My Left Foot (1989)
Critic Consensus: No doubt most will come to My Left Foot for Daniel Day-Lewis' performance, but the movie's refusal to go downbeat will keep it in viewer minds afterwards.
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as Christy Brown
as Mrs. Brown
as Mr. Brown
as Dr. Eileen Cole
as Old Benny
as Old Sheila
as Old Tom
as Young Christy
as Lord Castlewelland
as Young Tom
as Young Benny
as Girl Friend
as Young Brian
as Young Sharon
as Customer in Bar
as Girl Friend
as Woman with Pram
as Punch and Judy Puppeteer
as Double Bassist
as Mourner #1
as Mourner #2
as Mourner #3
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Critic Reviews for My Left Foot
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for My Left Foot
"My Left Foot" may not be the most authentic biopic if you've dug a little bit into the real life of Christy Brown (especially the ending), but Daniel Day-Lewis expectedly keeps you glued to the screen, adding true believability to such an anguished character.
My Left Foot is a stunning real life drama about author and artist Christy Brown. This is superb picture that is brilliantly acted by method actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who would subsequently win an Academy Award for his performance as the adult Brown. For his role, Lewis would study Cerebral Palsy patients for two months and go as far as being fed by someone else. The result is impressive. I've been living with Cerebral Palsy all my life, and though it's not as extreme as Christy Brown case, I found Daniel Day-Lewis' performance to be accurate, well done and superb. I have a minor case of CP, kind of like RJ Mitte from Breaking Bad, but I've lived long enough with CP to notice that all the movements, and muscle spasms that Daniel Day-Lewis made, were dead on. You would swear that he had CP. This is a compelling true story about someone who overcomes great odds to achieve something great in the face of adversity. This is a well crafted movie that is a stunning piece of cinema and is worth seeing if you love stories of triumph, then this is a must see for you. Daniel Day-Lewis is a stunning actor, and his method is legendary and he definitely deserved that Oscar. My Left Foot is an excellent, flawless film that for me, anyways stood out because I related to Christy Brown on a more personal level. For the average viewer, I strongly recommend this one as well, and each viewer can take something special from this movie. This is a very inspirational movie that delivers solid Drama, with a few humorous bits to make for a memorable viewing experience that you soon won't forget. If you come across My Left Foot, definitely check it out, you won't regret it.
Cerebral palsy makes a pathetic lump of a lower class Irishman, but his family makes a man of him and do it against the odds. While Daniel Day-Lewis is at turns indeed fiery and feisty as the lead, Hugh O'Conor is blow for blow as the artist as a child. Pretty good stuff.
My Left Foot Quotes
|Mrs. Brown:||You break my heart Christy Brown. Sometimes I think you ARE me heart!|
|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.|