7.1/10
1,489
23 user 4 critic

The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)

Trailer
1:50 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

Rendered a quadriplegic since a child from a near-fatal neck injury, a young girl fights against all odds to succeed in life from grade school to her acceptance into college under the assistance of her loyal and dedicated mother.

Director:

Christopher Reeve

Writers:

Brooke Ellison (book), Jean Ellison (book) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Russell Girl (TV Movie 2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sarah Russell, a 23-year-old aspiring medical school student, visits her family to share some important news but instead finds herself confronting a difficult period from her past.

Director: Jeff Bleckner
Stars: Amber Tamblyn, Jennifer Ehle, Henry Czerny
Hello Sister, Goodbye Life (TV Movie 2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When her father and step-mother die in an accident, a college student is given custody of her 7 year old half-sister.

Director: Steven Robman
Stars: Lacey Chabert, Sammi Hanratty, Wendie Malick
In the Gloaming (TV Movie 1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Danny, dying of Aids, returns home for his last months. Always close to his mother, they share moments of openness that tend to shut out Danny's father and his sister.

Director: Christopher Reeve
Stars: Glenn Close, Bridget Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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.

Director: Peter Levin
Stars: Thora Birch, Michael Riley, Robert Bockstael
Dawn Anna (TV Movie 2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The true story of a single mom who overcomes many of life's obstacles.

Director: Arliss Howard
Stars: Debra Winger, Alex Van, Sam Howard
Candles on Bay Street (TV Movie 2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A single mom returns to her hometown after a lengthy absence, posing a potential threat to the marriage of her old high school flame and his wife.

Director: John Erman
Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Eion Bailey, Polly Bergen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two friends keep their vomiting a secret until one friend almost dies.

Director: James A. Contner
Stars: Lynda Carter, Katie Wright, Marley Shelton
Sharing the Secret (TV Movie 2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A teenage girl who feels she must always seem happy for her parents and friends secretly binges and purges.

Director: Katt Shea
Stars: Mare Winningham, Alison Lohman, Lawrence Monoson
Growing the Big One (TV Movie 2010)
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Seattle radio talk-show host Emma Silver inherits grandpa Walt's pumpkin farm in Valleyville. She didn't plan to respect his last will, which was to run the farm, but loses her job and is ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Griffiths
Stars: Shannen Doherty, Kavan Smith, Aaron Pearl
The Face on the Milk Carton (TV Movie 1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A teenage girl sees a photograph of herself one day in the school cafeteria - on a Missing Persons column on the side of a milk carton. But her beloved parents would never kidnap anyone and there's a deeper mystery ahead.

Director: Waris Hussein
Stars: Kellie Martin, Sharon Lawrence, Edward Herrmann
Odd Girl Out (TV Movie 2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A teenager is bullied by her former friends when they discover that she has a crush on the same boy as the most popular girl in school does.

Director: Tom McLoughlin
Stars: Alexa PenaVega, Lisa Vidal, Leah Pipes
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Jean Ellison
John Slattery ... Ed Ellison
Lacey Chabert ... Brooke Ellison
Vanessa Marano ... Young Brooke Ellison
Jenson Goins Jenson Goins ... Young Kysten Ellison
Devon Gearhart ... Young Reed Ellison
Lauren Barrett ... Older Kysten Ellison
Ryan P. Hudson Ryan P. Hudson ... Reed Ellison (as Ryan Hudson)
Luke Flynn ... Jan Djilas
Terrence Gibney Terrence Gibney ... Mr. Barnes (as Terence Gibney)
Sabah ... Cara
Jerry Lee Leighton Jerry Lee Leighton ... Mr. Linski
Ramona Tyler Ramona Tyler ... Bobbi (as Ramona Tyler)
Melinda Walsh Melinda Walsh ... Barbara
Judy Leavell Judy Leavell ... Muriel
Edit

Storyline

Rendered a quadriplegic since a child from a near-fatal neck injury, a young girl fights against all odds to succeed in life from grade school to her acceptance into college under the assistance of her loyal and dedicated mother.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

A&E

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A História de Brooke Ellison See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Christopher Reeve's final directing project. See more »

Goofs

At the end of Brooke's graduation speech, her mother is shown as the first person to stand during the ovation; however, after the camera scans the crowd, they show her mother finally stand on the stage. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Heart of a Hero: A Tribute to Christopher Reeve (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Gonna Be Okay
Performed by Theresa Andersson
Written by Anders Osborne and Joshua Ragsdale
Courtesy of Basin Street Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

I was left speechless. . .
26 October 2004 | by caramelbabez53See all my reviews

This movie was too amazing to be down-sized by a couple of words. When I heard about this movie, I was very anxious to see it. I watched Brooke Ellison on Larry King a few days later, and I thought she was such an amazing person. The cast of this movie was outstanding. I forgot that I was watching a movie, I felt like it was the real thing. Christopher Reeve shone as a director, and no one will question his talent or work, the movie speaks for itself. I think this was just amazing and incredible. In the movie, Brooke Ellison's mother, Jean, told Brooke, "You can either contribute to this world or be paralyzed. The choice is yours." Brooke Ellison decided to contribute to this world, despite her disabilities, and I am sure she has inspired many people with spinal-cord injuries to make something of themselves. Brooke Ellison even inspires those of us without injuries to be the best we can be and Brooke's Story teaches us that we can't be paralyzed by the small things in life. We must keep going and enduring the pain while we continue on life's journey. Because, tragedy or triumph, pain or sadness, life is going to continue. Brooke Ellison is the type of person who proves how strong women are. The story also does a wonderful job of proving how strong a family can be. Brooke's accident could have easily torn her family apart, but they stayed together and grew closer than ever. With unconditional love and support from her family, and the undeniable love her mother, Brooke Ellison was able to go to Harvard and graduate summa cum laude from Harvard University, a huge challenge for anyone, disability or not. I wish Brooke Ellison the best of luck and I recommend that everyone watch The Brooke Ellison Story. *Christopher Reeve will be missed but he accomplished life's purpose, he spent live working to have something that would outlast it.*


14 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 23 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed