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Gaby: A True Story (1987)

The life of Gaby Brimmer, a girl physically handicapped, who finally gets her goals of study and triumph.


Luis Mandoki


Michael Love (as Michael James Love), Luis Mandoki (developer) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liv Ullmann ... Sari
Norma Aleandro ... Florencia
Robert Loggia ... Michel
Rachel Chagall Rachel Chagall ... Gaby (as Rachel Levin)
Lawrence Monoson ... Fernando
Robert Beltran ... Luis
Beatriz Sheridan Beatriz Sheridan ... Fernando's Mother
Tony Goldwyn ... David
Danny De La Paz Danny De La Paz ... Carlos
Paulina Gómez Paulina Gómez ... Gaby - 3 Years Old
Enrique Lucero ... Minister of Education
Eduardo López Rojas Eduardo López Rojas ... Hector Bulle Goyri
Ana Ofelia Murguía ... Nurse at Brimmer House
Hugh Harleston Hugh Harleston ... University Professor
Carolyn Valero Carolyn Valero ... Teacher - Rehabilitation Center


The life of Gaby Brimmer, a girl physically handicapped, who finally gets her goals of study and triumph.

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Drama | Romance


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USA | Mexico



Release Date:

18 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gabrysia: Opowiesc prawdziwa See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,162, 1 November 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Features Norma Aleandro's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »


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Featured in The 60th Annual Academy Awards (1988) See more »


Piano Concerto #4
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A truly moving picture
27 May 2001 | by vealcalf2000See all my reviews

This movie was very inspirational, sad, and moving. It was amazing to watch someone so limited physically effect the lives around her and do so much with her own life. I, of course, had a huge lump in my throat when her and her true love Luis could not be together. Really makes you reflect on your own life and realize how much more you could be doing with it.

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