My Left Foot (1989)




Director:    Bruce Joel Rubin.

Starring:     Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Ray McAnally, Hugh O'Conor, Fiona Shaw, Cyril Cusack, Adrian Dunbar, Ruth McCabe, Alison Whelan

Oscars:       Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker


Christy Brown (Daniel Day-Lewis) is an Irish artist born with cerebral palsy. Only his left leg and foot could be used. 

Christy had a hard struggle.  His family lived in poverty and with little education thought Christy was mentally retarded.  He actually was very intelligent, but he just couldn't express it (because of his cerebral palsy).  And his parents did not know how to educate him properly to bring out his full potential.  Thanks to a female doctor, Christy finally gets the education he needed to function more effectively with others and in the larger society.

Several scenes were very moving as Christy gradually showed his various talents.  The devotion of his mother was also very touching. 

The movie also shows the poverty of the urban Irish.


Patrick Louis Cooney, Ph. D.






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