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Still shot from the movie: The Brooke Ellison Story.

The Brooke Ellison Story

Based on a true story, this movie chronicles ten years in the life of Brooke Ellison (Vanessa Marano/ Lacey Chabert), who suffered a spinal cord injury as a child that left her paralyzed from the neck down. Rising above her disability, she pursues her dreams of a university education. This made-for-TV movie was the last project undertaken by actor/ director Christopher Reeve (who was also left in a quadriplegic state after a devastating accident). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: B
Sexual Content: A-
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Run Time: 120
Theater Release:
Video Release: 23 May 2005
MPAA Rating: PG
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A family fights to find a treatment for their only child when he is diagnosed with a rare and fatal illness in the movie Lorenzo’s Oil — also based on a true story. Christopher Reeve dons a comic book hero’s costume in the 1978 blockbuster Superman.

Home Video Extra Features

Included on the DVD release of The Brooke Ellison Story is a lengthy interview with the real-life Brooke and her mother Jean. They share insights into the making of the film, pay tribute to Christopher Reeve, and talk about their future, as well as the state of paralysis research. Hearing them discuss these topics adds more reality to this touching story. Audio is available in English only (Stereo), along with English subtitles.

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