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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.
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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Release Date:
10 November 1989 (USA) See more »
A film about life, laughter, and the occasional miracle.
Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won 2 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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

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
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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103 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

According to the "Making of My Left Foot" segment on the Special Edition DVD, Daniel Day-Lewis broke two ribs during filming from assuming the hunched-over position in his wheelchair for weeks of filming. He also would refuse to come out of character. On visits to the set canteen, other people would have to help him with food. On one visit from his English agent, Day-Lewis again refused to come out of character as Christy Brown, and his frustrated agent took off.See more »
Continuity: Christy's position on the stairs changes between cuts when he is going downstairs after his mother's fall.See more »
[sarcastically offering congratulations to Eileen, his beloved therapist ]
Christy Brown:Con-gra-tu-la-tions to you and Peter. I'm glad you taught me to speak so I could say that.
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Referenced in Coming Soon (2014)See more »
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44 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
One of the greatest screen performances:, 27 February 2007
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

Daniel Day Lewis is one of the best actors of our time and one of my favorites. It is amazing how much he throws himself in each of the characters he plays making them real.

I remember, many years ago, we had a party in our house - the friends came over, we were sitting around the table, eating, drinking the wine, talking, laughing - having a good time. The TV was on - there was a movie which we did not pay much attention to. Then, suddenly, all of us stopped talking and laughing. The glasses did not clink, the forks did not move, the food was getting cold on the plates. We could not take our eyes off the screen where the young crippled man whose entire body was against him and who only had a control over his left foot, picked up a piece of chalk with his foot and for what seemed the eternity tried to write just one word on the floor. When he finished writing that one word, we all knew that we had witnessed not one but three triumphs - the triumph of a human will and spirit, the triumph of the cinema which was able to capture the moment like this on the film, and the triumph of an actor who did not act but who became his character.

Jim Sheridan's "My Left Foot" is an riveting, unsentimental bio-drama about Christy Brown, the man who was born with cerebral palsy in a Dublin slum; who became an artist and a writer and who found a love of his life.

I like every one of Day Lewis's performances (I have mixed feelings about his performance in GONY) but I believe that his greatest role was Christy Brown in "My Left Foot"

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