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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 Mary Carr (Ruth McCabe). There's no sugarcoating in My Left Foot: Brown, a heavy drinker, was by no means lovable. 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 co-scripted with Shane Connaughton from Christy Brown's autobiography. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 10, 1989

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Jim Sheridan Best Foreign Film 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jim Sheridan Best Director 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jim Sheridan Best Adapted Screenplay 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Noel Pearson Best Picture 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Shane Connaughton Best Adapted Screenplay 1989 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Brenda Fricker Best Supporting Actress 1988 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Brenda Fricker Best Supporting Actress 1989 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Brenda Fricker Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1989 Nominee
Montréal World Film Festival Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actor 1988 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actor 1988 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actor 1988 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actor 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actor 1989 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actor 1989 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Daniel Day-Lewis Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1989 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ray McAnally Best Supporting Actor 1989 Winner

Cast

Daniel Day-Lewis
as Christy Brown
Ray McAnally
as Mr. Brown
Brenda Fricker
as Mrs. Brown
Ruth McCabe
as Mary Carr
Fiona Shaw
as Dr. Eileen Cole
Hugh O'Conor
as Young Christy Brown
Cyril Cusack
as Lord Castlewelland
Alison Whelan
as Old Sheila
Declan Croghan
as Old Tom
Eileen Colgan
as Nan
Marie Conmee
as Sadie
Sarah Cronin
as Girl Friend
Jean Doyle
as Woman with Pram
Phelim Drew
as Brian
Martin Dunne
as Waiter
Julie Hale
as Rachel
Tom Hickey
as Priest
Patricia Higgins
as Viola
Simon Kelly
as Liam
Patrick Laffan
as Barman
Conor Lambert
as Punch and Judy Puppeteer
Margaret Lyons
as Piano
Darren McHugh
as Young Benny
Keith O'Conor
as Young Brian
Hilery O'Donovan
as Cello
Ger O'Leary
as Mourner
Derry Power
as Customer in Bar
Charlie Roberts
as Mourner
Owen Sharp
as Young Tom
Kirsten Sheridan
as Young Sharon
Britta Smith
as Nurse
Jacinta Whyte
as Jenny
Adrian Dunbar
as Peter
Eanna Mac Liam
as Old Benny
Patricia Higgins
as Viola
Margaret Lyons
as Piano
Jacinta Whyte
as Jenny
Conor Lambert
as Punch and Judy Puppeteer
Kirsten Sheridan
as Young Sharon
Derry Power
as Customer in Bar
Britta Smith
as Nurse
Jean Doyle
as Woman with Pram
Darren McHugh
as Young Benny
Julie Hale
as Rachel
Owen Sharp
as Young Tom
Eileen Colgan
as Nan
Hilery O'Donovan
as Cello
Adrian Dunbar
as Peter
Ger O'Leary
as Mourner
Simon Kelly
as Liam
Phelim Drew
as Brian
Charlie Roberts
as Mourner
Martin Dunne
as Waiter
Marie Conmee
as Sadie
Keith O'Conor
as Young Brian
Patrick Laffan
as Barman
Sarah Cronin
as Girl Friend
Tom Hickey
as Priest

Crew

Jim Sheridan
Director
Paul Heller
Producer
Noel Pearson
Producer
Arthur Lappin
Producer
Steve Morrison
Producer
Jim Sheridan
Screenwriter
Shane Connaughton
Screenwriter
Jack Conroy
Cinematographer
Elmer Bernstein
Composer (Music Score)
Elmer Bernstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
J. Patrick Duffner
Editor
Austen Spriggs
Production Designer
Shirley Lynch
Set Designer
Joan Bergin
Costume Designer
Gerry Johnson
Special Effects
Peter Brayham
Stunts
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