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


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William Gibson (screenplay)
William Gibson (based upon the stage play by)
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Release Date:
28 July 1962 (USA) See more »
An emotional earthquake! See more »
The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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A Story That Needed To Be Told See more (88 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anne Bancroft ... Annie Sullivan

Victor Jory ... Captain Arthur Keller

Inga Swenson ... Kate Keller

Andrew Prine ... James Keller
Kathleen Comegys ... Aunt Ev

Patty Duke ... Helen Keller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maribel Ayuso ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Dale Ellen Bethea ... Martha at Age 10 (uncredited)
John Bliss ... Admissions Officer (uncredited)
Grant Code ... Doctor (uncredited)
Michael Darden ... Percy at Age 10 (uncredited)
Michele Farr ... Annie at Age 10 (uncredited)
William F. Haddock ... 2nd Crone (uncredited)
Jack Hollander ... Mr. Anagnos of Perkins School in Boston (uncredited)
Alan Howard ... Jimmie at Age 8 (uncredited)

Judith Lowry ... 1st Crone (uncredited)
Helen Ludlam ... 3rd Crone (uncredited)

Beah Richards ... Viney - Keller Maid (uncredited)
Madge West ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Penn 
Writing credits
William Gibson (screenplay)

William Gibson (based upon the stage play by)

Helen Keller  book "The Story of My Life" (uncredited)

Produced by
Fred Coe .... producer
Original Music by
Laurence Rosenthal (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Ernesto Caparrós (director of photography) (as Ernest Caparros)
Film Editing by
Aram Avakian (edited by)
Art Direction by
George Jenkins 
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley (costumes by)
Makeup Department
Herman Buchman .... make up
Ed Callaghan .... hair styles
Production Management
Harrison Starr .... production manager
David Golden .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Larry Sturhahn .... assistant director (as Larry Sturhan)
Ulu Grosbard .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Mel Bourne .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Emil Kolisch .... sound
Hugh A. Robertson .... sound effects editor
Dick Vorisek .... sound (as Richard Vorisek)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Horton .... camera operator
Tom Volpe .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Music Department
Edward Beyer .... music editor
Gloria Agostini .... musician: harp (uncredited)
Seymour Barab .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Norman Carr .... musician: strings (uncredited)
Loren Glickman .... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
Lenny Hambro .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Herbert J. Harris .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Jacob Krachmalnick .... musician: strings (uncredited)
Sam Levitan .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Charles Libove .... musician: strings (uncredited)
David Nadien .... musician: strings (uncredited)
Matthew Raimondi .... musician: strings (uncredited)
Laurence Rosenthal .... conductor (uncredited)
Walter Trampler .... musician: strings (uncredited)
Arthur Weisberg .... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
Other crew
Maggie James .... script supervisor
Gene Lasko .... direction aide
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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106 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG (alternate rating) | Australia:M (original rating) | Finland:K-8 | Japan:G (2016) | South Korea:All | UK:PG | USA:Approved | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Patty Duke later played Annie Sullivan (with Melissa Gilbert as Helen Keller) in a 1979 TV production (The Miracle Worker (1979) (TV)).See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Annie Sullivan:[after a breakthrough with Helen] Now all I have to teach you is one word - everything.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Miracle Worker (1979) (TV)See more »
Hush, Little BabySee more »


If Helen was born deaf, blind, and mute, how could she say "Wah...wah...?"
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47 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
A Story That Needed To Be Told, 22 May 2004
Author: rockstar74 ( from Indiana

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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