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My Left Foot -- The story of Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy. He learned to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.

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Director:
Writers:
Shane Connaughton (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
10 November 1989 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A film about life, laughter, and the occasional miracle.
Plot:
Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 15 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A remarkable film and performances by Day-Lewis and Fricker See more (72 total) »

Cast

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Daniel Day-Lewis ... Christy Brown

Brenda Fricker ... Mrs. Brown
Alison Whelan ... Sheila

Kirsten Sheridan ... Sharon

Declan Croghan ... Tom
Eanna MacLiam ... Benny
Marie Conmee ... Sadie

Cyril Cusack ... Lord Castlewelland
Phelim Drew ... Brian
Ruth McCabe ... Mary

Fiona Shaw ... Dr. Eileen Cole

Ray McAnally ... Mr. Brown

Pat Laffan ... Barman (as Patrick Laffan)
Derry Power ... Customer in Bar

Hugh O'Conor ... Young Christy Brown
Darren McHugh ... Young Benny
Owen Sharp ... Young Tom
Eileen Colgan ... Nan
Keith O'Conor ... Young Brian
Tom Hickey ... Priest

Julie Hale ... Rachel
Jacinta Whyte ... Sally
Sarah Cronin ... Girlfriend
Jean Doyle ... Woman with Pram
Britta Smith ... Nurse

Adrian Dunbar ... Peter
Lucy Vigne Welsh ... Petra
Daniel Reardon ... Tony
Conor Lambert ... Punch & Judy Puppeteer
Martin Dunne ... Waiter
Charlie Roberts ... Mourner #1

Jer O'Leary ... Mourner #2 (as Ger O'Leary)
Mil Fleming ... Mourner #3
Simon Kelly ... Liam
Eileen Kohlmann ... Musicians - Violin
Margaret Lyons ... Musicians - Piano
Patricia Higgins ... Musicians - Viola
Hilery O'Donovan ... Musicians - Cello
Don King ... Musicians - Double Bass
Jenny Bryne ... Special Extras
Linda Walker ... Special Extras
Albert Kavanagh ... Special Extras
Joe Swan ... Special Extras
Rita Lowe ... Special Extras
Gerard Hourigan ... Special Extras
Dawn Kursinczy ... Special Extras
Denis O'Leary ... Child
Lesley Ann Long ... Child
Caromy Corcoran ... Child
Cathy Corcoran ... Child
Lisa Jane Rowland ... Child
Aisling Murnane ... Child
Audrey Diffley ... Child
Oba Seagrave ... Child
Colm Rowland ... Child
Owen Sullivan ... Child
Dean Clifford ... Child
Sean Rowland ... Child
Barry Keane ... Child
Wayne Kearney ... Child
John Mark Knight ... Child
Deborah Pierce ... Child
Barry Lord ... Child
Tess Sheridan ... Child
Fiacra Sheridan ... Child

Eoghan O'Sullivan ... Child (as Owen O'Sullivan)
Kerry Ellen Lawlor ... Child
Naomi Sheridan ... Child
Emily Hodge Barker ... Child
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Directed by
Jim Sheridan 
 
Writing credits
Shane Connaughton (screenplay) &
Jim Sheridan (screenplay)

Christy Brown (book)

Produced by
Paul M. Heller .... executive producer (as Paul Heller)
Arthur Lappin .... line producer
Steve Morrison .... executive producer
Noel Pearson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Conroy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
J. Patrick Duffner 
 
Casting by
Nuala Moiselle 
 
Production Design by
Austen Spriggs 
 
Set Decoration by
Shirley Lynch 
 
Costume Design by
Joan Bergin 
 
Makeup Department
Sherry De Burgh .... makeup trainee
Bernie Dooley .... trainee hairdresser
Eileen Doyle .... assistant hair stylist
Anne Dunne .... hair stylist
Carole Dunne .... trainee hairdresser (as Carol Dunne)
Ken Jennings .... makeup artist
Ailbhe Lemass .... makeup assistant
Maire O'Sullivan .... makeup assistant
 
Production Management
Mary Alleguen .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kevan Barker .... first assistant director
David Byrne .... third assistant director
Brendan Geraghty .... trainee assistant director
Niamh Ni Ghrainne .... trainee assistant director (as Niamh Ní Ghrainne)
John McDonald .... trainee assistant director
Michael Rowland .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Russ Bailey .... construction manager
Denis Butler .... stand-by carpenter
Eddie Cunningham .... carpenter
Paddy Dunne .... painter
Paul Fleming .... painter
Mark Geraghty .... assistant art director
Jimmy Kavanagh .... drapes
Andrew Lee .... stagehand (as Andy Lee)
Christy McGinn .... storyboard artist
Owen Monaghan .... dressing props
Sunny Mulligan .... production buyer
Owen Murnane .... master painter
Tony Nicholson .... dressing props
Eamonn O'Higgins .... property master (as Eamon O'Higgins)
Gerry Quigley .... stand-by stagehand
Dave Rath .... painter
Phil Searls .... carpenter
P.J. Smith .... stand-by props
Derek Wallace .... stand-by props
Dave Whelan .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Brendan Campbell .... sound trainee
Ron Davis .... sound editor
Paul Delaney .... boom operator
Mike Dowson .... dubbing mixer
Kieran Horgan .... sound mixer
Michael Kelliher .... assistant sound editor
Jenny Lee Wright .... footsteps artist (as Jenny Lee-Wright)
Brian Saunders .... dubbing mixer
Liam Saurin .... post-synch mixer
Paul Delany .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Gerry Johnston .... special effects coordinator
Michael Kearns .... special effects assistant
Gay O'Reilly .... special effects assistant
 
Stunts
Peter Brayham .... stunt coordinator
Patrick Condren .... stunts
Steve Dent .... stunts (as Stephen Dent)
Dave Holland .... stunts
Jazzer Jeyes .... stunts
Paul Kelly .... stunts
Terence Plummer .... stunts (as Terry Plumber)
Michael Rowland .... stunts
Alan Walsh .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Butler .... focus puller
Louis Conroy .... gaffer
Noel Cullen .... electrician
Jim Farrell .... best boy
Jo Gibney .... clapper loader
Jonathan Hession .... still photographer
Mick Kearney .... electrician
Eamon Kelly .... stand-by rigger
John Murphy .... grip
Robbie Reilly .... rigger (as Robert Reilly)
Brian Sheridan .... generator operator
Des Whelan .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frances Boston .... wardrobe trainee
Janet O'Leary .... wardrobe mistress
Ann Stokes .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Jeanne Hurley .... second assistant film editor
Adrienne Ross .... first assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Elmer Bernstein .... conductor
Kathy Durning .... music editor
Irene Keogh .... music coordination assistant
Brian Masterson .... music recording engineer
Cynthia Millar .... musician: ondes martenot soloist
Bill Whelan .... music coordinator
 
Transportation Department
Colin Duffin .... driver (as Colm Duffin)
Pat Egan .... driver
Joe Fagan .... driver
Tom Fannin .... driver
Vincent Gallagher .... driver
Johnny Gilbert .... driver
John Green .... driver
Peter Hill .... driver
Shamie McCabe .... driver
Colman Sharkey .... driver
John J. Thompson .... driver (as Johnny Thompson)
Niall Thompson .... driver
Denis Tolton .... driver
 
Other crew
Jean Bourne .... continuity
Stephen Bradley .... assistant to line producer
Patrick Byrne .... projectionist (as Paddy Byrne)
Pippa Cross .... production executive: Granada
Maura Dillon .... stand-in
Brendan Foreman .... title designer: Graphiconies
Donal Fortune .... stand-in
Donal Geraghty .... assistant accountant
Nye Heron .... assistant to director
James Hickey .... legal advisor
Gene Lambert .... special advisor to the production
Gerry Lundberg .... unit publicist
John Markey .... stand-in
Susan Marshall .... unit nurse
John Moore .... production accountant
Kevin Moriarty .... production accountant
Niamh Nolan .... production secretary
Grania O'Shannon .... location manager
Robert Quinn .... unit runner
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown" - Ireland (original title)
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Runtime:
103 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Many of the scenes were filmed through a mirror, as Daniel Day-Lewis could only manipulate his right foot to perform the actions seen in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: Above his dad's head just after Christy writes "mother", and his dad is saying ,"Jesus."See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. Brown:Go ahead, Christy. Make your mark.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Foggy DewSee more »

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74 out of 87 people found the following review useful.
A remarkable film and performances by Day-Lewis and Fricker, 30 December 2001

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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