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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Christy Brown
... Mrs. Brown
Alison Whelan ... Sheila
... Sharon
... Tom
Eanna MacLiam ... Benny
Marie Conmee ... Sadie
... Lord Castlewelland
Phelim Drew ... Brian
... Mary
... Dr. Eileen Cole
... Mr. Brown
... Barman (as Patrick Laffan)
Derry Power ... Customer in Bar
... 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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30 March 1990 (USA)  »

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My Left Foot  »

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£600,000 (estimated)

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$14,743,391
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Miramax spent over 3 times the film production budget on its publicity campaign to get the film noticed for Oscar consideration. See more »

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

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[reading a speech Christy has written]
Lord Castlewelland: "I was born in the Rotunda Hospital on June the fifth, 1932. There were 22 children in all, of which 13 survived. It would not be true to say that I am no longer lonely. I have made myself articulate and understood to people in many parts of the world, and this is something we all wish to do whether we're crippled or not. Yet, like everyone else, I am acutely conscious sometimes of my own isolation, even in the midst of people. And I often give up hope of ...
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Happy Birthday
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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In one word: inspirational
8 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

As someone who has lived with cerebral palsey for over forty years, I find this movie to be inspirational. If someone with such a severe case of CP as Christie Brown has can do so much, then there's no reason that I couldn't achieve my own dreams. Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker both give awesome performances.


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