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Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story -- Homeless to Harvard, starring Thora Birch as Liz Murray, who grew up in poverty and found herself living on the streets at age 15. Watch this incredible true story of how this young girl's hope and determination get her through the ordeal-and eventually land her in the hallowed halls of Havard University.

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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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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 3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Thora Birch is wonderful! See more (22 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
 
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 .... 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 knew at that moment I had to make a choice. I could submit to everything that was happening and live a life of excuses... or I could push myself. I could push myself and make my life good.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features "Jeopardy!" (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
MiracleSee more »

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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Thora Birch is wonderful!, 9 April 2003
Author: sebringpoet from Cleveland

Thora Birch is Liz, a young woman who grows up in a poor household where both parents are excessive drug addicts. She's a genius but she refuses to go to school because she doesn't know how to interact with her peers (she's intellectually superior to them).

When her mother leaves to live with her sexually abusive grandfather, Liz tries to live there but runs away after an argument with him. She lives on the street, and in a group home. She stays at friends' houses from time to time. She discovers what hardship really is.

After her mother dies from AIDS (which she acquired from drug use), Liz wakes up, and realizes her potential. She also realizes that she doesn't want to be homeless anymore, and that she wants to move on to a civilized lifestyle. So she goes to school. She is in gifted classes and she finishes High School in two years. She also receives a scholarship to Harvard, from the New Yor times for an essay she wrote about overcoming obstacles to get to her success.

The movie is very inspiring one of the best Lifetime movies created. Thora Birch proves that she is one of the best younger actresses today. Her powerful performance is very much deserving of an Emmy Award.

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