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

Goofs

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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Kate Keller: She's a defective child! It's not her fault!
Captain Arthur Keller: I didn't say it was her fault!
Kate Keller: Well, I don't know what to do. How can I teach her, beat her till she's black and blue?
Captain Arthur Keller: We can't have her running around loose! There must be some way to confine her!
Kate Keller: Where, in a cage? She's a growing child!
Captain Arthur Keller: Answer me one thing. Is it fair to the baby there?
Kate Keller: Are you willing to put her away? She wants to talk, like me, like you and me. Every day she slips further and further away. I don't know how to call her back.
Aunt Ev: I ...
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: I Can't Get Started (2002) 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
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A Story That Needed To Be Told
22 May 2004 | by (Indiana) – See all my reviews

An inspiring movie. I watch it now at the age of 48 and I remember why I idolized Anne Bancroft and tried to emulate her acting style when I was a theatre student. I still cry during the final scene at the water pump when she cries out - mother, father - she knows!!!! Thank God that Penn and Gibson made sure that she got this movie part. I still wish she would have gotten the the part of Gittel Mosca for the movie version of their broadway play "Two For The Seesaw" because I will never be able to see her performance. Patty Duke was magnificent. She was very convincing and there is never a moment when you don't think she is deaf, dumb and blind. There is no doubt that this pair deserved the Academy Award for their performances. Helen's story needed to be told and this film was a beautiful and poignant tribute to her life


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