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The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)

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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jean Ellison
... Ed Ellison
... Brooke Ellison
... Young Brooke Ellison
Jenson Goins ... Young Kysten Ellison
... Young Reed Ellison
... Older Kysten Ellison
Ryan P. Hudson ... Reed Ellison (as Ryan Hudson)
... Jan Djilas
Terrence Gibney ... Mr. Barnes (as Terence Gibney)
... Cara
Jerry Lee Leighton ... Mr. Linski
Ramona Tyler ... Bobbi (as Ramona Tyler)
Melinda Walsh ... Barbara
Judy Leavell ... Muriel
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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.

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

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25 October 2004 (USA)  »

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A História de Brooke Ellison  »

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The movie was filmed at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA which fills in for film's supposed setting, Harvard University. See more »

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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 »

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

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It's Gonna Be Okay
Performed by Theresa Andersson
Written by Anders Osborne and Joshua Ragsdale
Courtesy of Basin Street Records
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Extraordinary!
26 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Imagine the world if we all demonstrated the kind of dignity, bravery, and integrity that Christopher Reeve showed us. The entire film was a testament to his creative brilliance as a film maker and his personal commitment to give voice to people who live with (not 'suffer from') spinal cord injury. "Contribute to the world or be paralyzed. It's your choice." What a legacy he left for all of us.

Just one thing to add to all the comments: It was not only Brooke's mother who sacrificed and stood by her daughter to help her achieve success: Her father also demonstrated the kind of unwaivering strength and unselfishness we rarely see today. His contributions were every bit as important as his wife's. Mostly, though, it was Brooke's own spirit, determination and, well, GUTS that propelled this story. Cheers to a beautifully executed project and a lasting gift to the world.


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