My Left Foot

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Released 1989

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Director:
Jim Sheridan
Released:
1989
Rating:
R

My Left Foot is a 1989 inspirational drama directed by Jim Sheridan. The film is based on a book of the same name written by Christy Brown who is also the subject of the film. Christy Brown (Daniel Day-Lewis) was born a quadriplegic prone to spastic outbursts. He was born into a large, poor Irish household. For the first 10 years of his life, he was treated as though mentally retarded with no hopes of ever advancing in life. His kindly mother, Mrs. Brown (Brenda Fricker), also a teacher, begins to recognize that Christy is actually an intellectually sound and thoughtful young man. With her help, Christy begins to master his the pain of his physically challenging life and goes on to become a writer and poet. In order to write, he uses the only functional limb on his wracked body, his left foot. Christy also learns to paint and becomes an accomplished writer, poet, and artist.

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  • 100

    Boston Globe Jay Carr

    Brilliant and impassioned as Day Lewis' performance is, it isn't the only reason this film is so exhilarating. Director Jim Sheridan, who clearly has assimilated Brown's two memoir...

  • 100

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    As good as the story is, and as brilliant as director Jim Sheridan is in his first feature, it is Daniel Day-Lewis who is transcendent as Brown. [2 Feb 1990, p.3F]

  • 100

    Rolling Stone Peter Travers

    Throughout his life, Brown refused to give in to public convention or his own despair; he wouldn't play the victim. Brown labored to express all of his feelings, not just the accep...

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Historical, Biography