Gaby-A True Story


1h 50m 1987
Gaby-A True Story

Brief Synopsis

A girl with cerebral palsy fights to build a life as an artist and activist.

Film Details

Also Known As
Gaby, a True Story
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Biography
Release Date
1987
Production Company
Buckley Norris
Distribution Company
TriStar Pictures
Location
Morelos, Mexico; Cuernavaca, Mexico

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Synopsis

A girl with cerebral palsy fights to build a life as an artist and activist.

Crew

Hazel Adkins

Assistant

Ignacia Aguilar

Wardrobe Supervisor

Jose Luis Aguilar

Swing Gang

Lorna Anderson

Sound

Alberto Arellanos

Camera Operator

Alberto Arellanos

Lighting Director

Jorge Arenas

Other

Ana Ballesteros

Caterer

Jesus Rodriguez Barajas

Grip

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Music

Mark Berger

Sound

Olivia Bond

Set Designer

Gabriela Brimmer

Assistant

Gabriela Brimmer

Book As Source Material

Demian Brocher

Other

April Brugge

Other

Policarpop Calle

Song

Virginia Campos

Hairdresser

Alicia Carbajal

Script Supervisor

Rigoberto Carmona

Other

Salvador Cerecero

Assistant Camera Operator

Garth Craven

Editor

Samuel Craven

Assistant Editor

Jacqueline Cristianini

Sound Editor

Alfonso Cuarón

Unit Director

Alfonso Cuarón

Assistant Director

Lisa Davis

Assistant Editor

Lisa Davis

Sound Editor

Luciana S Decabarga

Production Associate

Luciana S Decabarga

Assistant

Robert Deschane

Foley Mixer

Robert Deschane

Adr Mixer

Morris I Diamond

Music Supervisor

Lucile Donay

Costume Designer

Michael Dressel

Sound Editor

Francisco Drohojowski

Executive Consultant

Dennis Drummond

Sound Editor

Alma Rosa Elizondo

Other

Jacobo Feldman

Associate Producer

Tolita Figueroa

Costume Designer

Mike Fitzgerald

Assistant

Mel R Friedman

Assistant

Captain Fernando Garcia

Electrician

Jose Antonio Garcia

Sound

Yolanda Garcia

Swing Gang

Domitilo Gomez

Assistant

Laura Gorham

Other

Hugo Green

Production Manager

Robert Grieve

Sound Supervisor

Barbara Guedel

Makeup

Sandra Guerra

Production Assistant

Wilt Henderson

Sound Editor

Antonio Hernandez

Camera Equipment

Jose Lopez Hernandez

Construction Coordinator

Victor Hernandez

Camera

Eduardo Herrera

Camera

Jose Dolores Herrera

Other

Jose Luis Herrera

Property Master Assistant

Kimba Hills

Casting Director

John Huddy

Executive Consultant

William P Jacobson

Production

Maurice Jarre

Music

Maurice Jarre

Music Supervisor

Rafael Jauregui

Associate Producer

Santiago Jimenez

Song

Jose Jaime Juarez

Hair Assistant

Leticia Jufre

Assistant

Elliott Kastner

Assistant

Ezra Kliger

Music Coordinator

Lajos Koltai

Director Of Photography

Gyula Kovacs

Camera Assistant

Fermin Gomez Lara

Electrician

Ron Leonard

Soloist

Eduardo Linder

Consultant

Michael James Love

Screenplay

Emmanuel Lubezki

Director Of Photography

Patricia Luke

Script Supervisor

Alejandro Luna

Art Director

Eliseo Orozco Luna

Camera Assistant

Dr. Juan Jose B Luna

Medic

Itzhak Magal

Sound

Lourdes Maldonado

Wardrobe

Luis Mandoki

Story By

Luis Mandoki

Coproducer

Luis Mandoki

Screenplay

Margarita Mandoki

Casting Director

Horacio L Martinez

Costumes

Dr. Lauro Martinez

Assistant

Tlacateotl Mata

Assistant

Florencia Morales

Assistant

Marco Antonio Morales

Property Master

Ivan Moravec

Other

Norma Morell

Assistant

Fernando S Moreno

Gaffer

Ma Luisa Moreno

Wardrobe

Joel Moss

Music

Ernesto Munoz

Boom Operator

Lucrecia Munoz

Makeup

Roberto Munoz

Other

Jaime Nava

Transportation Captain

Buckley Norris

Production Insurance

Dr. Libertad O'cana

Assistant

David Parker

Sound

Michael Perkal

Auditor

Noga Perry

Assistant

Pinchas Perry

Executive Producer

Pinchas Perry

Producer

Elena Poniatowska

Assistant

Elena Poniatowska

Book As Source Material

Jose Quintanar

Office Assistant

Leon Rafael

Photography

Johanna Ray

Casting

Manuel Rodriquez

Other

Luz Maria Rojas

Production Manager

Tony Romeo

Song

Jes·s Romero

Key Grip

Allan K Rosen

Music Editor

Marcos Salame

Associate Producer

Rosalia Salazar

Production Coordinator

Martin Salinas

Screenplay

Antonio R Sanchez

Grip

Pilar Sanchez

Costumes

Ulises Sanchez

Office Assistant

Noel Serra

Hair

Deborah Shapiro

Location Coordinator

Margot Shaw

Stunts

Marc A. Solomon

Associate Producer

Marc A. Solomon

Post-Production Supervisor

Isabel Tardan

Assistant

Lois Trent-bring

Negative Cutting

Martin Turnovsky

Music Conductor

Amy Umland

Dialogue Coach

Amy Umland

Apprentice

Jose Pena Vilchis

Grip

Miguel Villafane

Photography

Cuco Villarias

Steadicam Operator

Steven Weisberg

Associate Editor

Steven B Yankelevitz

Production

Catalina Zepeda

Wardrobe Supervisor

Catalina Zepeda

Unit Manager

Film Details

Also Known As
Gaby, a True Story
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Biography
Release Date
1987
Production Company
Buckley Norris
Distribution Company
TriStar Pictures
Location
Morelos, Mexico; Cuernavaca, Mexico

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Award Nominations

Best Supporting Actress

1987
Norma Aleandro

Articles

Gaby - A True Story


Gaby: A True Story (1987) is an inspiring film biography of real-life Mexican writer and activist Gabriela Brimmer (1947-2000). Stricken with severe cerebral palsy from birth, Gaby (Rachel Levin [née Chagall]) struggles to overcome her disability with the help of her devoted nurse Florencia (Norma Aleandro).

The real Gabriela Brimmer lent her full support to Gaby, which took director Luis Mandoki seven years to bring to the big screen. Rachel Levin brings a remarkable sensitivity to her role as Gaby. Having endured a bout herself with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a crippling disorder that left her paralyzed and in the hospital for 80 days, Levin had a unique understanding of the physical and emotional challenges of dealing with a disability.

Liv Ullmann, Robert Loggia, Lawrence Monoson and Tony Goldwyn all lend excellent support in this uplifting story. However, it is Norma Aleandro, one of Argentina's top stage and screen actresses, whose Academy Award nominated performance as Gaby's nurse Florencia that particularly shines. "A superb performance by Norma Aleandro, the Argentine actress who starred in The Official Story (]1985], and has her first English-speaking film role here), is a real standout," said the New York Times review, "and it contributes greatly to the film's verisimilitude. Miss Aleandro is a marvel, conveying both the shyness and the meddlesomeness of someone living in so symbiotic a situation..."

With its message of hope, strength and determination, Gaby: A True Story is certainly inspirational but also decidedly unsentimental. Critic Brian Case of TimeOut wrote "this factually based film does not minimise the unattractiveness of affliction, and the scenes of passion between two handicapped people, Gaby (Levin) and her boyfriend (Monoson), are not easy to watch."

Director: Luis Mandoki
Screenplay: Michael James Love, Martin Salinas; Luis Mandoki (developer)
Cinematography: Lajos Koltai
Music: Maurice Jarre
Film Editing: Garth Craven
Cast: Liv Ullmann (Sari), Norma Aleandro (Florencia), Robert Loggia (Michel), Rachel Levin (Gaby), Lawrence Monoson (Fernando), Robert Beltran (Luis), Beatriz Sheridan (Fernando's mother), Tony Goldwyn (David), Danny De La Paz (Carlos), Paulina Gomez (Gaby, 3 Years Old), Enrique Lucero (Minister of Education), Eduardo Lopez Rojas (Hector Bulle Goyri).
C-110m. Letterboxed.

by Andrea Passafiume
Gaby - A True Story

Gaby - A True Story

Gaby: A True Story (1987) is an inspiring film biography of real-life Mexican writer and activist Gabriela Brimmer (1947-2000). Stricken with severe cerebral palsy from birth, Gaby (Rachel Levin [née Chagall]) struggles to overcome her disability with the help of her devoted nurse Florencia (Norma Aleandro). The real Gabriela Brimmer lent her full support to Gaby, which took director Luis Mandoki seven years to bring to the big screen. Rachel Levin brings a remarkable sensitivity to her role as Gaby. Having endured a bout herself with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a crippling disorder that left her paralyzed and in the hospital for 80 days, Levin had a unique understanding of the physical and emotional challenges of dealing with a disability. Liv Ullmann, Robert Loggia, Lawrence Monoson and Tony Goldwyn all lend excellent support in this uplifting story. However, it is Norma Aleandro, one of Argentina's top stage and screen actresses, whose Academy Award nominated performance as Gaby's nurse Florencia that particularly shines. "A superb performance by Norma Aleandro, the Argentine actress who starred in The Official Story (]1985], and has her first English-speaking film role here), is a real standout," said the New York Times review, "and it contributes greatly to the film's verisimilitude. Miss Aleandro is a marvel, conveying both the shyness and the meddlesomeness of someone living in so symbiotic a situation..." With its message of hope, strength and determination, Gaby: A True Story is certainly inspirational but also decidedly unsentimental. Critic Brian Case of TimeOut wrote "this factually based film does not minimise the unattractiveness of affliction, and the scenes of passion between two handicapped people, Gaby (Levin) and her boyfriend (Monoson), are not easy to watch." Director: Luis Mandoki Screenplay: Michael James Love, Martin Salinas; Luis Mandoki (developer) Cinematography: Lajos Koltai Music: Maurice Jarre Film Editing: Garth Craven Cast: Liv Ullmann (Sari), Norma Aleandro (Florencia), Robert Loggia (Michel), Rachel Levin (Gaby), Lawrence Monoson (Fernando), Robert Beltran (Luis), Beatriz Sheridan (Fernando's mother), Tony Goldwyn (David), Danny De La Paz (Carlos), Paulina Gomez (Gaby, 3 Years Old), Enrique Lucero (Minister of Education), Eduardo Lopez Rojas (Hector Bulle Goyri). C-110m. Letterboxed. by Andrea Passafiume

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall October 30, 1987

Released in United States November 13, 1987

Released in United States on Video July 21, 1988

Released in United States September 14, 1987

Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals September 14, 1987.

Feature directorial debut for Luis Mandoki.

Began shooting September 22, 1986.

Completed shooting October 1986.

Released in United States on Video July 21, 1988

Released in United States September 14, 1987 (Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals September 14, 1987.)

Released in United States Fall October 30, 1987

Released in United States November 13, 1987 (Los Angeles)