My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown

Lists: Drama, Best Picture nominee 1980 to 1989

Brief Synopsis: "In this true story told through flashbacks, Christy Brown is born with crippling cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family. Able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds, he is mistakenly believed to be retarded for the first ten years of his life."

Overall Ranking: 253 (Rank from 1989: # 4)

Adjusted* Rating:
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Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 66.67%
Regular 33.33%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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David Baruffi97
Dan O'Neill85 - There were moments in this film that seemed a bit predictable, but thanks to Sheridan’s way of creating a realistic, precise, and inspirational story, mixed with the amazing performance from Day-Lewis, is what makes this film a must-see. In other words: I liked it.
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People Involved

  • Daniel Day-Lewis (Christy Brown)
  • Brenda Fricker (Mrs. Brown)
  • Alison Whelan (Sheila)
  • Declan Croghan (Tom)
  • Eanna MacLiam (Benny)
  • Marie Conmee (Sadie)
  • Kirsten Sheridan (Sharon)
  • Jim Sheridan (Director)
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