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Writer (WGA):
Ronni Kern (written by)
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Release Date:
7 April 2003 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
When there was nothing to believe in, she believed in herself.
Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
TRULY A TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT See more (21 total) »

Cast

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Thora Birch ... Liz Murray

Michael Riley ... Peter

Robert Bockstael ... David
Makyla Smith ... Chris

Kelly Lynch ... Jean Murray
Jennifer Pisana ... Young Liz
Aron Tager ... Pops

Ellen Page ... Young Lisa
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
Kristine Slawter ... Tall Thin Girl
Mary-Colin Chisholm ... Teacher at Public School (as Mary Colin Chisholm)
Stan Carew ... New York Times Editor

Cecil Wright ... Mr. Maki
Deb Allen ... Counselor
Bailey Williams ... Girl #1
Desiree Adams ... Girl #2
Adrien Dixon ... Boy #1
Ashton Benette ... Boy #2
Juanita Peters ... Teacher at Middle School
Rita Malik ... Assistant Principal
Douglas Mayr ... Gravedigger
Linda Carvey ... Female Drunk

Brian Jamieson ... Male Drunk
Ray Doucette ... Reporter
Sarah Briand ... Girl with Soup

Lise Cormier ... Student #1
Jonathan Langlois-Sadubin ... Student #2
Mahogany Lucas ... Student #3
Grant Rogers ... Student #4
Heather Blom ... Student #5
Jim Fowler ... EMT #1
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Liz Murray ... Social Worker

Lisa Rose Snow ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Levin 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Ronni Kern (written by)

Produced by
Barnet Bain .... executive producer
Stephen Deutsch .... executive producer (as Stephen Simon)
Ronni Kern .... co-producer
Michael Mahoney .... producer
Liz Murray .... co-executive producer
Alan Nevins .... co-executive producer
Tom Patricia .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Louis Febre 
 
Cinematography by
Uta Briesewitz 
 
Film Editing by
Anita Brandt-Burgoyne  (as Anita Brandt Burgoyne)
 
Production Design by
Jennifer Stewart 
 
Art Direction by
Ewen Dickson (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Martha Curry 
 
Makeup Department
Betty Belmore .... key makeup artist
Joanne Stamp .... key hair stylist
Colleen Ryan .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Valerie Halman .... unit production manager
Brenda Torrance .... post-production supervisor
Nicole C. Taylor .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Avrel Fisher .... first assistant director
Bruce Zwicker .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jeff Beanlands .... construction coordinator
Jason Clarke .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Raymond MacDonald .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sasha Sergejewski .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Steph Carrier .... sound re-recording mixer (as Stephan Carrier)
Barry Gilmore .... dialogue editor
Janice Ierulli .... adr editor
Sean Kelly .... sound effects editor
Jane Porter .... sound recordist
Orest Sushko .... sound re-recording mixer
Gerry Jackman .... boom operator (uncredited)
Steve Kostick .... assistant dialogue editor (uncredited)
Eva Madden-Hagen .... second boom operator (uncredited)
Christopher Miller .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Colleen Pace .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Darryl Duzak .... key grip
Russell Gienapp .... camera operator
Kevin Michael LeBlanc .... first assistant camera (as Kevin Leblanc)
Kelcey Parker .... best boy grip
Mario Paulin .... gaffer
James Thibodeau .... best boy
Chris Baxter .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Keith Dimmer .... generator operator (uncredited)
Ruth Leggett .... electrician (uncredited)
Brooke Palmer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jordan Schella .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jon Comerford .... casting: Toronto
Susan Edelman .... casting: USA
Lisa Ferguson .... casting: Halifax
Larissa Giroux .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Victoria Jensen .... assistant editor: avid
Joanne Rourke .... colorist: tape-to-tape
 
Transportation Department
Kelly Peterson .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Jessie Burns .... script supervisor
Rob Chapman .... production coordinator
Kate Mahoney .... assistant production coordinator
Lisa Murray .... technical consultant
Gary Swim .... location manager
Orna Banarie .... executive assistant: Tom Patricia (uncredited)
Sherry Devanney .... craft assistant (uncredited)
Phil Hatcher .... location assistant (uncredited)
Jason Van Houten .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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104 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features "Jeopardy!" (1984)See more »
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
TRULY A TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, 19 April 2003
Author: dollarbillsemail from New Jersey

Generally, made for television movies are on a level below theatrical endeavors. However, `Homeless To Harvard' is a surprising and welcome exception. Without question it is one of the best made for television movies ever produced. This true story of Liz Murray continually strikes your primal emotional chord throughout the movie. The story is told in a stark realistically convincing manner. Excellent performances are turned in by Jennifer Pisana and Thora Birch as Liz at slightly different ages and by Kelly Lynch as Liz's alcoholic and drug addicted mother Jean. Unfortunately, the world has an ample supply of dysfunctional parents. Most often, their own children use them as an excuse to be equally dysfunctional. How uplifting to have a child use their parent's dysfunctional behavior, not as an excuse to sink into oblivion, but rather as a reason to not follow in their footsteps. This movie is all about choices. Anyone of any age who watches this movie will be left with absolutely no excuse to wallow in self pity. While this movie is a remarkable endeavor, it could have been even better. Understandably you can only fit so much content into a movie. Moreover, I'm certain that the writers included all of the key elements of Liz's life. However, this movie would have stood in a class by itself if only they had delved into Liz's true character. They did an exceptional job of depicting the decadent life that she was subject to, her reactions to it, and her existence within it. However, you don't get to see inside of Liz to actually know what she's all about. In addition, I sensed that we were shown a slightly whitewashed portrait of Liz in contrast to her true self. I suspect that she was in fact a little less innocent and a little more tarnished and troublesome than she was portrayed to be. If there's one unanswered question lingering on viewer's minds, it has to be: Why, after overcoming such insurmountable adversity, did she end up leaving Harvard? All that aside, 'Homeless To Harvard' is truly a triumph of the human spirit movie. This will be a treasured prize for your DVD/VHS collection when it becomes available.

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