My Left Foot

November 10th, 1989


My Left Foot

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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)

Director: 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 - 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


Did You Know?

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

Continuity: 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 recommended.


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