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The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)

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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 P. Hudson ...
Reed Ellison (as 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
Judy Leavell ...
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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25 October 2004 (USA)  »

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A História de Brooke Ellison  »

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Trivia

Christopher Reeve's final directing project. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie, Brook is wearing what is called a "Halo". It's used to keep the patient's head still with screws put into the skull. Brook turns her head while wearing one to look at her father. This would be impossible with a real one with real screws. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

It's Gonna Be Okay
Performed by Theresa Andersson
Written by Anders Osborne and Joshua Ragsdale
Courtesy of Basin Street Records
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Extraordinary!
26 October 2004 | by (Olympia, Washington) – See all my reviews

Imagine the world if we all demonstrated the kind of dignity, bravery, and integrity that Christopher Reeve showed us. The entire film was a testament to his creative brilliance as a film maker and his personal commitment to give voice to people who live with (not 'suffer from') spinal cord injury. "Contribute to the world or be paralyzed. It's your choice." What a legacy he left for all of us.

Just one thing to add to all the comments: It was not only Brooke's mother who sacrificed and stood by her daughter to help her achieve success: Her father also demonstrated the kind of unwaivering strength and unselfishness we rarely see today. His contributions were every bit as important as his wife's. Mostly, though, it was Brooke's own spirit, determination and, well, GUTS that propelled this story. Cheers to a beautifully executed project and a lasting gift to the world.


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