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The Miracle Worker (1979)

Devoted teacher Anne Sullivan leads deaf and blind Helen Keller into the light of learnedness.

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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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Patty Duke, who won an Oscar as young Helen Keller in the 1962 version, played Anne Sullivan in the 1979 TV version and won an Emmy for it. See more »

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Not bad, but the 1962 black & white classic is better...
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This NBC Hallmark Hall of Fame version was filmed in Southern California, which is obvious from the very sunny scenes both inside and out. The older movie version is much darker and moodier, which not only fits the subject matter, but which is more accurate, due to the fact they only had lamplight most of the time. The big trivia here is that Patty Duke now plays Annie Sullivan, whereas she was Helen Keller in the 1962 movie (and won an Oscar for it). Melissa Gilbert was 15 when she filmed this, but is about the same weight as and an inch taller than Patty Duke, which makes Melissa look too old for the role. Also, Melissa's very long hair gets in the way of her wild tantrums - it either should have been cut, or she should have worn a short wig. Both Gilbert & Duke were nominated for Emmys for their roles, but only Duke won the day. Original playwright William Gibson not only wrote this 1979 adaptation, but also the very first one, broadcast on "Playhouse 90" in 1957, starring Patty McCormack, Theresa Wright, Patricia Neal and Burl Ives. That pre-dated the 1959 Broadway version, which starred Duke and Anne Bancroft...


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