MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 188 this week

The Miracle Worker (1979)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  14 October 1979 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 352 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 1 critic

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 30 Jan 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 04 Oct 2012
 
a list of 4433 titles
created 28 Jun 2014
 
a list of 2189 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Miracle Worker (TV Movie 1979)

The Miracle Worker (TV Movie 1979) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Miracle Worker.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

My Sweet Charlie (TV Movie 1970)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A pregnant white Southern girl and a black New York lawyer, both on the run in rural Texas, meet up in a boarded-up, abandoned house and realize they both need each other in order to ... See full summary »

Director: Lamont Johnson
Stars: Patty Duke, Al Freeman Jr., Ford Rainey
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

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

Director: Arthur Penn
Stars: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Film version of Jacqueline Susann's best-selling novel chronicling the rise and fall of three young ladies in show business.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke
Maxie (1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A 1920s flapper who haunts her old house possesses a dull housewife who just moved in. Hilarity ensues.

Director: Paul Aaron
Stars: Glenn Close, Mandy Patinkin, Ruth Gordon
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When her daughter joins a ballet company, a former dancer is forced to confront her long-ago decision to give up the stage to have a family.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, Mikhail Baryshnikov
She Waits (TV Movie 1972)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A murdered woman seeks revenge, possesses her husband's new wife.

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Patty Duke, David McCallum, Dorothy McGuire
A Time to Triumph (TV Movie 1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Construction worker, Chuck Hassan, has a heart attack and is no longer able to work and support his family. After losing their home and savings, his wife, Concetta, looks for work and ... See full summary »

Director: Noel Black
Stars: Patty Duke, Joseph Bologna, Julie Bovasso
One Woman's Courage (TV Movie 1994)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Because Grace's husband Craig is having an affair she starts drinking. One night Grace witnesses a man attacking a girl; she helps her to the hospital but does not want to be a witness in ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Robert Carner
Stars: Patty Duke, James Farentino, Keith Szarabajka
Cries from the Heart (TV Movie 1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Michael is an autistic 7 year old child. He cannot speak or write. His mother, Karen, sends him to a special school to help him learn. Michael is taught to use a computer in order to ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Switzer
Stars: Patty Duke, Melissa Gilbert, Bradley Pierce
Family of Strangers (TV Movie 1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Julie must disclose her family's medical history before undergoing major surgery, but when she questions her family, she discovers that she was adopted and later, that her conception was the product of a rape.

Director: Sheldon Larry
Stars: Melissa Gilbert, Patty Duke, Martha Gibson
Deliverance (1919)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The true story of Helen Keller, who lost her vision and hearing at the age of two, was considered a hopeless case, but who through the diligent aid of teacher Anne Sullivan became a ... See full summary »

Director: George Foster Platt
Stars: Etna Ross, Tula Belle, Edith Lyle
Call Me Anna (TV Movie 1990)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Actress Patty Duke portrays herself in this autobiographical film that details her long-time struggle with mental illness.

Director: Gilbert Cates
Stars: Patty Duke, Timothy Carhart, Howard Hesseman
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Charles Siebert ...
...
Stanley Wells ...
...
Hilda Haynes ...
Titos Vandis ...
Byron Green ...
Percy
...
Martha
...
Jimmy
James Lee Canady ...
Servant
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 October 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cudotwórczyni  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Melissa Gilbert originally wanted to offer the part of Annie Sullivan to Meredith Baxter, but the adults working on the project suggested offering the part to Patty Duke, who had played Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962). See more »

Connections

Edited into Intimate Portrait: Patty Duke (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

This film version has been underrated by some.
2 May 2003 | by (Watertown, TN) – See all my reviews

I really loved this film, and miss seeing it. It would be wonderful to see it on television and on video. While I agree that Melissa's hair may have been a bit too long, it certainly accentuated the wild look Helen must have had, especially when she struggled against Annie.

It's easy to make comparisons between originals and remakes. I've done it. But, in all fairness, a remake should be viewed with as open a mind as possible. Patty and Melissa both showed great strength and endurance in the "wrestling" scenes. It couldn't have been easy. Anyway, I have always loved the story of Helen Keller, and try not to miss an opportunity to see anything about her. Please try to bring it back, for us. Thanks.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I love this movie! PrincessRhea
Jimmie Sullivan? Musical_Fanatic
Jimmy Keller as Jonathan Gilbert dayvid20000
Discuss The Miracle Worker (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?