Soul Surfer

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Original Relase Date:
July 22, 2011

Feel Good Movie, Action, Surfing, Inspirational


External Links:
Official Website, IMDB


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.

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Cast & Crew

AnnaSophia Robb
Bethany Hamilton
Helen Hunt
Cheri Hamilton
Dennis Quaid
Tom Hamilton
Lorraine Nicholson
Alana Blanchard
Kevin Sorbo
Holt Blanchard
Carrie Underwood
Sarah Hill
Ross Thomas
Noah Hamilton
Chris Brochu
Tommy Hamilton
Sonya Balmores
Malina Birch
Jeremy Sumpter
Craig T. Nelson
Dr. David Rovinsky


AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt star in director Sean McNamara's idealized take on one-armed surfer Bethany Hamilton.

Sportswriters invariably call any last-minute heroics or unbelievable upset a "Hollywood ending," yet in reality Hollywood usually does a poor job with sports stories based on real-life events. Such stories force filmmakers to drastically alter the filmmaking playbook, draining away all color or quirks of personality from characters based on living people and removing any complications that might distract viewers from the "inspirational" message they're determined to convey.

One fights, the other surfs: "Hanna," "Soul Surfer" feature strong female protagonists

Stories of girls - and women - tend to get short shrift in the multiplex. So it comes as a nice surprise that as of today, there are three young heroines for moviegoers to cheer on as a feral teen named Hanna and a resilient survivor named Bethany join the ever-intrepid Jane Eyre? on the big screen.

Soul Surfer - review

One of a series of "inspirational" Hollywood films consciously aimed at both faith-based audiences and a more general public, this is a well-meaning, handsomely staged biopic of the top Hawaii-based surfing star Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm to a shark in 2003 at the age of 13, but through her Christian conviction went on to become a global heroine and top surfing professional.