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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 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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Biography | Drama

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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First film directed by Jim Sheridan. See more »

Goofs

Christy's position on the stairs changes between cuts when he is going downstairs after his mother's fall. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Brown: A broken body's nothing compared to a broken heart.
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Referenced in The Real Ghostbusters: My Left Fang (1990) See more »

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Happy Birthday
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One of the best performances by an actor in the last decade.
9 November 1999 | by bluetwinSee all my reviews

I am in awe of Daniel Day-Lewis' acting in this movie. I can't think of anyone else who could have portrayed the real-life writer Christy Brown as well as he does. He doesn't just portray the ravages of cerebral palsy of his character but the intelligence, humour, courage and love of the man. The character also is not deemed a saint but allowed to have humanity - the foul mouth and love of booze and women. If a movie can be called inspiring than this has to be it.

Lewis and Brenda Fricker as his mother both won Oscars and Ray McAnally as his father also deserved one. The movie is well directed by Jim Sheridan with whom Lewis again worked with in the excellent In The Name Of The Father as well as The Boxer.


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