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With: Daniel Day-Lewis, Ray McAnally, Brenda Fricker, Fiona Shaw, Adrian Dunbar, Ruth McCabe, Cyril Cusack
Written by: Jim Sheridan, Shane Connaughton, based on the book by Christy Brown
Directed by: Jim Sheridan
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 103
Date: 02/24/1989

My Left Foot (1989)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Toe to Toe

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Daniel Day-Lewis gives a startling, dazzling performance as ChristyBrown, a man born with cerebral palsy who learned to write and paintwith his left foot. He goes a long way in making My Left Foot a success.Director Jim Sheridan guides the film in a relatively straightforwardmanner, playing the emotional highs and lows like a weeping fiddle.Brenda Fricker turns in an equally heroic performance as Christy'sbother, and both won Oscars for their efforts.

DVD Details: Miramax has released a new 2005 Collector's Series DVD, but I'm not sure how well the film will play 16 years later, since this kind of disease-of-the-week biopic -- and variations thereof -- has been copied to death (Shine, A Beautiful Mind, etc.). The disc comes with a featurette on the real Brown, a making-of featurette and vintage reviews from Elvis Mitchell, Pauline Kael, Charles Champlin and David Denby.

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