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When I Find the Ocean (2006)

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A little girl leaves home with her pet dog and rabbit to escape abuse and find the ocean in the hopes of feeling closer to her father who has passed away.


Tonya S. Holly


Tonya S. Holly
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Credited cast:
Dan Beene Dan Beene ... Jesse Peabody
Sara Biddle Sara Biddle ... Nurse Denise
Anthony Brooks Anthony Brooks ... Nathan Coleman
Natalie Canerday ... Aunt Betty
Bernie Casey ... Amos Jackson
James Chambliss James Chambliss ... Sergeant Montgomery
James Chapman James Chapman ... Young Dean
Kenny Davis Kenny Davis ... Selma Dock Supervisor
Timothy Eddy ... Will
Dorian Flemming Dorian Flemming ... Pearl
David 'Shark' Fralick ... Emmit Johnson
Trent Friday Trent Friday ... Voting Rights Marcher / Beatnik
Joan Ghrigsby ... Bertie
Graham Greene ... Copeland
Edie Hand Edie Hand ... Ms. Gina


Twelve-year-old Lily Strickland has lost her father, a sailor, to the sea. She and her mother go to live with her grandparents. Lily and her family have little closure on the death of her father since he was never found, thus Lily sets out alone on a trek to the ocean to find the closure that she needs to heal her loss. Set in 1965 Alabama, during the Civil Rights marches.

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Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material involving violence and racial slurs, and for language

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Release Date:

4 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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George Lindsey's final acting role. See more »

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Another Chance
27 March 2006 | by Bricke29See all my reviews

BA, I have yet to see this film. I will say that your comment seems to be a bit harsh. Especially for someone who has not commented on another film on IMDb. Question - do you have a personal problem w/ the director? It most certainly seems to be so. You have taken pot shot after pot shot to her film, herself, and her daughter. I personally can not wait to see her film. I was to be at the Academy Awards the night after her premiere and unfortunately had to miss it. I applaud her for making a 4-5 MILLION Dollar film in our state. I applaud her work for the film community as a whole, for the State. I trust that she had cast her daughter for the role due to her fitting that role perfectly. I can not imagine her just giving the lead role to her daughter, just because she wanted it. This is her daughters first role and Tonya's first feature film. Be supportive of that. Watch some other well known directors first film and see how far along they have come from that first to their last. I am sure Tonya is on the right track and will be bringing a lot of great projects to theaters in the future.

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