My Left Foot

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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 ...
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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 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.
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Special Features

The real Christy Brown; An Inspirational Journey: The Making of My Left Foot; Still gallery; My Left Foot reviews; Digitally remastered picture and sound; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound Widescreen (1.85:1) - enhanced for 16x9 televisions; French language track; French and Spanish subtitles
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All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Film and TV productions about the severely ill frequently dwell only on a character's Jekyll, not his Hyde. The idea is to give viewers a feel-good character to root for or cry about, someone who overcomes impossible odds to live a triumphant life or who dies gently without the burning and raging advised by Dylan Thomas. This 1989 production presents the whole of its central character, Christy Brown, a victim of cerebral palsy who has one functioning appendage, his left foot. Not only does the film show viewers a courageous, persevering Christy who contorts himself into a pretzel just to write with his toes, but it also shows them an angry, wrathful Christy who resorts to screaming, kicking, and the foulest of four-letter words to vent his spleen. Daniel Day-Lewis won a Best Actor Academy Award for his moving portrayal of the adult Brown, but young Hugh O'Conor was also impressive in his portrayal of Brown as one of 13 children of a Dublin bricklayer. Unforgettable is a scene in which young Christy huddles in the shadows of his shoddy home, a wretched lump of flesh that his family thinks cannot function physically or mentally. And then, without warning, he shocks everyone by using a piece of chalk and the toes of his left foot to scrawl a word on the floor. Brenda Fricker won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar as Christy's mom, a woman of fierce resolve who helps him liberate his brilliant mind from its prison of darkness. As Christy's father, Ray McAnally ably portrays a weak man who musters enough courage to keep his son at home rather than institutionalize him. The real-life Christy Brown went on to become a famous author and painter -- and an alcoholic -- and this outstanding film gives you all of him, for better or worse.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2005
  • UPC: 786936151985
  • Original Release: 1989
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  • Source: Miramax
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Eileen Colgan Nan
Marie Conmee Sadie
Sarah Cronin Girl Friend
Don King Double Bass
Jean Doyle Woman with Pram
Phelim Drew Brian
Adrian Dunbar Peter
Martin Dunne Waiter
Milt Fleming Mourner
Julie Hale Rachel
Tom Hickey Priest
Patricia Higgins Viola
Simon Kelly Liam
Eileen Kohlmann Violin
Patrick Laffan Barman
Conor Lambert Punch and Judy Puppeteer
Eanna Mac Liam Old Benny
Margaret Lyons Piano
Darren McHugh Young Benny
Ulick O'Connor Critic
Keith O'Conor Young Brian
Hilery O'Donovan Cello
Ger O'Leary Mourner
Derry Power Customer in Bar
Daniel Reardon Tony
Charlie Roberts Mourner
Owen Sharp Young Tom
Kirsten Sheridan Young Sharon
Britta Smith Nurse
Lucy Vigne Welsh Petra
Jacinta Whyte Jenny
Technical Credits
Jim Sheridan Director, Screenwriter
Joan Bergin Costumes/Costume Designer
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Brayham Stunts
Shane Connaughton Screenwriter
Jack Conroy Cinematographer
J. Patrick Duffner Editor
Paul Heller Producer
Ken Jennings Makeup
Gerry Johnson Special Effects
Arthur Lappin Producer
Shirley Lynch Set Decoration/Design
Steve Morrison Producer
Noel Pearson Producer
Austen Spriggs Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Original [6:56]
2. Complications [2:00]
3. D Is for Dunce [6:44]
4. All Souls [8:10]
5. M-O-T-H-E-R [4:10]
6. Goalie [3:36]
7. First Love [6:06]
8. Coal [8:07]
9. Look After Ma [5:39]
10. Dr. Cole [4:12]
11. Eileen [6:57]
12. Triumph & Heartbreak [1:15]
13. Putty on the Inside [8:30]
14. New Room [2:51]
15. Wake [4:48]
16. My Own Story [3:05]
17. Stay With Me [7:55]
18. End Credits [9:21]
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Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Set Up
      Spoken Languages
         English
         French
      Captions and Subtitles
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         French
         Spanish
         None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      The Real Christy Brown
      An Inspirational Journey: The Making of My Left Foot
      Still Gallery
      My Left Foot Reviews
         Charles Champlin, Los Angeles Times
         David Denby, New York Magazine
         Pauline Kael, The New Yorker
         Elvis Mithcell, LA Weekly
   Sneak Peeks
      Play All
      Dear Frankie
      Bride & Prejudice
      Prozac Nation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Daniel Day Lewis is Incredible.

    I always pull out this movie on Mother's Day with a box of Kleenex. It is the most inspiring movie I have ever watched.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Daniel Day-Lewis gives the preformance of a lifetime!

    ''My Left Foot'' is one of my absolute favorites. It's beautiful, up-lifting, and inspiring while managing to be honest at the same time. Daniel Day-Lewis is his usual incredible self, and Brenda Fricker shines as his mother. 5 stars!

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