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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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£600,000 (estimated)

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$14,743,391 (USA)
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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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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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Watch it for the sake of Daniel Day-Lewis
2 May 2003 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

"My left foot" teaches us (or at least it should teach us) one important lesson: handicapped people aren't necessarily retarded, they can just as well be far more intelligent than any of us. I know that this sounds corny but come on, that's how many of us tend to still feel just because we can walk. This is a true story of a poor Irishman who suffers from a case of cerebral palsy and still eventually becomes a celebrated writer and painter only by using his left foot. When you know this much you can fill in the rest. I'm not saying his story isn't touching, of course it is. I'm saying that the movie is predictable and the terrific performances is what you will eventually remember. Oscar awarded Daniel Day-Lewis was spectacular as Christy Brown and we certainly shouldn't forget Hugh O'Conor who was just fantastic as young Christy. Movie that deserves to be seen.


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