My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown

My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown (1989)

A film about life, laughter, and the occasional miracle.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1989-04-07
  • User Rating: 7.551/10 from 752 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 43min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Ferndale Films
  • Production Country: Ireland, United Kingdom
  • Director: Jim Sheridan
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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 have a intellectual disability for the first ten years of his life.


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  • Daniel Day-Lewis

    as Christy Brown
  • Brenda Fricker

    as Bridget Fagan-Brown
  • Alison Whelan

    as Sheila Brown
  • Declan Croghan

    as Tom Brown
  • Eanna MacLiam

    as Benny Brown
  • Marie Conmee

    as Sadie Brown
  • Kirsten Sheridan

    as Sharon Brown
  • Cyril Cusack

    as Lord Castlewelland
  • Phelim Drew

    as Brian
  • Ruth McCabe

    as Mary Carr
  • Fiona Shaw

    as Dr. Eileen Cole
  • Ray McAnally

    as Patrick Brown
  • Pat Laffan

    as Barman
  • Derry Power

    as Customer in Bar
  • Hugh O'Conor

    as Young Christy Brown
  • Eileen Colgan

    as Nan
  • Tom Hickey

    as Priest
  • Britta Smith

    as Nurse
  • Adrian Dunbar

    as Peter
  • Daniel Reardon

    as Tony
  • Jer O'Leary

    as Mourner #2
  • Naomi Sheridan

    as Child
Sound Elmer Bernstein Original Music Composer
Costume & Make-Up Ken Jennings Makeup Artist
Sound Kathy Durning Music Editor
Editing J. Patrick Duffner Editor
Sound Kieran Horgan Sound mixer
Sound Ron Davis Sound Editor
Camera Jack Conroy Director of Photography
Writing Shane Connaughton Screenplay
Production Noel Pearson Producer
Art Mark Geraghty Assistant Art Director
Production Arthur Lappin Line Producer
Production Mary Alleguen Production Manager
Production Paul M. Heller Executive Producer
Writing Jim Sheridan Screenplay
Directing Jim Sheridan Director
Directing Kevan Barker Assistant Director
Writing Christy Brown Book
Production Steve Morrison Executive Producer
Costume & Make-Up Joan Bergin Costume Design
Production Nuala Moiselle Casting
Crew Terence Plummer Stunts
Crew Dave Holland Stunts
Crew Patrick Condren Stunts
Crew Steve Dent Stunts
Production Grania O'Shannon Location Manager
Lighting Noel Cullen Electrician
Camera Des Whelan Camera Operator
Art Austen Spriggs Production Design
Art Shirley Lynch Set Decoration
Camera Jonathan Hession Still Photographer
Crew Gerry Johnston Special Effects Coordinator
Costume & Make-Up Anne Dunne Hairstylist
Art Russ Bailey Construction Coordinator
Crew Peter Brayham Stunt Coordinator
Crew Jazzer Jeyes Stunts
Crew Alan Walsh Stunts
Lighting Louis Conroy Gaffer
Camera John Murphy Grip
Crew James Hickey Legal Services