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
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Patty Duke's Oscar winning performance in this film is her only Academy Award nomination. See more »
In the breakfast scene where Annie is wrestling with Helen it shows a candle cover knocked down from a table against the wall. Seconds later, when Annie somersaults out of Helen's grip- it shows it back upright in it's original position. As Annie pulls Helen back to get her spoon, the cover in on the floor again. See more »
[Captain Arthur and Kate Keller embrace tenderly and thankfully at the seemingly good news]
I can tell you now I thought she wouldn't.
Captain Arthur Keller:
I thought too I'd miss my wife's first. It's a battle scar
Doctor, will my girl be alright?
By morning she'll be knockin' down Cap'n Keller's fences again.
Oh, is there nothing we should do?
Captain Arthur Keller:
Put up stronger fences, huh?
Just let her get well. She knows how better than we do. These things come and go in infants, never know why. Probably ...
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The Helen Keller story is inspiring all by itself, but the portrayals of Anne Sullivan and Helen (Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke) are simply flawless. I watched the newest version of the movie and thought how interesting the story was; but, as I saw the old, black-and-white version I was moved in more ways than I could count! Duke and Bancroft DO know what they are doing! This movie is one of the best productions I've ever seen and with the most amazing acting. Two superb actresses in one movie! At the end of it, it just got me wishing for this quality work in actual movies. Be sure not to miss it, even if you've seen later versions, this one is, by far, the best. A TIMELESS classic :)
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