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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 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Phenomenal 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
 
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:
Chris:But you are not a freak?
Liz Murray:No.
Chris:O... That's to bad. I am.
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Movie Connections:
Features "Jeopardy!" (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Phenomenal, 20 January 2010
Author: Xarabe from Somewhere Nowhere Everywhere

I remember hearing about Liz Murray on Oprah back in 2004. I also remember she was the first recipient of Oprah's Chutzpah award and was inspired by her story. Naturally, it was only right of me to be curious about the film made about her life, and since I was not able to see it back then, I decided to fork out the money to buy the actual movie online last year. I'm so glad I did because it truly is one of the most inspirational films I've seen. The film has no pretense about it, it doesn't paint Liz Murray as this big heroine or self-pitying sermonizer, her story just was what it was - she realized her situation and took steps to eventuate to success out of grand resilience. She overcame a great deal of hardship to make it out telling her story to the world. Anecdotes that really convey her situation; about doing her homework on the subway train, juggling twice the amount of course work, trying to deal with her family situation of drug-addicted parents, shoplifting self help books and of course it goes without saying - being homeless.

The performances are terrific, especially Thora Birch - off the back of her comedic role in Ghostworld - really shows her range here and her portrayal is determinedly solemn. Also, an honorable mention to the girl who plays young Liz.

I'm also glad this story wasn't made into some big Hollywood production - it would have come across too schmaltzy.

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