A gritty, unsentimental drama based on the life and autobiography of cerebral-palsy victim Christy Brown. Considered an imbecile by everyone but his mother (Fricker, in a stunning award-winning performance) until he teaches himself to write. He survives his impoverished Irish roots to become a painter and writer using his left foot, the only appendage over which he has control. He also falls in love and finds some heartaches along the way. Day-Lewis is astounding; the supporting cast, especially Shaw and Cusack, match him measure for measure.
Home Vision Cinema, c/o Image Entertainment, 20525 Nordhoff St., Ste. 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311, URL: http://www.homevision.com
Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 103 minutes.
Originally from Irish.
Oscars 1989: Actor (Day-Lewis), Support. Actress (Fricker); British Acad. 1989: Actor (Day-Lewis), Support. Actor (McAnally); Ind. Spirit 1990: Foreign Film; L.A. Film Critics 1989: Actor (Day-Lewis), Support. Actress (Fricker); Montreal World Film Fest. 1989: Actor (Day-Lewis); N.Y. Film Critics 1989: Actor (Day-Lewis), Film; Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1989: Actor (Day-Lewis).
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