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
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 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.
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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 »
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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