Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story

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In this fact-based cable TV drama, Thora Birch stars as Liz Murray, the daughter of a loving but extremely dysfunctional Bronx family. Weighed down with a coke-addict father and an HIV-infected mother, Liz spends her early years shuttling from squalid apartment to public shelter and back again. At 15, she breaks away from her home life (what there is of it) and takes to the streets. Only after the death of her mother does Liz develop the determination to better her lot in life. Virtually begging her way back into...
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In this fact-based cable TV drama, Thora Birch stars as Liz Murray, the daughter of a loving but extremely dysfunctional Bronx family. Weighed down with a coke-addict father and an HIV-infected mother, Liz spends her early years shuttling from squalid apartment to public shelter and back again. At 15, she breaks away from her home life (what there is of it) and takes to the streets. Only after the death of her mother does Liz develop the determination to better her lot in life. Virtually begging her way back into high school, she becomes a superb student, and at 19, with funding from a scholarship and a part-time job with the New York Public Interest Group, "born loser" Liz enters Harvard University. The real Liz Murray co-produced the film and plays a cameo role as a social worker. Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story premiered April 7, 2003, on the Lifetime network.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Interview with Liz Murray; Languages & subtitles: English & Español
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • UPC: 012569447424
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English, Español
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Thora Birch Liz Murray
Kelly Lynch Jean Murray
Michael Riley Liz's Father
Makyla Smith Jess
Ellen Page Young Lisa
Liz Murray Social Worker
Technical Credits
Peter Levin Director
Barnet Bain Executive Producer
Ronni Kern Teleplay
Tom Patricia Executive Producer
Stephen Simon Executive Producer
Jennifer Stewart Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [1:46]
2. Unfit Mother [5:03]
3. No More to Give [3:05]
4. Smelly Kid [3:09]
5. Falling Apart [4:28]
6. Don't Make a Fuss [3:32]
7. Discipline Problem [2:17]
8. Don't Expect Much [3:20]
9. New Part of Life [1:19]
10. Is That Freaky? [4:24]
11. Good Mother [4:48]
12. One's Own Devices [6:33]
13. Not Here Anymore [2:10]
14. Charity Plot [7:21]
15. Life Choice [5:11]
16. Such a Production [6:29]
17. History Stories [3:20]
18. Life's New Order [3:15]
19. Top-10 Student [2:20]
20. Defeating Obstacles [7:14]
21. Chance to Get Out [3:44]
22. Harvard Scholarship [4:40]
23. End Credits [1:07]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Interview With Liz Murray
      Inspirational Message from Liz Murray
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
         Español
      Subtitles
         English
         Español
         Subtitles: Off
      warnervideo.com/lifetimetv.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    an outstanding story

    This movie was really inspirational. I really admire how Liz has managed to make her life become something worth while even though she was in such a difficult situation and even though she was surrounded by people who had given up. Its amazing how she still managed to keep going and to keep trying to find a better life. I was really amazed when I found out that this was actually true story, I had not imagined that there would someone who could have gone through so much and yet to have gained so much out of it. I guess it’s really true that if every single sense of security was pulled away from you, then I guess it would only force you to look forward. this is an outstanding story, probably one of the best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    an inspiring movie

    I noticed this movie on Lifetime and decided to watch it because Thora Birch was in it and it looked interesting. It turned out to be a really excellent movie! I think it's inspiring to everyone. If you have a dream you should go for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Most Touching Movie Ever

    It happened last evening just by accident while channel surfing. The title of Homeless to Harvard hooked me. Then the story of this young girl caught up in a world that she had no control over reeled me in. My heart began to ache and I began to feel compelled to act in some way to help others that might be in this situation. The movie was so dramatic and sad yet so wonderful because with each step that this young girl took to pull her self up from the depths of despair it magnified the one thing that sustains every person...Hope! I plan to purchase this movie as soon as it becomes available and donate it to the school where I live. I 'HOPE' they will show it to all the students. It has so many valuable lessons on life.

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