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Release Date:
14 October 1979 (USA) See more »
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Directed by
Paul Aaron 
Writing credits
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William Gibson  play
William Gibson  screenplay

Produced by
Fred Coe .... producer
Barbara Cowan .... associate producer (as Barbara Abeles)
Alan David .... assistant producer
Sandy Gallin .... executive producer
Raymond Katz .... executive producer
Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg 
Cinematography by
Ted Voigtlander 
Film Editing by
Gerald Lee Taylor 
Art Direction by
Kim Swados 
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Donna Barrett Gilbert .... hair stylist
Sound Department
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Frank Meadow .... sound mixer
George E. Marshall Jr. .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lon Massey III .... lighting director
Other crew
Bill McCamey .... on-set nurse

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98 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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The original Broadway production of "The Miracle Worker" opened at the Playhouse Theater on October 19, 1959, ran for 719 performances, and won the 1960 Tony Award for Best Play. Anne Bancroft (winner of the 1960 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play) and Patty Duke recreated their stage roles in the movie. William Gibson wrote the teleplay, the stage play and the screenplay.See more »
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
encore time, 16 October 2006
Author: capricorn9 from Toronto, Canada

Just finally got a copy of this on VHS off eBay. Been trying for years. Missed it the first time around and have never seen it listed in the TV guide since. Great to see Miss Duke-Astin return to this role. What a great idea in casting! Understand Melissa Gilbert put the project together so showcase her talents and she does that quite well. Although I do find a little more humor in Miss Duke-Astin's performance (more from facial expressions)I find it very believable and proves what an actress she can be when she wants to be. The supporting cast is well chosen and performs well and this is the perfect companion piece to the original.

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