Christy Brown was born in Dublin to a very large, poor family. He had severe cerebral palsy and could only control his left foot. Without formal schooling, he became an acclaimed painter, writer, and poet.
This movie is absolutely wonderful. I'd put off watching it because I expected it be maudlin and manipulative, but it's not at all; it's earthy and defiant and fearless, just like Christy. Daniel Day-Lewis earned the Best Actor Oscar for his stunning performance which manages to convey Christy's horrible frustrations and longings without being overly-sentimental. He's really outstanding. Brenda Fricker plays his mother and won Best Supporting Actress; she's immediately likable and admirable. The entire cast is perfect and the story is truly inspiring.