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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alison Whelan ...
Eanna MacLiam ...
Marie Conmee ...
Ruth McCabe ...
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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Miramax spent over 3 times the film production budget on its publicity campaign to get the film noticed for Oscar consideration. 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 »


[writing a suicide note]
Christy Brown: All is nothing, therefore nothing must end.
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One of the best performances by an actor in the last decade.
9 November 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I am in awe of Daniel Day-Lewis' acting in this movie. I can't think of anyone else who could have portrayed the real-life writer Christy Brown as well as he does. He doesn't just portray the ravages of cerebral palsy of his character but the intelligence, humour, courage and love of the man. The character also is not deemed a saint but allowed to have humanity - the foul mouth and love of booze and women. If a movie can be called inspiring than this has to be it.

Lewis and Brenda Fricker as his mother both won Oscars and Ray McAnally as his father also deserved one. The movie is well directed by Jim Sheridan with whom Lewis again worked with in the excellent In The Name Of The Father as well as The Boxer.

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