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An 80s movie about a man who achieved most things against all odds. Cerebral Palsy sufferer Christy Brown’s life is played out in this movie.

My Left Foot DVD


My Left Foot was one of the biggest inspirational movies of the eighties. The story is about Christy Brown (played by Daniel Day-Lewis), a boy who was born with cerebral palsy.

His mother Mrs. Brown (played by Brenda Fricker) is aware of her son’s potential but others think differently and deem him a vegetable. Christy proves them wrong by becoming a writer using his left foot, his only working limb in the movie My Left Foot.


Christy Brown - Daniel Day-Lewis
Mrs. Brown - Brenda Fricker
Sheila - Alison Whelan
Sharon - Kirsten Sheridan
Tom - Declan Croghan
Benny - Eanna MacLiam
Sadie - Marie Conmee
Lord Castlewelland - Cyril Cusack
Brian - Phelim Drew
Mary - Ruth McCabe
Dr. Eileen Cole - Fiona Shaw
Mr. Brown - Ray McAnally
Barman - Pat Laffan
Customer in Bar - Derry Power
Young Christy Brown - Hugh O'Conor


The hunched over position that Daniel Day-Lewis had to assume in playing the role of Christy Brown in a wheelchair, caused him to break two of his ribs during the filing of My Left Foot.

The movie My Left Foot won two Oscars and 16 other awards.

Academy Awards:

Daniel Day-Lewis won for Best Actor In A Leading Role for the role of Christy Brown in My Left Foot.

Brenda Fricker won for Best Actress In A Supporting Role for the role of Mrs. Brown in My Left Foot.

Jim Sheridan won for Best Director for My Left Foot.

Noel Pearson, Producer won for Best Picture for My Left Foot.

80's Film Facts:

The Movie My Left Foot was released to theatres on 11/10/1989 by Miramax, and grossed $14,041,353 at the box office in the US.

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