My Left Foot (1989)
Front Cover Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis Christy Brown
Ray McAnally Mr. Brown
Brenda Fricker Mrs. Brown
Ruth McCabe Mary Carr
Fiona Shaw Dr. Eileen Cole
Hugh O'Conor Young Christy Brown
Cyril Cusack Lord Castlewelland
Alison Whelan Old Sheila
Declan Croghan Old Tom
Keith O'Conor Young Brian
Movie Details
Genre Drama
Director Jim Sheridan
Studio Miramax
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 103 mins
Country USA
Color Color
An alternative to the general run of "triumph over the odds" biopics, My Left Foot is the true story of Irish cerebral palsy victim Christy Brown. Paralyzed from birth, Brown (played by Hugh O'Conor as child and Daniel Day-Lewis as an adult) is written off as retarded and helpless. But Christy's indomitable mother ( Brenda Fricker ) never gives up on the boy. Using his left foot, the only part of his body not afflicted, Brown learns to write. He grows up to become a well-known author, painter, and fundraiser, and along the way falls in love with nurse Ruth McCabe ( Mary Carr ). There's no sugarcoating in My Left Foot : Brown, a heavy drinker, was by no means loveable. Day-Lewis and Fricker both won Academy Awards for their performances, and the film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Also notable are the late Ray McAnally in his next-to-last film role as Christy's father, and venerable Cyril Cusack as Lord Castlewelland. Director Jim Sheridan coscripted with Shane Connaughton from Christy Brown's autobiography. — Hal Erickson
Personal Details
My Rating 8
Seen It Yes
Index 203
In Collection Yes
Location Home
Owner Olavo Lira
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Release Date 2003
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1