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My Left Foot (1989)

My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown (original title)
Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.

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Sadie
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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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30 March 1990 (USA)  »

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£600,000 (estimated)

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$14,743,391
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Daniel Day-Lewis acted out the opening scene, as we see in the film, on the first take. See more »

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

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Mrs. Brown: Go ahead, Christy. Make your mark.
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Referenced in Phoenix Nights: Episode #2.6 (2002) See more »

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Happy Birthday
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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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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