The Miracle Worker (1962)

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The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate.



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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 <>

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Release Date:

28 July 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ana de los milagros  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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The French title of this film is "Miracle en Alabama" (translated literally, "Miracle in Alabama"). See more »


During the infamous breakfast scene, while struggling to get Helen back to the table to eat with a spoon, a (presumably) glass candle cover is knocked down from a table against the wall. The sound of plastic hitting the floor is distinctly heard and the cover does not break. It appears again later in the welcome home dinner for Helen. Plastic was not used during the time the film takes place. See more »


James Keller: Maybe you ought to put her away, Father.
Kate Keller: What?
James Keller: Some asylum. It's the kindest thing.
Aunt Ev: Why, she's your sister, James!
James Keller: Half-sister. Half mentally defective. She can't even keep herself clean. It's not pleasant to see her about all the time.
Kate Keller: Do you dare complain about what you can see?
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Hush, Little Baby
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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This Isn't a Top 250 Movie?!? It Should Be!
17 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I haven't seen acting like this in a long time! Patty Duke's portrayal of young Helen Keller shocked me with its intensity, rightness, and sensitivity. Anne Bancroft also played a tough role and did so brilliantly.

The other supporting roles were, of course, a bit stilted in the traditional Southern way, but added to the drama nonetheless. I still gave this movie a "10" despite having issues with the way director Penn handled the flashback scenes...a bit cheesy and not quite in keeping with the underlying plot in all cases. That said, the dinner scene with Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft is 100%+ riveting in a way seldom seen and the movie deserves its accolades just for that scene alone.

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