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Soul Surfer (2011)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  8 April 2011 (USA)
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Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack.



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13 year-old Bethany Hamilton is a champion surfer who was born to be in the water. But after a fun night out night surfing and what should be a fun day in the water, she is attacked by a shark and loses her arm. Rushed to the hospital, she remains calm, and maintains her faith in God. Now she has to re-learn how to do everything with only one arm - including how to surf. It will take her friends, family, and her Christian faith to get her back into the water, but if that is where she is meant to be, she will find a way to get there. Written by napierslogs

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When you come back from a loss, beat the odds, and never say never, you find a champion.


Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for an intense accident sequence and some thematic material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 April 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bangu medziotoja  »

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Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,601,862 (USA) (8 April 2011)


$43,853,424 (USA) (15 July 2011)

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Carrie Underwood's first movie acting role. See more »


After Night Surfing, Cheri Hamilton makes Bethany, Alana and Timmy a drink. She puts Timmy's green cup on the counter in one shot. Then she does it again in the next. In the next frame Timmy grabbed it and was drinking. The next shot shows the cup on the counter again. This continues for several shots. See more »


Bethany Hamilton: I thought... I thought at least with clothes on, I could have two arms. That I could look normal.
Cheri Hamilton: Normal is so overrated.
Bethany Hamilton: But people like normal mom.
Cheri Hamilton: Who?
Bethany Hamilton: Guys do.
Cheri Hamilton: [takes a deep breath]
Bethany Hamilton: I mean who would even like me with this.
Cheri Hamilton: The right guy will love you, exactly the way you are. Because you're beautiful.
Bethany Hamilton: How do you know?
Cheri Hamilton: Because I know.
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Crazy Credits

During the ending credits, videos of the real Bethany Hamilton are shown, many of similar (or possibly the inspiration for) moments in the film. See more »


Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: Dennis Quaid Movies (2011) See more »


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Terrific Film with Terrific Surfing
10 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have watched a lot of surfing movies over the years but nothing as captivating as Soul Surfer. The acting is terrific but the locales make you want to move to Hawaii. In most sports based movies you expect the star of the film to win. It is sort of a given. However, this movie expertly sets the viewer up for another kind of win. Not just a trophy or a magazine cover but a win that takes the viewer done the road in his or her personal struggles. There is a lot of talk about faith based film but this film isn't really about faith it is about how to get up when you are down and make a difference. I have always been a big fan of Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt especially her performance in Castaway with Tom Hanks but she plays the mom in this film with perfection and although I never though of Dennis as a surfer like Patrick Swayze he does his part as the girls father and couch perfectly. I went to the film expecting something good but I came away from the film having experienced something great.

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