Gaby: A True Story

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.

Gaby: A True Story
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Film video cover
Directed byLuis Mandoki
Produced byPinchas Perry
Written byMartin Salinas
Michael James Love
StarringLiv Ullmann
Norma Aleandro
Robert Loggia
Lawrence Monoson
Rachel Levin
Narrated byNorma Aleandro
Music byMaurice Jarre
CinematographyLajos Koltai
Edited byGarth Craven
G. Brimmer Productions
Distributed byTri-Star Pictures
Release date
October 30, 1987
Running time
110 min.
CountryUnited States
Budget$ 5,000,000 (Estimated)
Box office$ 125,400


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 are 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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Casting Society of AmericaEdit

  • Best Casting – Motion Picture Drama

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