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The Miracle Worker (1962)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 28 July 1962 (USA)
The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate.

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Young Helen Keller, blind, deaf, and mute since infancy, is in danger of being sent to an institution. Her inability to communicate has left her frustrated and violent. In desperation, her parents seek help from the Perkins Institute, which sends them a "half-blind Yankee schoolgirl" named Annie Sullivan to tutor their daughter. Through persistence and love, and sheer stubbornness, Annie breaks through Helen's walls of silence and darkness and teaches her to communicate. Written by Christina Dunigan <minstrel@wf.net>

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A mighty motion picture experience. . .touch it. . .sense it. . .feel it. . .you can't forget it! See more »

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Biography | Drama

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28 July 1962 (USA)  »

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Ana de los milagros  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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United Artists originally offered a $2-million budget if writer William Gibson and director Arthur Penn would cast either Elizabeth Taylor or Audrey Hepburn in the role of Annie Sullivan. When they insisted that the part be recreated by Tony Award winner Anne Bancroft, UA cut the budget by $1.5 million. See more »

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In the breakfast scene where Annie is wrestling with Helen it shows a candle cover knocked down from a table against the wall. Seconds later, when Annie somersaults out of Helen's grip- it shows it back upright in it's original position. As Annie pulls Helen back to get her spoon, the cover in on the floor again. See more »

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Annie Sullivan: I wanted to teacher her what language is. I know without it to do nothing but obey is no gift. Obedience without understanding is a blindness too. Is that all I've wished on her?
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Referenced in Flawless (1999) See more »

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Hush, Little Baby
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Traditional Southern lullaby
Music adapted by Don Costa
Lyrics by Arthur Siegel
Sung by Anne Bancroft
Also played in the score
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Fantastic performances
8 June 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I don't think I've seen a movie with such amazing performances in a LONG time! The more work I see of Anne Bancroft, the more I'm impressed with her craft. I've never seen Patty Duke in anything before, so needless to say, I was blown away by her performance as well.

The most intense acting is done without any dialogue, especially where Anne Sullivan insists that Helen learn how to eat properly.

Such incredible performances (very Oscarly deserved!) and even more incredible story to boot!


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