My Left Foot

November 10, 1989 0 By Fans
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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)

Jim Sheridan

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

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


Daniel Day-Lewis

Christy Brown

Brenda Fricker

Mrs. Brown

Alison Whelan


Kirsten Sheridan


Declan Croghan


Eanna MacLiam


Marie Conmee


Cyril Cusack

Lord Castlewelland

Phelim Drew


Ruth McCabe


Fiona Shaw

Dr. Eileen Cole

Ray McAnally

Mr. Brown

Pat Laffan


(as Patrick Laffan)

Derry Power

Customer in Bar

Hugh O'Conor

Young Christy Brown

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


Gross: $14,743,391

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


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


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


[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