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
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 »
Christy's position on the stairs changes between cuts when he is going downstairs after his mother's fall. See more »
[entering a bar holding nine-year-old Christy]
This is Christy Brown, my son. Genius.
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A remarkable film and performances by Day-Lewis and Fricker
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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