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The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  25 October 2004 (USA)
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Rendered a quadriplegic since a child from a near-fatal neck injury, a young girl fights against all odds to succeed in life from grade school to her acceptance into college under the assistance of her loyal and dedicated mother.

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Jean Ellison
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Ed Ellison
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Ryan Hudson ...
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Jan Djilas
Terrence Gibney ...
Mr. Barnes (as Terence Gibney)
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Cara
Jerry Lee Leighton ...
Mr. Linski
Ramona Tyler ...
Bobbi (as Ramona Tyler)
Melinda Walsh ...
Barbara
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Muriel
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Rendered a quadriplegic since a child from a near-fatal neck injury, a young girl fights against all odds to succeed in life from grade school to her acceptance into college under the assistance of her loyal and dedicated mother.

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Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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A História de Brooke Ellison  »

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Christopher Reeve's final directing project. See more »

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After Brooke enters the classroom for the first time in her wheelchair, you can see her right hand move, possibly to control the wheelchair while she turned it around. See more »

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Referenced in Heart of a Hero: A Tribute to Christopher Reeve (2006) See more »

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It's Gonna Be Okay
Performed by 'Theresa Andersson (I)'
Written by Anders Osborne / Joshua Ragsdale
Courtesy of Basin Street Records
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Wonderful and inspiring
28 December 2005 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

This TV movie about a quadriplegic who overcomes great obstacles to go on to college could be easily dismissed as just another cripple-of-the-week filler, even though it is based on a real person and true events. Two things keep that from happening: the extraordinary performance of Lacy Chabert as the quadriplegic, and the story's straightforward presentation, sometimes painful in its telling but never stooping to the saccharine (all credit is due here to the director, the late Chris Reeve, himself a quadriplegic). You would have to be made of stone not to feel tugged and ultimately uplifted by this story. A very young actress at the time this was made, Chabert is simply amazing as the protagonist and your heart will break for her as she struggles with an active, genius-level brain trapped in a ruined body. What a movie. It should be shown to every high school student. Hell, it should be shown to every family.


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