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When I Find the Ocean (2006)

PG | | Drama, Family | 4 March 2006 (USA)
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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:

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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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What a pleasure
3 April 2006 | by anitapaceSee all my reviews

What a wonderful movie!! It seem that family movies are few and far between these days. It is hard to find a quality film that the whole family can enjoy. It seems like there is little originality left in the movies today, everyone wants to remake one movie or another. Tonya has given us something new. She has succeeded in making a film that touches the heart of old and young alike! Although set in 1965, the topics are still (unfortunately) relevant today. The casting was great...I really enjoyed empathizing with Lily and her family and hating Richard Tyson and the poachers. The score is great...I still get goose-bumps. Being from the area where most of the film was made, I recognized most of the the names of the actors and sites in the film. Thank you Tonya for putting North Alabama on the map. Congratulations on a job VERY WELL DONE!!

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