The true story of the artist, writer and cerebral palsy sufferer Christy Brown, based on his own book. It recounts the many problems he faced growing up in his native Ireland, and charts the ways in which he developed the use of his left foot - the only limb over which he had any control - to achieve success as an artist. Oscars were won by Daniel Day-Lewis (playing the adult Brown) and Brenda Fricker (playing Brown's mother).
Based on the story of Christy Brown, this highly acclaimed film depicts his struggle for a normal life. Born with cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family, Christy was able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds. With the help of his strong-willed and dedicated family and his own sheer courage and determination, Christy not only learns to grapple with life's simple physical tasks and complex psychological pains, but he also develops into a brilliant painter, poet and author.
Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker give Oscar winning performances in an emotional tale of life, love and one family's incredible sense of courage. Also star Declan Croghan, Ray McAnally, Hugh O'Connor, Fiona Shaw, and Ruth McCabe.
Won 2 Academy Awards® including Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis (1989).
Won 2 BAFTAs including Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis (1989).
Another 14 awards won and 14 nominations.