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Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)

Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.

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Peter Levin

Writer:

Ronni Kern
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thora Birch ... Liz Murray
Michael Riley ... Peter
Robert Bockstael Robert Bockstael ... David
Makyla Smith Makyla Smith ... Chris
Kelly Lynch ... Jean Murray
Jennifer Pisana Jennifer Pisana ... Young Liz
Aron Tager ... Pops
Ellen Page ... Young Lisa
Marla McLean Marla McLean ... Lisa
Marguerite McNeil Marguerite McNeil ... Eva
Amber Godfrey Amber Godfrey ... Dawn
Seamus Morrison ... Bobby
John Fulton John Fulton ... Old Irish Cop
Rejean Cournoyer Rejean Cournoyer ... Young Irish Cop
Mauralea Austin Mauralea Austin ... Miss Wanda
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Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.

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When there was nothing to believe in, she believed in herself.

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Biography | Drama

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

7 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abbandonata Dal Destino See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Stereo | Dolby Digital

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Color
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The reason that Liz Murray left Harvard was so that she could be transferred to another school, which would be less expensive than Harvard (for which she was only receiving $12,000 a year with her scholarship) and also to be closer to her father, who has since died 2006 of AIDS. See more »

Quotes

Lisa: I loved going to school so much. You never went to school. Why would they gave you a scholarship?
Liz Murray: Because I'm homeless and I'm doing really well on school.
Lisa: You're not homeless, Liz. You could stay here.
Liz Murray: No, I couldn't.
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Features Jeopardy! (1984) See more »

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Perfect
Performed by Maren Ord
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A true example that everyone should look up to...
24 February 2005 | by enigmatic_2002See all my reviews

One of the few movies I've seen that truly talks about the problems that many societies around the globe are suffering from. It also goes to show you how far you can go if you are determined on something. So, you can really make a change if you put your mind into it. And it goes to show you that there is always hope for a better tomorrow. You just have to work hard for it. We all face problems of various degrees. But whatever the problem may be, we can face it with strong belief and strong will. Be someone and make your life and all the world around you a better place. I loved the movie, the story, the music, and, on top of all, the performance of Thora Birch. In my opinion, it is a must see.


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