The only Irish '80s movie: 'My Left Foot'
TODAY'S RETRO-REVIEW: 1989's My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Ray McAnally, Brenda Fricker. Directed by Jim Sheridan. Adapted from the book written by Christy Brown.
THE PLOT: The true life story of Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy to a poor Irish family. With the help of his strong-willed mother, Brown learned to paint and write poetry -- with only his left foot.
MAYBE YOU REMEMBER: My Left Foot is the only film ever to get an A+ rating from Entertainment Weekly, according to IMDB.com. Brenda Fricker won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Christy's mother.
SURELY YOU CAN'T FORGET: Daniel Day-Lewis won his first Oscar for the leading role, beating Tom Cruise (Born on the Fourth of July), Robin Williams (Dead Poets Society), Morgan Freeman (Driving Miss Daisy) and Kenneth Branagh (Henry V ). He also broke two ribs while being hunched over in a wheelchair both on and off screen during filming as he insisted on staying character around the clock.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAID: "My Left Foot is a great film for many reasons, but the most important is that it gives us such a complete picture of this man's life. It is not an inspirational movie, although it inspires. It is not a sympathetic movie, although it inspires sympathy." -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
WHY WE STILL LOVE IT: It has almost as many f-bombs as Scarface. And because deep down, especially on St. Patrick's Day, we all envy Christy drinking whiskey from a straw.
TOP 5 MEMORABLE LINES FROM MY LEFT FOOT:
5. "If you work with me, I'll help you say 'f--- off' more clearly."
4. "Con-gra-tu-la-tions to you and Peter. I'm glad you taught me to speak so I could say that."
3. "Well, Christy, that's the nearest he'll ever come to saying I love you."
2. "This is Christy Brown, my son. Genius."
1. "All is nothing, therefore nothing must end."