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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
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David
Makyla Smith ...
Chris
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Jean Murray
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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 ...
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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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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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Liz Murray: I'm smart. I know I can succeed. I just need a chance. A chance to climb out of this place I've born in. Everyone I know are angry and tired. They're trying to survive. But I know that there is a world out there that is better, that's better developed. And I want to live in it.
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A true example that everyone should look up to...
24 February 2005 | by (Egypt) – See all my reviews

One of the few movies I've seen that truly talks about the problems that many societies around the globe are suffering from. It also goes to show you how far you can go if you are determined on something. So, you can really make a change if you put your mind into it. And it goes to show you that there is always hope for a better tomorrow. You just have to work hard for it. We all face problems of various degrees. But whatever the problem may be, we can face it with strong belief and strong will. Be someone and make your life and all the world around you a better place. I loved the movie, the story, the music, and, on top of all, the performance of Thora Birch. In my opinion, it is a must see.


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