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Soul Surfer (2011)

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


They filmed the attack scene on the beach where the real attack happened. See more »


During the finals of the nationals, the competitor's shirt colors that are listed on the board differ from the announcements. 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 »


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User Reviews

A triumph as a family movie
16 April 2011 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I went to support a family-valued film. But, I was touched and moved by the honesty and the reality of the events as they occurred.

Some of the special effects with the surf were awesome, wish there had been more.

Anna Sophia Robb stole every scene she was in. Her performance was understated and real.

Soul Surfer is a tear jerker, with an upbeat message, and ultimately makes you feel triumphant. For the Christians, there is a hymn in an outdoor church and a few references to scripture and God.

Some short documentary clips before the end credits were a highlight. Like Bethany surfing, appearances on Late Night talk, and reporters interviews. Makes me think that a biographical documentary about the real heroine, Bethany Hamilton, would be terrific.

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