Gaby: A True Story

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Gaby: A True Story
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Film video cover
Directed by Luis Mandoki
Produced by Pinchas Perry
Written by Martin Salinas
Michael James Love
Starring Rachel Levin
Norma Aleandro
Liv Ullmann
Narrated by Norma Aleandro
Music by Maurice Jarre
Cinematography Lajos Koltai
Edited by Garth Craven
G. Brimmer Productions
Distributed by Tri-Star Pictures
Release dates
October 30, 1987
Running time
110 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $ 5,000,000 (Estimated)
Box office $ 125,400

Gaby: A True Story is a 1987 American-Mexican drama biographical film directed by Luis Mandoki and starring Rachel Chagall (who, at the time, was billed under her real name, Rachel Levin), Norma Aleandro, Liv Ullmann and Robert Loggia. It was written by Michael Love and Martín Salinas. It chronicles the lives of Gabriela Brimmer, a Mexican writer and disability rights activist, and her caretaker, Florencia Sánchez Morales.


The story chronicles the life of Gaby Brimmer, the child of Austrian refugees living in Mexico, who is born with cerebral palsy. Though most of her body is completely paralyzed, her mind and left foot is unaffected, and she is able to become a college graduate and an acclaimed author.



The New York Times said the film was blunt and unsentimental. It praised Aleandro very highly.[1]

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Academy Awards[edit]

Casting Society of America[edit]

  • Best Casting – Motion Picture Drama

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