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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Both Wesley Mann (6 episodes) and Patrick Richwood (1 episode) have appeared on the hit Disney Channel sitcom That's So Raven. 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 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
Referenced in Tosh.0: Surfer Fail
The Sound of Sunshine
Written by Jason Bowman, Michael Franti
and Carl Young
Performed by Michael Franti
Courtesy of Boo Boo Wax/Capitol Records
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