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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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... Liz Murray
... Peter
Robert Bockstael ... David
Makyla Smith ... Chris
... Jean Murray
Jennifer Pisana ... Young Liz
... Pops
... Young Lisa
Marla McLean ... Lisa
Marguerite McNeil ... Eva
Amber Godfrey ... Dawn
... Bobby
John Fulton ... Old Irish Cop
Rejean Cournoyer ... Young Irish Cop
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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Abbandonata Dal Destino  »

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Based on the true story of Elizabeth "Liz" Murray. The real Liz appeared in the movie as a social worker and was also a co-producer for the production. See more »

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Teacher at Public School: Elizabeth is a fine name. What's your problem with it?
Liz Murray: My mom calls me Elizabeth when she is going insane.
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Taken from the album "This Crazy Life"
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Very well done, with a good message....
24 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

I had only seen Thora Birch in "Ghost World" (where she was also quite good) and so felt she deserved credit for this TV movie which was based on a true story.

Kelly Lynch and Michael Riley portray Liz Murray's parents who are both drug addicts living in squalor in a NYC apartment. I am not certain why Lynch often gets these roles. In "The Jacket" she had a similar role, but she is nonetheless believable.

Liz Murray attends school, and while being an excellent student, has difficulty with her emotions, sadness, and unstable home life. Eventually her mother contracts AIDS, and must either live with her father, or some form of assisted living. Murray apparently managed on her own. She studies hard, takes AP college courses, and sleeps overnight in abandoned subway cars. (Anyone who has seen the NY city subway system know this is no small feat).

Birch is believable, and looks the part; with all the odds against her she does well, graduates high school, and is offered a scholarship to Harvard. The fact that this is a true story is positive, it is nice to see a movie with a decent message for kids with real reasons why they should stay in school. 9/10.


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