less
Manna From Heaven is intelligent and witty with a fantastic cast
of actors whose maturity does not dim the playfulness of the movie.
Instead it seems to embrace aging with a kind of "it ain't
over till its over" mentality and shows that its never to late
to get a new improved lease on life. The fact that the movie does
this without condescending to the audience with the usual preachy
patronizing cutsie movie tactics really makes this movie stand out.
I especially loved Wendie Malick--she does sarcasm perfectly. The
Five Sisters Production Company deserves credit for examining discerning
life issues in a funny way that actually makes you feel good when
you walk out of the theatre. I mean people clapped after the movie
was over. I can't remember the last time that happened in any theatre
I was in. Go see it -- it makes getting older a lot less scary.
PLUS this is a REAL independent film-- not just called indie cuz
its the new hot thing. We should support it so others like it can
Summary: Relaxing, cheerful
Simple plot, refreshingly presented using many people with good
talent to give the movie goer a refreshing experience. Could see
over and over and not get tired of the movie. Content makes us all
feel like humans. Situations can be related to ordinary life experiences.
Good use of all techniques to get dialogue across. Movies can be
a good experience without violence, excessive use of stunts, sex
and bad language. This one proves that point.
Summary: Manna From Heaven
is worth money
Two things can happen when an ensemble cast is brought together.
Either you are left walking out of the theater asking, "Why?'
or you receive MANNA FROM HEAVEN, a delightful comedy from the Burton
Sisters, whose mother not only provided inspiration but the screenplay
itself. Ursula Burton, plays Theresa, a nun whose friend's and family
had always believed she was touched by G-d. When money falls from
the sky the clan use young Theresa's faith that the money was gift
from the heavens to allow all their dreams to come true. Years pass
and we find Theresa returned home to her native Buffalo. She comes
to the realization that the gift needs to be repaid and calls together
her friends and family, (Academy Award winners Shirley Jones, Louise
Fletcher and Cloris Leachman) to return the debt before Easter Sunday.
The money has long since been spent and all the characters find
themselves in financial difficulties. Shirley Jones and Frank Gorshin,
are a husband and wife con team that teach the all important lesson's
in life, of how to dress for winter in Buffalo and my personal favorite,
"they expect you to take the silverware," when visiting
a restaurant. The audience can only hope that if Theresa does reach
her goal that someone won't run off with the money. The movie teaches
us that it is not money, but ourselves that make our and other's
dreams come true. Every action has an outcome not just for you,
but the community around you. When looking into the mirror we see
ourselves as we'd like to be, MANNA FROM HEAVEN, answers the question
of how other's can see the image we'd most like to reflect. The
Burtons have done a superb job directing the cast to break out of
their shells and create new and inventive characters. In the day
of multi-million dollar budgets, this low budget Indy proves it
is not the cash in hand, but true talent that will draw the biggest
laughs. Wendie Malick (The American President, Just Shoot Me) adds
a special flavor to this already talented cast.
Summary: A breathe of fresh
My wife and I just saw this film several days ago. A marvelous film...
with a marvelous cast which probably worked free of charge in this
independent production. The film is present day, but has a real
mid-60's "feel good" attitude about it. Once upon a time...you
may have found Cary Grant, James Stewart, or Audrey/Katherine Hepburn
as the leads. We met two of the movie's five sisters who produced
it...one of whom portrays a nun in the film...and basically it's
narrator. Faye Grant is fabulous...and Wendie Malick (who I'm not
familiar with) stole the show. In the day of productions going way
over budget and rarely living up to their expectations...this movie
is a breathe of fresh air in need of a lot of praise. I only wish
I could toot their horn for them! Ralph Parker
Summary: an uplifting and
delightful way to spend an afternoon!
I didn't know much about this movie going in- my roommate kind of
dragged me into it. I was so pleasantly surprised! The plot really
grabbed my attention and held it, and the characters are well-drawn
and realistic. The screenplay is very clever and funny, and the
cast does great things with it. And the best part is that it managed
to be entertaining without any explicit sex or violence! If this
movie comes anywhere into your area you really should go see it-
stand up for this little film, it is worth it!
Summary: A modern day Frank
A little sentimental at times, with more than a few laugh out loud
moments, overall very entertaining.
The story starts in Buffalo, NY in the early 1950s
on a bright sunny day when a truck load of $20 bills falls from
the sky. A young saintly Theresa, in her Catholic school uniform,
divines that the money is a gift from God. Her family and friends
split the money. Thirty years later, Theresa, now a nun, returns
to Buffalo and realizes the money was not a gift, it was a loan
and the time had come to repay it. Theresa assembles family and
friends who took the money. No one has any money to repay the "loan,"
and they don't know who they should repay. The group works to raise
money before Easter. As they go about the business of fund raising
we learn their unfulfilled hopes and dreams. We also slowly learn
the provenance of the money.
The film has an all star cast. Wendie Malick as the
cynical, hard as nails Inez and Frank Gorshin as the flim flam man,
Ed, are terrific. Ursula Burton as Sister Theresa has a continual
blissful expression.I highly recommend this film.
Summary: grateful for a
film without violence or raw language
A film that makes you smile and grateful for something to watch
without violence, foul language or computerized effects. The ensemble
cast was fun to watch, especially the Burns couple , Shirley Jones
and Frank Gorshin as they worked their way up from spongers to giving
of themselves. Wendie Malick and Jill Eikenberry were a good match
for their yin/yang relationship , though both were searching for
the same thing. Sr. Theresa character was close to the mark as one
who can make us do things for her ,yes by guilt , but also by challenging
us to go beyond our comfort zone. Thanks Sisters
Summary: Manna From Heaven
was an upbeat positive commentary on humanity.
Manna From Heaven is a light comedy that uses exaggeration of human
foibles to entertain the audience. Throughout the film there is
the expectation that goodness will surface in each situation. The
result is that the movie goer finds himself/herself sitting with
this silly grin on his/her face, peace in his/her heart, and high
expectations for human kind. Watching this movie was a most pleasant
experience. (I would venture to say uplifting experience, but some
would say that sounds corny!!)
Its a feel-good movie that made me feel good. Some in this genre
can be sickly sweet, but this script is restrained. The movie is
funny and fun. The acting is great. If this were a musical, I would
have left the theater humming the tunes.
Summary: If Hollywood had
the wellbeing of the audience at heart...
If Hollywood had the wellbeing of the audience at heart we would
see 20 films a year with the kind of wholesome fortitude that is
behind this film. There are several experiences of personal growth
in this movie and while the characters ARE still very human even
the lessons learned are not that greed will profit you, or do-unto-others-whatever-you-want-as-long-as-you-are-okay-with-it,
no, this is what our sad, desensitized lives need, more sense...
more love... more do-unto-others-as-you-would-have-done-unto-you...
more HOPE. (thanks Ursula!) This movie has an intelligent wit, not
"yo' mama" cracks that run rampant in the so-called comedies.
People need to feel good. This movie will make you feel good and
possibly inspire you to better your life, and the lives of others.
sidenote Every person counts in ticket sales. This is a truly independent
film. If you want more quality films you have to support them. Summary:
Great movie. Look for it!
I saw this is Olathe, KS, and this is the first big
city the film's opening in -- what a coup for the midwest! This
is a great movie. And the neatest part is that the filmmakers (five
real sisters and their parents!) are traveling with the movie, so
you can meet them. They are genuinely nice people, and their enthusiasm
for filmmaking is wonderful. Their movie is funny and well-made,
and it's got a great feeling to it. It's nice to see a movie this
refreshing. Check their website to see where it's going next. You
don't want to miss it. We all need a laugh now, and this one keeps
you laughing and laughing -- a great comedy. It's hard NOT to like
this movie, as you can see from other comments here and votes. By
the way, the rating system on this site doesn't make any sense,
because if you look, almost everyone has voted a 10, but the website
is giving it a 5.5? That's just wrong. This movie is a gem, and
the audience knows it. Don't miss it.
Summary: Charming and disarming
This movie is a delight. It starts off with an acknowledgment that
not everyone that you might call family is related, and that not
all of your family is always liked. After that, the movie sets up
the story: A large portion of money is blown out of a van, and a
group of friends and family finds it. Thirty years later, guilt
drives one family member to convince the rest that it is time to
return the money. A plan is devised, and we are off.
What is so nice is that the characters are intelligent,
and quirky. There are no stereotypes, even though the plot could
quickly dive into a clash of characters. Instead, the story presents
people with slightly different takes on things, and like a good
parable, let's us travel through their experiences.
I recommend seeing this movie. There is a lot of sly
humor. And, there is some cute word play, which many might really
miss. Take a friend or relative, especially one that you don't care
much for, and treat them and yourself to this little wonder.
Guys, it might appear as a chick-flick, but it is
really a story of adults, not kids like mist movies. Everyone is
going to be there. Everyone is part of a family. And this movie
Everyone is fine in the roles, however, Faye Grant,
playing Rita, just looks too young, which is a compliment to her
appearance. Some of the supporting actresses (Louise Fletcher and
Shelley Duvall) have not much more than a cameo. With that as my
only complaint, you can see that I really enjoyed this film.
If you are tired of one-dimensional characters this
Summer, doing unimportant things, then take a chance and look for
Summary: A UNIQUE FILM EXPERIENCE
MANNA FROM HEAVEN is a terrific film that is both predictable and
unpredictable at the same time. You know that the characters after
finding out that the so-called "Gift From God" was actually
a loan, will pay back the money and that everyone will be happy
at the end, but how they get there is not as obvious. The scenes
are often funny and occasionally touching as the characters evaluate
their lives and where they are going. The cast of veteran actors
are more than just a nostalgia trip. Frank Gorshin, Shirley Jones,
and Cloris Leachman prove that they are capable of more than playing
the Riddler, Mother Partridge, or Mary's friend Phyllis while Jill
Eikenberry and Wendie Malick play characters different than we have
seen on their TV series. Ursula Burton's portrayal of the nun is
both touching and funny at the same time with out making fun of
nuns or the church. If you are looking for a movie with a terrific
cast, some good music(including a Shirley Jones rendition of "The
Way You Look Tonight"), and an uplifting ending, give this
one a try. I don't think you will be disappointed.
Summary: A charmer!
Warm -- wise -- witty -- playful -- and moving -- A charmer! --
Engaging characters, beautifully portrayed by a cast loaded with
talent -- Ursula Burton is a standout -- A good story, rich with
detail and meaning -- A teeming little world of its own -- and you
don't want to leave it. Cheers and congratulations to the Burtons.
Summary: An excellently
crafted film and a thoroughly enjoyable experience!
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
Summary: A lovely way to
spend an evening
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.
Summary: An uplifting comedy
with twists and turns!
Extremely well written, cast and directed. It's not surprising that
the screenwriter is a Nicholl Fellow, has been awarded the Mary
Pickford award at the AFI, her 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.
It ends on a very positive note and you leave smiling.
Summary: Thoughts on the Supreme Being's sense of
If you think there's a Great Comedian up there, this gem of an independent
movie will have you wondering whether the Creator of life's little
coincidences isn't just a bit devilish at times. A witty fable about
how a close-knit family in beautiful downtown Buffalo copes with
sudden good fortune and old-fashioned guilt, "Manna from Heaven"
never takes itself too seriously, and it's a delight. If you don't
buy into this big time, you never tried to please your mother or
make good on a bet. But don't think this is sappy family fare: There's
a hot, sexy scene involving the unlacing of a shoe that will make
you break out in a sweat.
Summary: Two Thumbs Up!
I thoroughly enjoyed Manna from Heaven, and I definitely rate it
a must see! The movie begins with an excellent, well-conceived plot
about a group of people in Buffalo, NY who find some money that
- at the time - they believed to be a gift from God. 30 years later,
they reunite, because one of them - who has now become a nun - realizes
that the money wasn't a gift, but must be repaid. As the group comes
up with a plan to repay the money, we (the viewers) come to learn
a lot about each of the characters, how their lives have turned
out, their joys and their disappointments.
I was greatly impressed by the character development the Burton
sisters created in Manna. Most movies just feature one or two main
characters, while in Manna we gain special insight into multiple
characters, and the plot integrates them all so well. Moreover,
some of the characters are older people (or mature, shall we say),
which is really so refreshing given Hollywood's obsession with youth
or, worse yet, pairing some 65 year old male lead with a 22 year
The Burtons also do a fantastic job of mixing humor
into the film, and I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions,
which is rare for me.
All in all, this film is fabulous - RUN, don't walk, to go see it!
Summary: A fun, upbeat story
with interesting characters.
Manna From Heaven was a wonderful movie! The characters were quirky,
funny and sweet. Frank Gorshin had a particularly great part and
made me laugh-out-loud with his facial expressions and silly antics.
I was really surprised and impressed with Shirley Jones' performance.
I'd never seen her in a serious role, but I thought she was completely
convincing and wonder why she hasn't done more roles like it.
The movie itself was definitely worth seeing. I'd love to see it
full of heavenly stars, and fabulously funny!
You won't find violence or torture in this one, but if you liked
The Full Monty, you'll love MANNA FROM HEAVEN, a new film from the
LA-based film-makers, Five Sisters Productions. Though perhaps in
need of a tad bit more editing, it's a charming story about ordinary
folk, living through an extraordinary experience, with comically
A working-class family finds a major stash o'cash
that doesn't belong to them. The loot is shared between assorted
relatives, but 30 years later (the beginning of the story) we find
the money was less than carefully spent. And one of those relatives--a
nun, who remembers her dead mother's heartfelt wish--wants everyone
to return the loot and donate it to the poor. The family, ranging
from a pair of married con-artists, to a casino employee, to a nursing
home-bound senior citizen (and the other wonderfully loopy characters
they're connected to)are none too happy about God's messenger telling
them to return money they no longer have, and totally distraught
(in distinctive ways) about how in Hell to come up with it. The
details of how these oddball characters go about raising the dough
to make the loaves and fishes to feed the hungry is the hilarious
heart of the movie. Superb acting from Shirley Jones, Cloris Leachman,
Ursula Burton, Wendy Malick, Frank Gorshin, Vincent O'Neill, Shelley
Duvall, Seymour Cassel and a slew of local actors from Buffalo's
rich, talent pool (including Anthony Masiello, mayor of the city)enhances
the intelligent script.
MANNA FROM HEAVEN lovingly displays the spectacular
architecture, eccentric locations and liveliness of Buffalo, where
all the members of Five Sisters Productions were raised. It's beautifully
directed by two of the sisters, Maria and Gabrielle C. Burton, is
fortunate to have Ursula Burton as the lead, and Charity and Jennifer
Burton (along with Dad, Roger) as producers, and last but not least,
their mother, Gabrielle B. Burton, award-winning novelist and screenwriter,
to script this endearing and optimistic tale. Summary: More family
films should be like this!
This Buffalo, NY oriented film is light hearted, and
full of great writing, and acting! I was pleasantly surprised to
find this comedy actually making me laugh out loud! Many modern
family movies resort to gimmicks, sound tracks, and stupid schlock
humor, but I found this to be intelligent, and genuinely funny!
I enjoyed it very much!
Summary: Fantastic movie...
I really enjoyed this movie about a family lucky enough to receive
a gift from God, in the form of a lot of cash! The money helps secure
their futures. Then they are told they must give it back. The ensuing
story is both inspiring and hilarious, with fantastic acting all
around... The film is a must-see. Summary: A great performance
This is a thoroughly enjoyable, fresh and engaging film that is
buoyed by clever, brisk and humorous dialogue. The surprising and
delightful twists in the story line maintain audience involvement.
The consistently fine performances by an all star ensemble rounds
out an exceptionally entertaining film.
EMAILS TO US:
Just wanted to tell you that I saw Manna From Heaven this past weekend
in Olathe, KS and absolutely loved it. Thank you so much for making
such a wonderful feel-good movie. I am a devoted Five Sisters fan
now. Keep up the good work. I'm looking forward to more great things!
MANNA IS GREAT!!
I don't go to see movies that often, but I'm glad I went to see
your film, in fact I have seen it four times!!
It's hard for me to say why I've seen it so much,
it probably has something to do that I caught the "Burton Bug,"
meaning that you and your whole family are such good people that
I wanted to do my part to support the film. However, it is also
the fact that the movie is so charming, so funny, and it has a very
happy ending. I found myself rooting for the people in the movie
to do the right thing as much as I am rooting for the movie to be
a success. The people in the theater at the last two screenings
I went to(after you had left town) were talking very highly of it
as much as the people that saw it while you were in town. I hope
that your screenings in the other towns will be successful.
I know you and your family have worked hard to get
this film to the public. I know the battle is uphill but please
keep pushing forward. The movie is worth your family's time and
effort and at least in my case, has really touched me.
If it ever comes to video, I will be the first in line to buy it.
I hope all goes well in Olathe. By coincidence, I
may be across the border in Kansas City with my mother, brother,
and his family watching a football game that same weekend. I don't
know if our trip plans will allow me to drop by but rest assured,
I will be looking at the reports and hoping for the best.
Please keep me updated on how things go with the film.
I have to admit it, but I really like you and your entire family(almost
like a love at first site). I will be one of your biggest fans and
keeping up on the web site to see how things go with Five Sisters.
Good luck to you!!!
Hi, this is Josh B, we met at the Branson theater.
I just wanted to say that meeting your family last night was amazing
for me, I could feel the love just standing there next to you guys.
Most people don't open up their heart to other people like that.
I really enjoyed that short time we spent together. -- My Mom and
I were wondering if you had time before you left to come out and
see our place. It's on the way from KC back to Branson. We live
in Jenkins, MO, 15 miles south of Aurora on Hwy. 39.
Just wanted to let you know how much my husband and I enjoyed Manna
from Heaven - so much so we attended 2 nights in a row. What a pleasure
it was to meet Ursula, Maria, Gabrielle and your parents on the
first night and then to visit with Maria and Gabrielle on the second
night. If you are in Kansas City again please let us know and if
your schedule permits we would love to continue our discussion perhaps
at our home for dinner.
We've posted one of the posters at the Food Bin located
at 75th and Quivira in the Quivira 10 Shopping Center in Shawnee.
The Food Bin is a bulk/health food store run by 2 sisters who also
give back to the community, for example, preparing and serving a
meal to the homeless at the Catholic Worker House once a month.
On Monday, my husband will be posting the poster at the school where
he teaches art.
During our conversation with Maria and Gabrielle on
Saturday evening I had mentioned Shantivanam which is the House
of Prayer for the archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas. It was founded
by Fr. Edward Hays who is a very insightful, spiritual writer. Just
wanted to let them know about him and that his books are published
by Forest of Peace Publishing (http://www.forestofpeace.com/books/hays/hays.htm).
We were at Shantivanam today for Mass and told the staff and guests
about Manna. They had been discussing it at breakfast with an interest
in seeing it. My husband and I strongly encouraged them to do so.
My husband is on the phone right now with another
friend and telling him about the movie. I hope that it will continue
to play in Kansas City for many more weeks. If it's here for a few
more weeks I'm sure I'll go again with some friends.
Thank you for supporting Habitat for Humanity.
Thank you for a film that celebrates family, friends, joy, hope,
and giving to others. This world of ours needs this message so much.
Looking forward to receiving updates about the schedule for Manna.
I'll share the schedule with my extended family and friends across
the country and encourage them to attend.
If you want peace work for justice (Pope Paul VI).
Thanks for what you are doing to bring justice to the world.
Ruth and Dan D-S - Kansas
Dear Maria & sisters:
Wow. I really dug it.
There are some true genius moments too many to mention but for me
they often involved C Leachman, F Gorshin, or Wendy Malick. Makes
me want to see more movies with older actors.
Saw your movie today and thought it was terrific.
Thanks so much for letting me be your guest at the screening. I
pray you have great success with your film since you lack the pretensions
associated with the traditional Hollywood producers. I am amazed
at your ability to assemble such a stellar cast of performers. What
a feat! I hope this project takes you to bigger and better, and
that you never lose the Five Sister sweet sincerity as you rise
to the top. Please keep me informed of your progress.
Dear Gabrielle and Burton family,
Bravo on an excellent film.
I want to congratulate you heartily on a fine film. Your movie is
excellently written, beautifully shot and edited, and wonderfully
acted. I look forward to seeing it again! I was hoping to meet you
at the screening, but as you know there were many people and I was
unable to do so. Perhaps some other time!
Once again, congratulations to you all and your entire staff. You
have truly made a beautiful piece of art.
All the best,
p.s. Please keep me updated on any future screenings and the main
distribution, as well as future projects!
Dear Sisters 5,
Thanks very much for sending "Manna" my way last week.
I had a wonderful time at the show, and my friends and I spent the
rest of the evening talking about your work.
Splendid performances, great writing and cinematography: that's
what I call a moving picture.
Congratulations, and best wishes,
Chris B - Jamaica Plain, MA
It was a great pleasure meeting you both at the Rotary Club meeting
in Kansas City and then seeing you again at the theater. I wish
you the very best in your efforts with "Manna From Heaven."
Your efforts have inspired me to (further) indulge my creative self
(now that, at 47, I have begun acting and doing musicals) and get
more serious about my writing and film making aspirations.
I will also go get your other two films to screen. Good luck; I
am rooting for the Five Sisters!!
President, Video Main Street - Kansas C
Congratulations on your third week in Kansas City. We attended a
third time 24 August and took my cousin who is a nun with the Sisters
of Charity of Leavenworth. She also enjoyed it very much and said
she'll recommend it to people she knows in Denver. I went to the
IMDb and gave you a rating of 10.
Best of Luck.
Went to see Manna from Heaven last night at the AMC in Olathe. I
have to tell you, I enjoyed the film very much. My wife and I decided
to see it after having skimmed through the descriptions of various
movies currently playing. We had first heard about it last week
when we went to see "Simone" (also a great movie).
Your description of the movie in the listings is what
won us over from all the others. My first reaction was "oh
great, another 'chick flick'". (what? no explosions, high-speed
car chases or eye-popping special effects?) But as usually happens
when I make that statement, I wind up enjoying the movie and eating
my words, yours was no exception.
I believe the movie industry (particularly AMC) needs
to be shown that there are alternative ways to accomplish things,
and I think your approach is bold and sensible.
Anyway, I mentioned last night that I run a web-hosting
company here in the Kansas City area, and would be willing to offer
internet services if needed in the promotion of your projects. If
you need something done on the internet, feel free to contact me.
I would be happy to discuss ideas, possibilities, capabilities.
Keep up the great work! I will be following your projects now that
I have discovered them! (and yes, I have emailed about a dozen people
so far to go see this film)
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I so enjoyed watching your film. It's not often we get to see such
a delightful fable and it is so timely given the current state of
the world, a lovely balm. The performances are wonderful.
J. Bailey - Los Angeles
I (we all) loved the film! It was wonderfully done, meaningful,
funny and so uplifting...I am so amazed at what you, your sisters,
your Mom (and your Dad) are doing. I'm so proud of you.
Congratulations on Manna From Heaven. It's awesome.
MANNA is a terrific movie, with heart and humor, and I cannot think
of anything this country needs more at this time.
All the best,
New York, NY
IT'S GOING TO BE A SMASH HIT!
PLAYING IT NOW IS JUST WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS!!!!!
I had a chance to see Manna from Heaven. It was wonderful. You ladies
did a great job! Wendie Malick was phenomenal.
Should you ever be in Buffalo please call. I'd love to take you
to lunch. All of you are such good people and enjoyable wild women.
(This I know from being the President of the Wild Women Society!)
Just wanted to let you know that I'm pulling for you and wish you
all the luck in the world.
retired business owner and candidate for Common Council
Your film is a wonderful testament to the generosity of the human
spirit - something we are all needing right now!
With all best wishes,
AN UPLIFTING COMEDY COULD BE JUST THE MANNA PEOPLE NEED AT THIS
TIME. GO GET EM.
VITO AND LINDA
THE SERVICE MANUFACTURING GROUP
My wife Kara and I loved Manna. I am certain it will be a big success!
Sarasota Film Festival comments:
Roseann K (Guest) (1 posts)
"Thank you." Thank you for making such a great family-entertainment
film. Please continue making more of these kind of movies. You obviously
enjoy working together and it shows in your film. How lucky you
are to be involved in doing something you truly enjoy and can share
together as you're working. Your humor is a gift. Good luck to you.
I'm sure I'll be seeing your "Five Sisters Productions"
Norma G (Guest) (1 posts)
Loved the movie. Happy, fun entertaining.
Pamela W (Guest) (11 posts)
This was a nice, lighthearted comedy. It was a really good story
idea and a great opportunity to see some actors from the past as
well as new some new faces.
Jessica and Janet R (Guest) (1 posts)
"5 stars" This was amazing. Great cast. Good luck!!!!!!!!!
Maria M-S (Guest) (1 posts)
Totally enjoyed this film! I didn't know what to expect, but was
pleasantly surprised. The story line was excellent, the scenery
shots of Buffalo were never boring, the acting was superb. Loved
seeing that ensemble playing off each other. Loved it, loved, loved
it. Want to see it again.
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