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
When you come back from a loss, beat the odds, and never say never, you find a champion.
8 April 2011 (USA)
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Opening Weekend: $10,601,862
(8 April 2011)
(15 July 2011)
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
's father said that David Zelon
, an executive at Mandalay Pictures, lobbied to reduce the movie's Christian elements so the film could appeal more to non-Christian audiences. This included such elements as having the words "Holy Bible" digitally erased off the cover of a Bible that Dennis Quaid
reads from in the movie; and a scripture verse quoted by Carrie Underwood
being edited so as not to indicate its Biblical origin. After strong objections from the Hamilton family, these edits were restored. See more
The iMac Computer used by the Hamiltons and the event judges was not manufactured before 2007. See more
[Bethany begins to cry over her missing arm
You know how you said it's hard to see things clearly sometimes, when you're too close? Well, I've been trying to get some perspective, I'm literally trying. Sarah... how could this be God's plan for me? I don't understand.
I don't know why terrible things happen to us sometimes. But I have to believe that something good is going to come out of this.
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
This Is the Life
Written by Kevin Baird
, Sam Halliday
(as Samuel Halliday) and Alex Trimble
(as Alexander Trimble)
Performed by Two Door Cinema Club
Courtesy of Glassnote Records
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