The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)





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Christopher Reeve directed this inspiring made-for-television drama based on a true story, which turned out to be his final project before his passing in 2004. When she was 11 years old, Brooke Ellison was involved in an auto accident that caused her extensive head trauma and serious injuries to her spinal cord. Doctors were uncertain if Brooke would survive, and while she pulled through, the young girl was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. However, Brooke was determined to live as close to a "normal" life as was possible, and to excel despite her condition. With the unflagging support of her mother, who attended classes with her every day, Brooke not only received top marks in high school, but graduated from Harvard with honors. The Brooke Ellison Story stars Vanessa Marano as young Brooke, Lacey Chabert as Brooke in her teen and young-adult years, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as her mother, Jean.
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Lacey Chabert
as Brooke Ellison
John Slattery
as Ed Ellison
Vanessa Marano
as Young Brooke
Laurie Hedgepath
as Kysten Ellison
Ryan Hudson
as Reed Ellison
Devon Gearhart
as Young Reed
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Critic Reviews for The Brooke Ellison Story

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Stirring tale of quadriplegic girl's fight has heavy themes.

Full Review… | June 3, 2014
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Audience Reviews for The Brooke Ellison Story

Nice, and inspiring made-for-tv movie..

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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So inspiring. Makes you realize things could definitely be worse.

Erin Collins
Erin Collins

Super Reviewer

I missed the first hour of this movie, I ran across it on Lifetime tv when I couldn't find anything else to watch. From what I saw, it was an impressive movie! It was a rather realistic portrayal of someone paralyzed with a trach and ventilator, and the story of this woman and her mother was inspiring without being too sappy or cliched. The real woman is impressive and worth looking up! It's available on Netflix as a DVD rental.

Susan Patton
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