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The Miracle Worker (1962)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 28 July 1962 (USA)
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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 <minstrel@wf.net>

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Release Date:

28 July 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ana de los milagros  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The play was originally produced as "Playhouse 90; The Miracle Worker (1957)", broadcast on February 7, 1957, and starred Teresa Wright as Annie Sullivan, Patty McCormack as Helen Keller, Burl Ives as Captain Keller and Katharine Bard as Katie Keller. See more »


The way Annie holds the doll changes after Helen gets back in bed after learning 'milk.' 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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Referenced in Night Court: The Computer Kid (1984) See more »


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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29 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

Where do I begin? Shall I speak of Mrs Bancroft's performance,one of the finest you can watch on a screen?Shall I tell about Patty Duke's tour de force?Shall I praise the mind-boggling work of Arthur Penn,directing the long fight around the table?This movie is a miracle in itself.Behind her dark spectacles,the teacher hides buried terrors,that's why she's bound to understand her unusual pupil.She knows that the solution to her problems lies in herself,that the family is a prison .The parents do not see(or do not want to see) that they erect a wall between their daughter and the world outside by poisoning her with protection.That's why Annie seems brutal,hard on Helen.She could not have broken the wall if she had been a "nice" teacher.Among all Penn's great movies ,"miracle worker" is the only one that has an optimistic end.Since,other directors have tackled autism(children of a lesser God,rain man)but no one has surpassed this black and white gem.

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