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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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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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30 March 1990 (USA)  »

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£600,000 (estimated)

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$14,743,391 (USA)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Christy's position on the stairs changes between cuts when he is going downstairs after his mother's fall. See more »

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Mr. Brown: [entering a bar holding nine-year-old Christy] This is Christy Brown, my son. Genius.
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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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