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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 ... 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
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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.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Lord Castlewelland is reading from Christy's book his glasses are not on properly for part of the reading. The right ear piece slipped down off of his ear. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Brown: Go ahead, Christy. Make your mark.
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Connections

Referenced in Gilmore Girls: The UnGraduate (2005) See more »

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Foggy Dew
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A remarkable film and performances by Day-Lewis and Fricker
30 December 2001 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

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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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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Box Office

Budget:

GBP600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,165, 12 November 1989

Gross USA:

$14,743,391

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,743,391
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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