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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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An emotional earthquake! See more »

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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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The famous breakfast scene in which Helen trashes the dining room only contains two words ('good girl' spoken by Anne Sullivan). See more »

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At the beginning of the dinnertime confrontation, Helen's position changes; she is kneeling at Annie, and begins to stand, but in the next cut she is kneeling again. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Ev: There's a very famous Perkins School in Boston. They're supposed to do wonders.
Captain Arthur Keller: The child's been to specialists everywhere. They couldn't help her in Baltimore or Washington, could they?
Kate Keller: I think the captain will write to the Perkins School.
Captain Arthur Keller: Katie, how many times are you going to let them break your heart?
Kate Keller: Any number of times. As long as there's the slightest chance for her to see or hear.
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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
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This Isn't a Top 250 Movie?!? It Should Be!
17 November 2004 | by (Arlington, VA USA) – 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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