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The Miracle Worker -- With a script written by William Gibson from his original play, the Miracle Worker tells the inspirational story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan.
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Release Date:
14 October 1979 (USA) See more »
Young Helen Keller, blind, deaf, and mute since infancy, is in danger of being sent to an institution... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Not bad, but the 1962 black & white classic is better... See more (4 total) »


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Directed by
Paul Aaron 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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 Meadows .... sound mixer (as Frank Meadow)
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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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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Version of The Miracle Worker (1962)See more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Not bad, but the 1962 black & white classic is better..., 3 January 1999
Author: Lori S

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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