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"A gift from Heaven": This Southern Gothic drama of a deeply troubled family was written by leading man David Steen, who adapted the screenplay from his own play. Ma Samuals lives in a poor section of rural North Carolina during the 1970s. Her slightly retarded son Charlie was the product of an incestuous relationship with her uncle, a preacher who seduced her when she was only 12; despite this experience, Ma remains a devout Fundamentalist Christian. Ma also lives with her adopted daughter, Messy, though it's obvious that Charlie is the favored child, and Messy is often the target for Ma's abuse. When Cousin Anna is orphaned, she comes to stay with the Samuals family, which upsets the household's already shaky emotional balance. Ma disapproves of Messy's new friendship with Anna, believing she's a poor influence on her daughter, and when Anna begins spending time with Charlie, her obsessive love for her son threatens to push her over the brink. A Gift from Heaven marked the feature debut for both screenwriter Steen and director Jack Lucarelli.

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Google previewA New and General Biographical Dictionary (1795)

Containing an ... Account of the Lives and Writings of the Most Eminent Persons in Every Nation in the World, Particularly the British and Irish by G.W. Johnson

having been often heard to say, that it was a gift from heaven ; that to judge of it well, a man must understand abundance of ...

Google previewThe Royal English dictionary: or, A treasury of the English language (1763)

by Daniel Fenning

a gift, because it was a gift from heaven) in Pharmacy, a kind of honey- like juice or gum, concreted ...

Google previewCyclopaedia, Or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences... by Ephraïm Chambers (1743)

by Ephraïm Chambers

Theyy call it Manna, either from the Hebrew word rnanab, a gift, to intimate its being a gift from heaven; or from minna/z, which signifies to prepare, because the [l/Ianna came to them ready for eating, and needed no preparation but gathering; ...

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