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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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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 »

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A miraculously engaging TV movie.
24 October 2015 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie during grade school when we were learning the history of Helen Keller. It was actually a very engaging movie of how Helen tries to cope with her blindness and how her teacher, Anne Sullivan, guides her along the way to live life as a blind person, and to also deal with her unruly attitude.

The part where Anne and Helen grapples around the dinner table sent the classroom to laughter. To see Anne have such patience in dealing with Helen's misbehavior and her condition is uplifting.

It's not a movie with some of the best acting, as some of the character interaction were just a little awkward. But overall, it's a pretty good TV movie about the courageousness of Helen Keller and the patience and understanding of Anne Sullivan.

Grade B


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