Soul Surfer

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Soul Surfer

Sean McNamara (2011)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This decent drama tells the true story of Hawaiian teenager Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb), a rising surf star who, in 2003, lost her left arm in a shark attack. You can praise or damn a film by describing it as "worthy" or "inspirational", and this certainly falls into both categories. Bethany's faith-fuelled fortitude is slapped on with a trowel as she overcomes adversity to get back on her board, while a sequence charting her humanitarian efforts in the wake of the Phuket tsunami is equally unrestrained. But the surfing scenes are well handled, the CGI effects that transform Robb into an amputee are impressively realistic, while Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid offer assured support as her parents. Sure, the film has its mawkish moments, but it's a remarkable, well-intentioned tale that deserves to ride its wave rather than to wipe out on it.


Premiere. A teenage surfer with a bright future is attacked by a shark and loses an arm. She faces a long, hard struggle to learn to cope with her disability, but with the support of her family and her faith, musters the courage to return to the waves and resume her sporting career. Fact-based drama, starring AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid.

Cast & Crew

Bethany Hamilton AnnaSophia Robb
Cheri Hamilton Helen Hunt
Tom Hamilton Dennis Quaid
Alana Blanchard Lorraine Nicholson
Sarah Hill Carrie Underwood
Dr David Rovinsky Craig T Nelson
Holt Blanchard Kevin Sorbo
Noah Hamilton Ross Thomas
Byron Blanchard Jeremy Sumpter
Director Sean McNamara
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Walt DisneyReleased on: 23 Sep 2011
Drama Children's