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(2011)

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The real Bethany Hamilton provided most of the surf double work for her character.
Bethany asked AnnaSophia Robb to play her after seeing Robb in Bridge to Terabithia (2007).
The shark that attacked Bethany Hamilton was a 14ft (4.3M) tiger shark.
The dog in the movie is actually Bethany Hamilton's own dog Hana.
Bethany Hamilton'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.
Bethany Hamilton was involved in the film's editing process and suggested that the shark attack scene was too intense, and requested for it to be "toned down". She said that during the actual incident, everyone was calm.
AnnaSophia Robb wore a green sleeve on her left arm while filming scenes that occur after the shark attack depicted in the movie. Her arm was digitally removed in post production.
AnnaSophia Robb and Dennis Quaid had to learn to surf for the movie, but Helen Hunt was already an amateur surfer. AnnaSophia trained with Bethany Hamilton's actual coach.
Bethany Hamilton and some of her family members had cameos in the movie. In the church scene her parents are behind Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt and her sister in law sings in the worship band. In Thailand while the mission crew are serving food, Bethany walks across the screen holding a large box.
FilmDistrict Pictures originally committed to a low-key release to 300 theaters. However, they were so impressed with the final product, they ramped up a full marketing campaign and release to over 2000 theaters.
Carrie Underwood's first movie acting role.
The hymn that is sung at the beach church is "Blessed Be Your Name" by Matt Redman.
The real Bethany Hamilton is nearly 6 feet tall. Actress AnnaSophia Robb, who portrays Hamilton in this film, is only 5 feet tall.
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Cast member Lorraine Nicholson is the daughter of Jack Nicholson. Her "Soul Surfer" co-star Helen Hunt appeared with Jack Nicholson in the Oscar-winning film "As Good As It Gets" (1997).
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Part of the chorus to the hymn being sung in the "Seaside Church" scene is "You give and take away." This foreshadows events later in the movie.

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