My Left Foot

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Plot

The story of Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy. He learned to paint and write with his only controllable limb – his left foot.

Release Year: 1989

Rating: 7.8/10 (21,862 voted)

Director:
Jim Sheridan

Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan

Storyline
Christy Brown is a spastic quadriplegic born 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 writer who uses his only functional limb, his left foot, to write with.

Writers: Shane Connaughton, Jim Sheridan

Cast:

Daniel Day-Lewis

Christy Brown


Brenda Fricker

Mrs. Brown


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

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

Release Date: 10 November 1989

Filming Locations: Ardmore Studios, Herbert Road, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland



Box Office Details

Budget: £600,000

(estimated)

Gross: $14,743,391
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

Daniel Day-Lewis acted out the opening scene, as we see in the film, on the first take.

Goofs:

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

Quotes:

[Christy's father builds him a house next to his parents]

Mrs. Brown:
Well, Christy, that's the nearest he'll ever come to saying I love you.



User Review

A remarkable film and performances by Day-Lewis and Fricker

Rating: 10/10

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.