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A movie I will forever remember!,
This review is from: My Left Foot (DVD)
Parents out there: let me put it to you this way...My parents are very conservative, but appreciate great acting when they see it. So, G and only some PG movies were my only viewings. At the age of 7, my mother saw this on VHS, she immediately had me watch it with the rest of the family.
This movie will reach your inner soul and make you see that physical and mental disabilities only hold a person back if they let it. This story of Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy teaches himself and learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. It's based on his autobiography which he typed one letter at a time on his typewriter.
Now, I do admit that you'll have trouble understanding Christy sometimes, caused by his disease. My family had me "translate" what they couldn't understand (I was deaf for a short time of my life, so I related more to the story).
When I have children, I plan to allow them to watch this life changing movie. I will forever remember it, because the true story of Christy Brown touched me deeply. Wait until you see it, you'll know what I'm talking about afterwards.
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Initial post: Jun 18, 2011 8:44:59 PM PDT
Rachel Cash says:
C.G. Holcombe, I had and a virtually identical experience with this film. I was 7 or 8, and I too had never seen a film rated higher than 'PG'. My parents were quite religious and very conservative. However, after they saw "My Left Foot" in the theater, they were not only deeply moved, but also saw the "R" rating as ridiculous. (It was rated as such, because of the repeated use of the "F" word, mostly by Christy, in frustration, and with a thick, almost non-understandable accent). Like your mother, my parents felt so strongly about my seeing this movie, they took me to the theater and watched it a second time, just so I could see it with them. (Incidentally, the only other "R" rated film they did the same with, was "Glory".) Mr. Holcombe, as you so eloquently stated in your review, this film really has stayed with me forever. The scene where Christy is finally able to communicate, with his family, still fills me with emotion, just thinking about it. Although, I have not seen the film since I was a child, it left an indelible mark on my memory and I can recall virtually the entire movie. I cannot say that about any other film I saw at that age. This is also a film you feel obligated to share with others. I cannot count the number of times I have brought this film up to friends as one of the best films I have ever seen, and encouraged them to view it. I am ordering it ,today, so that I can re-watch it, and my fiance can see it, for the first time. I don't think that I can marry him, until he watches it. ;-) Incidentally, if you love this film, you must see "In the Name of the Father", but that's another review. . .
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