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
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The French title of this film is "Miracle en Alabama" (translated literally, "Miracle in Alabama"). See more »
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 »
What are you saying to her?
Oh, I was just making conversation. Telling her it was a sewing card.
Does that mean that to her?
Oh, no, she won't know what spelling is till she knows what a word is.
The captain says it's like spelling to a fence post.
Does he now? It's how I watch you talk to your baby.
Any baby. It's gibberish. Grown-up gibberish. Baby-talk gibberish. Do they understand one word of it to start? Somehow they begin to if they hear it. I'm letting Helen hear it.
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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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