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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.


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:

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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The hymn that is sung at the beach church is "Blessed Be Your Name" by Matt Redman. See more »

Goofs

Cherilyn Hamilton cuts the top of a tomato twice after getting back home from the hospital. See more »

Quotes

Bethany Hamilton: Surfing isn't the most important thing in life. Love is. I've had the chance to embrace more people with one arm than I ever could with two.
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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 »

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References Cast Away (2000) See more »

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Runaway
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Performed by Mat Kearney
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Good, could have been better
31 March 2011 | by ilrmbSee all my reviews

I was able to attend a sneak preview of this film last night. I took my 7 year-old daughter. She enjoyed the movie tremendously. I think it inspired her without scaring her too much.

I enjoyed the incredible true story and the family interactions. There were a couple of times when it really hit me to think about what I would do if this happened in my family. The shark bite scene wasn't all that gory. It certainly could have been more graphic but I was thankful they didn't take it to that level.

As an astute adult, I did find some of the special effects lacked the look of a bigger budget movie. In several surf scenes it was obvious that they superimposed the actor's faces over someone else doing the surfing. The close-up shots done while surfing were obviously done in a studio. They did do a much better job of "erasing" the missing arm on AnnaSophia Robb. There were only a couple of times when you noticed some irregularities.

I didn't really care for religious aspects of the movie. To me, it seemed as if they cut some religious scenes while keeping in some of the more subtle religious parts (reading the Bible, quoting scripture, etc.). Bethany does take a religious mission but even the religious nature of the trip takes a back seat to the lessons learned. They either needed to make the family's faith a bigger part of the movie or remove it altogether. It just seem disjointed, almost as if they originally planned on a more focused religious audience only to cut parts out to appeal to a broader audience (i.e., non-believers).

Overall, I would recommend this movie to adults and kids. Kids younger than 6 might get a scare from a couple of scenes. The inspirational parts outweighed the relatively low-budget CGI scenes.


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