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Director:
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:
Very well done, with a good message.... 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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Trivia:
Based on the true story of Elizabeth "Liz" Murray. The real Liz appeared in the movie as a social worker and was also a co-producer for the production.See more »
Quotes:
Liz Murray:I was 15 when I went out in the world. What's a home anyway? A roof? A bed? A place where when you go there, they have to take you? If so, then I was 15 when I became homeless.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features "Jeopardy!" (1984)See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Very well done, with a good message...., 24 November 2006
Author: MarieGabrielle from United States

I had only seen Thora Birch in "Ghost World" (where she was also quite good) and so felt she deserved credit for this TV movie which was based on a true story.

Kelly Lynch and Michael Riley portray Liz Murray's parents who are both drug addicts living in squalor in a NYC apartment. I am not certain why Lynch often gets these roles. In "The Jacket" she had a similar role, but she is nonetheless believable.

Liz Murray attends school, and while being an excellent student, has difficulty with her emotions, sadness, and unstable home life. Eventually her mother contracts AIDS, and must either live with her father, or some form of assisted living. Murray apparently managed on her own. She studies hard, takes AP college courses, and sleeps overnight in abandoned subway cars. (Anyone who has seen the NY city subway system know this is no small feat).

Birch is believable, and looks the part; with all the odds against her she does well, graduates high school, and is offered a scholarship to Harvard. The fact that this is a true story is positive, it is nice to see a movie with a decent message for kids with real reasons why they should stay in school. 9/10.

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