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Soul Surfer (2011)

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Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack.

Director:

Sean McNamara

Writers:

Sean McNamara (screenplay), Deborah Schwartz (screenplay) | 12 more credits »
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1 win & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
AnnaSophia Robb ... Bethany Hamilton
Helen Hunt ... Cheri Hamilton
Dennis Quaid ... Tom Hamilton
Carrie Underwood ... Sarah Hill
Kevin Sorbo ... Holt Blanchard
Ross Thomas ... Noah Hamilton
Chris Brochu ... Timmy Hamilton
Lorraine Nicholson ... Alana Blanchard
Jeremy Sumpter ... Byron Blanchard
Sonya Balmores ... Malina Birch (as Sonya Balmores Chung)
Craig T. Nelson ... Dr. Rovinsky
Cody Gomes ... Keoki
Branscombe Richmond ... Ben Aipa
Titus Kinimaka ... Titus
John Philbin ... Fuel TV Reporter #2
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Storyline

13 year-old Bethany Hamilton is a champion surfer who was born to be in the water. But after a fun night out night surfing and what should be a fun day in the water, she is attacked by a shark and loses her arm. Rushed to the hospital, she remains calm, and maintains her faith in God. Now she has to re-learn how to do everything with only one arm - including how to surf. It will take her friends, family, and her Christian faith to get her back into the water, but if that is where she is meant to be, she will find a way to get there. Written by napierslogs

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When you come back from a loss, beat the odds, and never say never, you find a champion.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for an intense accident sequence and some thematic material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duša surfera See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,601,862, 10 April 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,853,424

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,088,990
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Ross Thomas who plays Noah Hamilton plays as another surfer in the tv show Beyond the Break. See more »

Goofs

After Night Surfing, Cheri Hamilton makes Bethany, Alana and Timmy a drink. She puts Timmy's green cup on the counter in one shot. Then she does it again in the next. In the next frame Timmy grabbed it and was drinking. The next shot shows the cup on the counter again. This continues for several shots. See more »

Quotes

Bethany Hamilton: [Bethany begins to cry over her missing arm] You know how you said it's hard to see things clearly sometimes, when you're too close? Well, I've been trying to get some perspective, I'm literally trying. Sarah... how could this be God's plan for me? I don't understand.
Sarah Hill: I don't know why terrible things happen to us sometimes. But I have to believe that something good is going to come out of this.
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Crazy Credits

During the ending credits, videos of the real Bethany Hamilton are shown, many of similar (or possibly the inspiration for) moments in the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.124 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Unknown
Written by Joel Pott, Stephen Roberts (as Steven Roberts), Timothy Wanstall and Carey Willetts
Performed by Athlete
Courtesy of Polydor Ltd (UK)
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Terrific Movie
10 April 2011 | by lkl6411See all my reviews

I wanted to see Soul Surfer for many reasons, primarily because I recently learned about Bethany Hamilton and wanted to see her courageous story. I also heard it advertised on our local radio station and thought it sounded like a good movie.

The movie clearly portrays the Hamilton family as a close group who walked through an extremely difficult tragedy with grace and courage.

The scene when Bethany is attacked by the whale is brief but the aftermath is bloody and somewhat difficult to watch so I would encourage parents to be mindful of this. I took my almost-10-year old daughter to see it with me, but I discussed ahead of time what the movie was about. I didn't know what to expect with the actual shark but I did remind her that shark attacks are very rare, that this young woman spent much of her time in the ocean, etc. I think my daughter was still a little haunted by the images, so please be mindful that younger kids could be traumatized.

Still, the movie is worth seeing, especially by teens and adults. This courageous young woman took a personal tragedy and made it something meaningful and positive. Bless her! The acting is solid, the action is quick, the script is realistic and keeps moving well. I liked everything about it and hope the movie does really well. We need more inspiring, uplifting messages today.

Enjoy!


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