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Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama  -  7 April 2003 (USA)
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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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Liz Murray
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Peter
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David
Makyla Smith ...
Chris
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Jean Murray
Jennifer Pisana ...
Young Liz
Aron Tager ...
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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David: You're in.
Liz Murray: But you told the others you wouldn't let them know until Friday.
David: You're in.
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Performed by Maren Ord
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An inspiring story but an uninspiring movie.
28 November 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I am astounded at the amount of positive reviews this movie has. I can only assume it is getting high ratings for the story because they way this has been put together is amateurish. I know it is a made-for-TV movie, but does it have to scream it? The use of voice-over is terribly cheesy. I don't alway mind VOs but in this case it seems like a lazy of showing what is going on instead of writing powerful scenes and letting the audience figure it out.

I don't see why something that is a true story has to have the sentiment ladled on so thickly. The story should speak for itself.

The acting from the leads was okay. The supporting cast was a bit weak.

I recommend you see this movie only if you are really bored or you are a homeless person that need inspiration.


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