My Left Foot (1989) Poster



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.
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.
It is the only film ever to get an A+ rating from Entertainment Weekly.
Daniel Day-Lewis acted out the opening scene, as we see in the film, on the first take.
Miramax spent over 3 times the film production budget on its publicity campaign to get the film noticed for Oscar consideration.
Daniel Day-Lewis insisted on remaining in his wheelchair in between takes.
Based on Christy Brown's true life story.
First film directed by Jim Sheridan.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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.
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One of the final film appearances of Ray McAnally.
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