My Left Foot Poster

Release Date: 1989

DVD Release Date: March 9th, 1999

R|1 hr 43 min

Plot Summary
No one expects much from Christy Brown (Daniel Day-Lewis), a boy with cerebral palsy born into a working-class Irish family. Though Christy is a spastic quadriplegic and essentially paralyzed, a miraculous event occurs when, at the age of 5, he demonstrates control of his left foot by using chalk to scrawl a word on the floor. With the help of his steely mother (Brenda Fricker) -- and no shortage of grit and determination -- Christy overcomes his infirmity to become a painter, poet and author.

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Ray McAnally, Brenda Fricker, Ruth McCabe, Fiona Shaw, Eanna Macliam, Alison Whelan, Declan Croghan

Director: Jim Sheridan

Genres: Biography

Production Co: Granada Television

Keywords: Rise, Touching, 1930s, Transformation, Love, Underdog, Doctor, 1950s, 1940s, Inspiring

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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]

  • 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 memoirs (the film takes its name from the first), draws Christy's impoverished Irish family with idiomatic rightness and a satisfying and rare (to American films at least) emotional fullness. [15 Sept, 1989, p.41]

  • 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 acceptable ones. Day Lewis works the same way. My Left Foot, a keen match of actor and subject, stands as an eloquent tribute to the talents of both. show more

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Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Directing
Winner Actor in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Make-Up Artist
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)