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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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10 November 1989 (USA)  »

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My Left Foot  »

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£600,000 (estimated)


$14,743,391 (USA)

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Based on Christy Brown's true life story. See more »


Above his dad's head just after Christy writes "mother", and his dad is saying ,"Jesus." See more »


[writing a suicide note]
Christy Brown: All is nothing, therefore nothing must end.
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A remarkable film and performances by Day-Lewis and Fricker
30 December 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

Let me state at the outset that I have Cerebral Palsy and I went into this film expecting to have to make allowances for the lead performance. I left the theater half-convinced that they'd cast an actor who had Cerebral Palsy in the role, even though I knew that was not the case. The performances were generally excellent, with a special nod to Brenda Fricker and to Hugh O'Conner (I believe that's his name) as the young Christy Brown. Christy is talented, brash, arrogant, at times vulgar and petulant-in other words, human. This film, along with Gaby: A True Story and the documentary King Gimp, are excellent portrayals of life with CP. By no means a complete portrait, but fine examples of the disabled as human beings. Most highly recommended.

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