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Soul Surfer movie featuring Kevin Sorbo opened in theaters, Friday, April 8

The faith-based film, Soul Surfer, directed by Sean McNamara, premiered Friday, April 8, in theaters nationwide. McNamara, one of the movie’s co-writers, based his screenplay on Bethany Hamilton’s 2004 biography, Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board.

The inspirational film, featuring Kevin Sorbo as Holt Blanchard, the man credited with saving Hamilton’s life, documents competitive teen surfer Hamilton’s struggle to regain not just her life, but also her status as a world-class sportswoman following a fatal shark attack.

“It’s a wonderful story based on the life of Bethany Hamilton,” said Sorbo. “She was 13-years-old when she was attacked by a 15-foot tiger shark while surfing and lost her left arm.”

Hamilton almost died. But, due to her inner strength, persistence, ambition and faith in God, she overcame all odds to once again compete, and became one of the world’s top-ranking female athletes, which she remains to this day.

“It is a triumph-over-tragedy story,” Sorbo continued. “This young girl was attacked by a shark. She lost her arm! She didn’t wallow in self-pity. She didn’t blame the world. She took this as a sign from God to spread His word. And with news of her attack spreading quickly around the world, she knew this was a gift. At 13!! She jumped back on a surfboard three weeks later and trained herself to surf with one arm. She is 20-years-old now and ranks in the top 10 surfers in the world!

“I play Holt Blanchard, best friend to Tom Hamilton, Bethany’s father played by Dennis Quaid. Holt was in the water with Bethany when the attack took place and saved her life. Doctors said another two minutes later and she would have been dead. She had lost 60% of her blood at that point.”

The movie also stars Helen Hunt, AnnaSophia Robb, Lorraine Nicholson, Carrie Underwood, Jeremy Sumpter, Ross Thomas, Sonya Balmores Chung and Chris Brochu.

See the website for more information: http://www.soulsurferthemovie.com/

(Photos courtesy of Noah Hamilton, Tristar Pictures, and Kevin Sorbo;

Video courtesy of Kevin Sorbo)

  1. teresa
    April 9, 2011 at 4:38 am

    I’m looking forward to seeing the movie:)

  2. mara
    April 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Oh darling, thank you so much for this lovely report along great pics. I wish this wonderful movie come down soon to Brazil!

  3. Rhonda
    April 9, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I very much want to see this movie! From the clips I’ve already seen,Kevin is one sexy beach boy!

  4. Anne
    April 10, 2011 at 12:27 am

    I read Bethany Hamilton’s autobiography a while back (thanks to our public library), while “Soul Surfer” was in production. I was very interested to see how Kevin would do as Holt Blanchard. I was not disappointed.

    I saw “Soul Surfer” earlier today (April 9th), as part of a belated birthday present from my younger sister. First, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. My sister actually liked it, as she didn’t expect it to be that good (bad reviews). Our mother-in-law and (94-year-old) grandmother-in-law both loved the story. I even saw a few audience members applaud during the climactic scene (in the surfing competition), where Bethany ventured out to catch the major wave the others didn’t.

    I feel that Kevin acquitted himself well as Holt, not just in the scenes dealing with the shark attack. In the surfing contests, Holt, to me, was just as likely to cheer on Bethany as Alana, his daughter. There’s a nice scene when he convinces Alana to go visit Bethany in the hospital, and stop wallowing around in guilt. His presence at the Hamiltons’ Thanksgiving get together a month later is a sign of how they feel about him (and his kids), like an extended family.

    He may have been part of the supporting cast, but Kevin gave form to the man responsible for saving Bethany Hamilton from bleeding to death.

    Thanks for sharing the photos, Jan. I loved the group shot Noah took of Kevin, Alana, Bethany, Jack & Tom. I’m sure Kevin forged some new friendships because of “Soul Surfer.”

    Well done, Kevin! You looked great on the board & on the beach. 🙂 I do want to see this film again.

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