My Left Foot
My Left Foot poster
Directed by Jim Sheridan
Produced by Noel Pearson
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis
Ray McAnally
Brenda Fricker
Fiona Shaw
Hugh O'Conor
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography Jack Conroy
Editing by J. Patrick Duffner
Distributed by Granada Films
Release 24 February 1989
Running time 103 minutes
Country Ireland
Language English
Budget £600,000
Gross revenue $14,743,391

My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown is a 1989 drama film directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Day-Lewis. It tells the true story of Christy Brown, an Irishman born with cerebral palsy, who could control only his left foot. Christy Brown grew up in a poor, working-class family, and became a writer and artist. The film also stars Ray McAnally, Brenda Fricker, Fiona Shaw, Julie Hale, Alison Whelan, Kirsten Sheridan, Declan Croghan, Eanna MacLiam, Marie Conmee, and Cyril Cusack. It was adapted by Shane Connaughton and Jim Sheridan from the book of the same name by Christy Brown.

The film was well received by critics and audiences alike. Day-Lewis was praised for his portrayal of Brown, which earned him his first Academy Award for Best Actor. Fricker also won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.


  • Daniel Day-Lewis as Christy Brown
  • Brenda Fricker as Bridget Brown
  • Ray McAnally as Paddy Brown
  • Fiona Shaw as Dr. Eileen Cole
  • Hugh O'Conor as young Christy Brown
  • Kirsten Sheridan as Sharon Brown
  • Alison Whelan as Sheila Brown
  • Eanna MacLiam as Benny Brown
  • Declan Croghan as Tom Brown
  • Marie Conremme as Sadie Brown
  • Cyril Cusack as Lord Castlewelland
  • Phelim Drew as Brian
  • Ruth McCabe as Mary Carr

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