My Left Foot

D: Jim Sheridan
Palace/Fernadale/Granada (Noel Pearson)
UK/Ireland 1989
103 mins


W: Jim Sheridan & Shane Connaughton [based on the book by Christy Brown]
DP: Jack Conroy
Ed: J. Patrick Duffner
Mus: Elmer Bernstein

Daniel Day-Lewis (Christy Brown), Ray McAnally (Mr. Brown), Brenda Fricker (Mrs. Brown), Ruth McCabe (Mary Carr), Fiona Shaw (Dr. Eileen Cole), Eanna MacLiam (Old Benny), Alison Whelan (Old Sheila), Declan Croghan (Old Tom)

Daniel Day-Lewis gives one of the greatest ever screen performances in this true story of Christy Brown, an Irish-born man who has suffered his whole life with severe cerebral palsy yet overcomes the odds to learn to paint and write with his only controllable limb- his left foot.
It's an amazingly acted piece of work, with brilliant performances not only from its lead actor, but also from Brenda Fricker as Christy's sympathetic mother and Ray McAnally as his abusive father.
An intelligent, heart-tugging and thoroughly entertaining biographical picture.
Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot
Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot