Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story

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Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story

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Directed byPeter Levin
Produced byMichael Mahoney
Written byRonni Kern
StarringThora Birch
Michael Riley
Robert Bockstael
Makyla Smith
Kelly Lynch
Music byLouis Febre
Editing byAnita Brandt-Burgoyne
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Original channelLifetime Television
Release dateApril 7, 2003 (2003-04-07)
Running time104 minutes
 
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Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story

DVD Cover
Directed byPeter Levin
Produced byMichael Mahoney
Written byRonni Kern
StarringThora Birch
Michael Riley
Robert Bockstael
Makyla Smith
Kelly Lynch
Music byLouis Febre
Editing byAnita Brandt-Burgoyne
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Original channelLifetime Television
Release dateApril 7, 2003 (2003-04-07)
Running time104 minutes

Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story is an American TV film directed by Peter Levin. It was first released on April 7, 2003 in the United States. This movie is adapted from Liz Murray's autobiography, Breaking Night.

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Synopsis

Thora Birch stars as Liz Murray, the homeless daughter of an extremely dysfunctional Bronx family. As a young girl, Murray is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted, parents. After her mother dies of AIDS, which she got from sharing needles during her drug abuse, she got a 'slap in the face' by her mother's death and begins her work to finish high school, which she amazingly completed in two years, rather than the usual four. She becomes a star student and earns a scholarship to Harvard University through an essay contest sponsored by The New York Times.

Cast

Reception

Awards and nominations

2003 Emmy Awards
2003 Casting Society of America (Artios)
2004 American Cinema Editors (Eddies)

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