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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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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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Composer Elmer Bernstein first met producer Noel Pearson when he visited Dublin in 1968, when Bernstein was scoring " Where's Jack ". They soon became firm friends and apparently encountered Christy Brown in a Dublin pub. Pearson told him of his plans to make a Brown biopic, and Bernstein promised that if he ever got to make it, he would compose the soundtrack for free. Over twenty years later, he fulfilled that promise. 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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Referenced in Cougar Town: All Mixed Up (2010) 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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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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