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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.

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Sean McNamara

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Sean McNamara (screenplay), Deborah Schwartz (screenplay) | 12 more credits »
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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.


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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:

Soul Surfer 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

Gross USA:

$43,853,424

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,088,990
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Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bethany Hamilton was involved in the film's editing process and suggested that the shark attack scene was too intense, and requested for it to be "toned down". She said that during the actual incident, everyone was calm. See more »

Goofs

When Bethany and her Church Youth Group visited Thailand to help the tsunami victims, the victim who talk to Bethany, is speaking in Indonesian language, not Thai language, which is totally different. See more »

Quotes

Bethany Hamilton: Love is bigger than any tidal wave or fear.
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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

Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: ¡...con Phineas & Ferb! (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sound of Sunshine
Written by Jason Bowman, Michael Franti and Carl Young
Performed by Michael Franti & Spearhead
Courtesy of Boo Boo Wax/Capitol Records
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439th Review: Good inspirational sports movie especially for teens
13 July 2011 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

Soul Surfer is a good inspirational true story sports movie with some faith elements (Nothing too serious there, just emphasizing it was important) that hits all the right targets. As with any true story it is slightly linear, but that minor gripe aside, it is moving, and fun, and inspiring and that surely is the point.

At its best in the surf the story of Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm in a shark attack but by sheer determination went on to become a professional surfer is made to inspire and the film doesn't disappoint.

All in all, this is a good family movie with solid acting and some terrific surf scenes that should inspire everyone.


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