My Left Foot (1989)
Average Rating: 8.2/10
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Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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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
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For all his character's travails the film as a whole winds up surprisingly upbeat.
Day Lewis' re-creation of writer/painter Christy Brown's condition is so precise, so detailed and so matter-of-fact that it transcends the carping about casting an actor without cerebral palsy.
An intelligent, beautifully acted adaptation of Christy Brown's first book.
My Left Foot is a great film for many reasons, but the most important is that it gives us such a complete picture of this man's life.
Not only does Day-Lewis master the physical aspects of the role, the minute-to-minute struggle of almost complete paralysis, he lives the painful genesis of an artistic character.
Deviating from the standard Hollywood biopic, Sheridan's chronicle told with candor, realism, and humor the story of paraplegic writer-artist Christy Brown, embodied in a tour-de-force Oscar-winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.
[The film] leaves one with an overwhelming sense of the miraculousness of life and of this man's spirit.
Even if all My Left Foot had to offer was Day-Lewis's performance, it'd be a must-see movie.
Nothing can detract from the power of this film, especially Daniel Day-Lewis' astonishing performance as Christy Brown.
Much of the pricelessness of My Left Foot comes from Daniel Day-Lewis's spot-on portrayal of Brown, the first acting job that made critics and awards voters really take notice of him.
This wonderful film, perfect in setting the scene of the era and locale, could not be a better story of hope and inspiration.
It's easy to imagine what My Left Foot might have looked like in the hands of a lesser director like, say, Ron Howard.
Inspiration is inherent in Brown's story, but Sheridan, co-screenwriter Shane Connaughton, and Lewis refuse to sanctify him.
...a boisterous, joyous affair, often funny, often brawling, sometimes sad, but always affecting.
A bit rudimentary in form and style, but full of bracing performances and an admirably light-and-dark tone.
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- Mrs. Brown: You break my heart Christy Brown. Sometimes I think you are me heart!
- Christy Brown: Get in that car before I kick your ass
- Mary Carr: And you typed all of it with your left foot?
- Christy Brown: I didn't do it with me nose.
- Mrs. Brown: If I could give you my legs, I'd gladly take yours.
- Christy Brown: I think you're brilliant.
- Dr. Eileen Cole: I'm only as brilliant as my patients.
- Mrs. Brown: A broken body is nothing to a broken heart.
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