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My Left Foot (1989)
"My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown" (original title)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  10 November 1989 (USA)
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Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.



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Mr. Brown
Barman (as Patrick Laffan)
Derry Power ...
Customer in Bar


Christy Brown is a spastic quadriplegic born to a large, poor Irish family. His mother, Mrs Brown, recognizes the intelligence and humanity in the lad everyone else regards as a vegetable. Eventually, Christy matures into a cantankerous writer who uses his only functional limb, his left foot, to write with. Written by Reid Gagle

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A film about life, laughter, and the occasional miracle.


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Release Date:

10 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

My Left Foot  »

Box Office


£600,000 (estimated)


$14,743,391 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Many of the scenes were filmed through a mirror, as Daniel Day-Lewis could only manipulate his right foot to perform the actions seen in the film. See more »


In the beginning of the movie, when Mary Carr gets Christy Brown into the library, the shadow of the boom mic can clearly be seen on a white door. See more »


Mrs. Brown: Go ahead, Christy. Make your mark.
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You can't deny that Daniel Day-Lewis is the world's most devoted actor.
15 August 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Even if you know absolutely nothing about Ireland, you have to love "My Left Foot" (and especially Daniel Day-Lewis' performance in it). He plays cerebral palsy-afflicted Christy Brown. Due to this, he has spent most of his life ostracized. Even when trying to warn people about something, they just laugh at him. The light in the darkness for him is that he has control over one body part: his left foot. He uses that appendage to paint and write poetry, bringing him to prominence.

Daniel Day-Lewis and director Jim Sheridan did very well on this collaboration, and also on a later collaboration: "In the Name of the Father" (but "The Boxer" was unnecessary). "My Left Foot" can make you feel many ways: sad, hopeful, or something else. But in any case, Daniel Day-Lewis gave the performance of a lifetime here. A great movie in every sense.

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