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Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)

TV-14 | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 7 April 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:

Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story 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 »

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Liz Murray: I'm smart. I know I can succeed. I just need a chance. A chance to climb out of this place I've born in. Everyone I know are angry and tired. They're trying to survive. But I know that there is a world out there that is better, that's better developed. And I want to live in it.
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Referenced in The Murder Pact (2015) See more »

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Perfect
Performed by Maren Ord
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Absolutely fabulous
7 April 2003 | by nicolebrown16See all my reviews

I was expecting this movie to be really good. Just by watching the previews of it made it sound like it was interesting, and boy was it. Thora Birch does an excellent job of portraying Liz Murray, a young woman who beats all the odds. She grows up in a broken home with two drug addicted parents who do nothing for her or her sister. Kelly Lynch is amazing as a mother with serious problems. The story really draws you in and it's sad. You want to feel sorry for her, but then you also wonder why she didn't pick up her life earlier than she did. I am so glad I watched this movie. It was truly inspirational.


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