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My Left Foot (1989)

My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown (original title)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alison Whelan ...
Declan Croghan ...
Eanna MacLiam ...
Marie Conmee ...
Lord Castlewelland
Phelim Drew ...
Barman (as Patrick Laffan)
Derry Power ...
Customer in Bar


Christy Brown is born with cerebral palsy 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 artist who uses his dexterous left foot to write and paint. Written by Reid Gagle

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


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Release Date:

30 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

My Left Foot  »


Box Office


£600,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


First film directed by Jim Sheridan. 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 »


[Christy's father builds him a house next to his parents]
Mrs. Brown: Well, Christy, that's the nearest he'll ever come to saying I love you.
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Referenced in Phoenix Nights: Episode #2.6 (2002) See more »


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In one word: inspirational
8 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

As someone who has lived with cerebral palsey for over forty years, I find this movie to be inspirational. If someone with such a severe case of CP as Christie Brown has can do so much, then there's no reason that I couldn't achieve my own dreams. Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker both give awesome performances.

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