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Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)

Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.

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Liz Murray
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Peter
Robert Bockstael ...
David
Makyla Smith ...
Chris
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Jean Murray
Jennifer Pisana ...
Young Liz
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Pops
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Marla McLean ...
Lisa
Marguerite McNeil ...
Eva
Amber Godfrey ...
Dawn
Seamus Morrison ...
Bobby
John Fulton ...
Old Irish Cop
Rejean Cournoyer ...
Young Irish Cop
Mauralea Austin ...
Miss Wanda
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Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.

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When there was nothing to believe in, she believed in herself.

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Abbandonata Dal Destino  »

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The reason that Liz Murray left Harvard was so that she could be transferred to another school, which would be less expensive than Harvard (for which she was only receiving $12,000 a year with her scholarship) and also closer to her father, who is very ill will AIDs. See more »

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Lisa: I loved going to school so much. You never went to school. Why would they gave you a scholarship?
Liz Murray: Because I'm homeless and I'm doing really well on school.
Lisa: You're not homeless, Liz. You could stay here.
Liz Murray: No, I couldn't.
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A story of true survival
7 April 2003 | by (Louisville, Kentucky, USA) – See all my reviews

I laughed and I cried. This movie was so powerful and tells such a wonderful story of survival and determination. The acting was wonderful. A true inspiration. The fact that this is based on a true story makes it even more wonderful.


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