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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.

Director:

Jim Sheridan

Writers:

Shane Connaughton (screenplay), Jim Sheridan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Day-Lewis ... Christy Brown
Brenda Fricker ... Mrs. Brown
Alison Whelan Alison Whelan ... Sheila
Kirsten Sheridan ... Sharon
Declan Croghan ... Tom
Eanna MacLiam Eanna MacLiam ... Benny
Marie Conmee Marie Conmee ... Sadie
Cyril Cusack ... Lord Castlewelland
Phelim Drew Phelim Drew ... Brian
Ruth McCabe ... Mary
Fiona Shaw ... Dr. Eileen Cole
Ray McAnally ... Mr. Brown
Pat Laffan ... Barman (as Patrick Laffan)
Derry Power Derry Power ... Customer in Bar
Hugh O'Conor ... Young Christy Brown
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Storyline

Christy Brown is born with cerebral palsy 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 artist who uses his dexterous left foot to write and paint. Written by Reid Gagle

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A film about life, laughter, and the occasional miracle.

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Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Left Foot See more »

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Budget:

£600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,743,391
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Brenda Fricker's Oscar winning performance in this film is her only Academy Award nomination. See more »

Goofs

Above his dad's head just after Christy writes "mother", and his dad is saying ,"Jesus." See more »

Quotes

[sarcastically offering congratulations to Eileen, his beloved therapist]
Christy Brown: Con... Con... Con... gra... tu... la... tions, Peter and Eileen on the won... wonderful news. I'm glad you taught me how to speak so I could say that, Eileen.
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Happy Birthday
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Don't feel sorry for this character!
4 March 1999 | by WalterFrithSee all my reviews

Daniel Day-Lewis' almost impossible performance as a man with cerebral palsy earned him a well-deserved Oscar in 1989 for Best Actor over the heavily favoured Tom Cruise in 'Born on the Fourth of July' and Morgan Freeman in 'Driving Miss Daisy'. The Academy was still riding the wave of awarding Dustin Hoffman a second Best Actor prize a year earlier for his performance as a mentally challenged individual in 'Rain Man' and since Day-Lewis' performance was superior to Hoffman's, the Academy had to recognize him. Day-Lewis probably would have won anyway as his performance was hard to ignore and he had never received any acting nominations from the Academy before this film despite turning in great work in such films as 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being' and 'My Beautiful Laundrette.'

As Christy Brown, Daniel Day-Lewis makes his character unsympathetic as he doesn't want you to feel sorry for him. He achieved the great success of being an accomplished writer and artist. Director Jim Sheridan directs the film like a series of home movies that millions want to see.

Brenda Fricker won the Oscar as Best Supporting Actress as Brown's mother and she is the real moral centre of the film and this film proves that Hollywood is capable of choosing small, lesser known films for Oscar consideration and 'My Left Foot' is a film that is uplifting without being sentimental.


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