The film is based on the true story of Christy Brown, a near quadriplegic
born to a large, poor Irish family. His mother recognizes his intelligence
and humanity while most others ignore or ridicule him. Eventually, Christy
matures into a grouchy novelist who writes with his only functional limb,
his left foot.
Daniel Day-Lewis received an Oscar for best actor and Brenda Fricker as
best supporting actress.
Rated R for language and violence.
Post-film discussion led by Douglas Scott Hessler.
About the director.
Daniel Day-Lewis, son of the late British Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis,
has led an interesting life, including a break from acting to learn the
cobbler's craft. About
on the film.
Discussion leader Douglas Scott Hessler's